Winter Boat Projects
Norton’s Marine Service Center
Winter is on its way, and the air will be getting just a little too chilly to enjoy your boat, unless you go south for the winter. For those of us who remain on the Bay during the winter, we will have to put our boats on the hard for a (hopefully not too long) winter’s rest. However, having your boat in winter storage, is always a perfect opportunity to make some upgrades to your boat that you will get to enjoy next season. The Marine Service Crew at Norton’s has put together a few examples of awesome service projects they can do for you this winter.
Get a Boot Stripe
Give your boat’s appearance a little something extra. Let our professional paint crew treat your boat to a new boot stripe from our line of Awl Grip paints.
Upgrade your Alternator
At Norton’s we can upgrade your alternator to a Balmar 6 series. This alternator uses an internal regulator when used as a direct replacement for a Yanmar alternator, it can also use an external 3 stage smart regulator, or we can wire in a switch so that you can choose between both options. This is an excellent addition to any cruising boat as it offers redundancy in the event of a regulator failure.
The bottom right photo is showing the simple installation of an external Balmar ARS5 regulator and a typical selector switch box to choose between internal and external regulation.
Get a complete makeover
In the winter months, we always like a good restoration project to keep us busy. We recently painted one customers hull sides with Midnight Blue Awl Craft 2000. Here are a few photos of the painting process. First, we prime the boat with grey primer and then fill in any imperfections. The next step is to apply another coat or two of 545 Awl Grip epoxy primer. This surface is then sanded fair to allow good adhesion of the top coat paint.The chosen top coat for this boat was a very dark blue in Awl Craft 2000. Towards the final stage, she has three coats of a beautiful “Midnight blue”. To finish the paint work we added a gold accent stripe at the window line, then a raised white boot stripe was painted to match the decks. The decks and cabin sides were detailed and repaired with new gelcoat to make them as good as new. With a new coat of bottom paint and a new name decal on the bows, this boat left our shop looking as good as new.
You can see more of this beautiful boat in our Sailboat Brokerage Listings. She is currently listed for $175,000
Or just a little touch-up
At Norton Yacht’s we offer expert paint services and detailing. If your paint surface has lost its luster, we can often restore it to its former beauty with some compounding and a little wax. In the photo below, you can see the brilliant red paint finish below the rub rail. When the boat arrived for some paint service the entire surface was milky looking as it is in this photo above the rub rail. When she left our facility the whole red hull was bright and gleaming.
Make your teak shine like new!
Many of our Jeanneau and Marlow-Hunter boats have the option of using teak on some surfaces, usually in the cockpit. We often apply varnish to seating areas and a blend of different teak oils to the decks. Preparation is everything when coating teak and our experts know every trick in the book to get our teak brighter than anyone else’s
This customer chose varnish for his stern seats. We carefully sand the teak smooth before applying several different teak oils on high traffic areas that can’t be slippery. The teak absorbs the oil completely giving the surface back its non slip quality, while maintaining the beautiful finish. Brush application of the first coat of teak oil to a transom gate.
Install some Davits or Solar Panels
At Norton Yacht’s we install davits from Kato Marine. One of the Kato options is a stabilizer bar that can support solar panels. We can take care of the entire installation and when finished, these panels can provide 15 amps of DC power to your boat in direct sunlight! On our 50’ Marlow-Hunter sailboats we can offer a single bar dingy davit system that looks really sleek On the installation pictured below, we made some custom solar panel brackets and adjusters. We managed to squeeze two enormous solar panels in between the bimini top and the dingy davit giving the customer an extra 17 amps of DC power when tilted into the sunshine!
Solar panels have come a really long way and just a couple of large panels can usually take care of all your refrigeration and freezer needs while keeping the batteries topped up. Inside the boat the amount of solar energy being generated can be constantly monitored at the control panel, this was a reading taken on a cloudy Monday morning, already 6.8A