Thursday 6 December 2012

Why cruising yachts should be given time to stay in South Africa

There will be the odd bad fellow I suppose but in the norm of things the way we see visiting yachts is either passing through and as a single season passage or those with work to do and wanting to repair,change or service their boats, South Africa has a good name for this kind of work.

This is not a cruising boat of course but does serve to show what standards of crafstmen we have in this country. Click on the pictures for larger views.

In this year alone Hout Bay has seen boats arrive for such works as teak decks, full hull resprays, new engines, sails, rigging etc etc, the list of boats is a long one. We even had a German visitor return after a six year gap to service the teak decks we had laid for him, the boat was left here while it was worked on, this took a year but he has a new looking Hallberg Rassey 43 now. All this work brings valuable employment to dozens of local workers at all levels and all skills.

Hout Bay is worth a visit for such restoration.

The spin off in income to the community is massive, shops, car hire, yacht club membership, etc, etc, we even had one boat, another Hallberg Rassey 43 sail all the way here and from Southampton, England to have his teak decks sorted out. The reason being we were half the price as could be found in the UK!