No peace for the wicked maintenance team
Hamble School of Yachting’s fleet of 12 boats has been undergoing an intensive programme of maintenance over the last couple of months.
The last student stepped off the water on December 15th and the first course slipped its mooring on 8th of January, even so the majority of boats have been available to the maintenance team for a 8 week period of dedicated maintenance.
‘It’s a bit like painting the Forth Road bridge – keeping 12 boats out on the water, and whilst this is possibly the busiest period for my team, it is an opportunity to do planned work which will keep the yachts sea worthy and without doubt some of the best equipped training craft in the Solent’ says Srujith Wickramasinghe School’s head of engineering. ‘I am incredibly fortunate to have 3 permanent staff to assist me keeping the boats on line and in tip top condition.’
This winter Hamble School of Yachting will have: Srujith Wickramasinghe
Lifted, surveyed and antifouled 12 boats
Replaced and repaired 24 sails
Stripped and serviced 12 engines
Overhauled 6 interiors
Replaced and updated navigation systems
Chris Rushton explains ‘This is an expensive programme updating the electronic navigation suite on one yacht alone costs £6000. But you cannot cut corners when firstly safety and secondly quality of training are involved. This winter is just part of our continuous investment to ensure that Hamble School of Yachting remains one of the pre-eminent sail training establishments in the UK.’