We had a little bit of time off this February, so we scheduled the last remaining requirement to complete our MCA compliance....... the ever dreaded Stability test.
Down in the BVI, you have to book a reservation at Nanny Cay Marina, where they expect your boat to fit into the tiniest slip one could ever imagine. When you are settled in, they bring these big blue barrel jugs that they are going to put on your boat and fill with water. Once filled up, they check on how much your boat lists (tilts) to the side.
As we were beginning to put the barrels in place, the main surveyor showed up and with a smirk said, "This is clearly a waste of time! How much does your boat weigh?"
When I told him, "45 tons", he assured us that McGregor II will no doubt pass with ease. So, we began filling the barrels with seawater, 11 in all and waited for Greggie to start to lean….Well, there was not much leaning going on.
The exact measurement was 0.47, not even 1%. McGregor is a strong, well built vessel and did indeed pass with no problem.
That being done, the surveyors submitted their report to Her Royal Majesty's Shipping Registrar and we were issued our completed MCA certificate. Needless to say, we are very glad to have that behind us and our guests can be assured that we have met all current standards for safety and yachting requirements.
Learn About Chartering
Guests always wonder what it takes to get ready for the boating season.
Every October, we head back to Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor where McGregor has been hauled out for the summer. We spend several weeks doing maintenance and various jobs that our charter guests rarely see.
This year, after some research with our good friends at Sam's Marine and combing the Hatteras Tech Talk forum, we tackled a big project. Taking apart our 8" diameter exhaust risers, reinforcing a few of their fittings, and replacing all the hoses was a bigger job than we expected!
We also drilled a 3 3/4" hole in the bottom of the boat (YIKES) so we could install a transducer for our new Garmin GPSMAP 741xs. Not only is it a chart plotter, GPS, and fish finder, but we can now tell our guests some very important information - The Temperature of the Water…which, has been a balmy 82 degrees.
Next up on the project list was to take out the old fiberglass battery boxes, replace the floor with a new sheet of 3/4" marine plywood and fiberglass it in. The finishing touch was installing new heavy duty Todd Marine battery boxes.
Some yearly maintenance includes sanding McGregor's bottom and laying a fresh new coat of bottom paint. As if that's not enough, Captain Tim gets his workout in by waxing the hull and cabin top.
It is always an exciting, yet anxious day when the 100 ton Travel Lift comes to pick us up and carry us to the yacht basin….Back in the water, where McGregor II belongs!
Happy/Sad time of year! Safely hauled out for the summer!
Charter Crew Vacation
Sometimes it is good to have a few weeks off from charters. Over-hauling DD 1's entire cooling system. New water pump, new Turbo, hoses & clamps. Our Detroit Diesel's Rock!!!
Motor Yacht Maintenance
October is back to the boatyard! Projects include painting & shaking the cockpit... and hanging new headliner...Not sure which one Julie enjoyed more?!?@??
After two weeks of sanding, painting, fixing, and polishing, it is time to get this show on the road...I mean, in the water!!