The owners of a 69’ Monte Fino sought the expert attention of Fairspray Marine at The Boat Works for upgrades to bring their boat up to a sleek, modern finish.
Built in the early 2000s, Monte Cristo, as the boat is known, was bought at a reasonable price for such a feature-packed boat, however, her owners, newcomers to boating, recognised their investment would need some work on various aspects to restore her to contemporary standard.
Joel Weymouth, director at Fairspray Marine was recommended by previous clients for his expertise in respraying, acquired from 20 years in the industry working on superyachts and other high calibre vessels for owners who expect perfection.
Joel and his team carried out a full respray in pure white, which shed years off Monte Cristo and took her from dull and dirty to clean and shiny.
“We sprayed over the hull stripe, which dated the boat, and added touches of metallic on the vents,” he explained. “Respraying gives a thinner, higher quality finish that is easier to maintain than a gel coat. The new formulae contain UV protectants that with maintenance, ensure the finish lasts upwards of 10 years.”
While at Fairspray, the owners took advantage of the 40+ tenants onsite at The Boat Works – Australia’s largest concentration of specialist marine trades – to undertake a range of other modifications.
Nautilus Marine Services carried out minor engine work, plumbing for a new shower, exhaust and other mechanical work, new davits, cradle for tender, and anchor winch replacement. Complete Antifoul Services took care of the antifoul while consumables were purchased at Marine Trade Supplies Superstore, which has recently doubled in size to keep up with demand.
The boat’s Captain, Jason McCullough had years of supervising maintenance and refit work at various yards. He was most impressed with the cleanliness of The Boat Works and the consistency among the trades in terms of dedication, friendliness and quality. “The owners were equally thrilled with the great facilities at The Boat Works, and very pleased to have all the marine professionals located on site,” said Joel. “They also appreciated the competitive shed rental rates and lower cost of lifting their boat, which makes the total project excellent value for money.”
After its stay at The Boat Works, Monte Cristo returned to her berth at Sanctuary Cove. Her owners are thrilled with the respray and modifications which have given their prized possession a new lease of life. Next on the agenda for the refreshed Monte Cristo and her content owners is an extended period cruising the Top End to Darwin and the pristine Kimberley Coast.
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