Basic boat maintenance for unclassified boats

Burger yacht damaged hull

How to perform basic boat maintenance and repair on unclassified boats There are a lot of different types of boats in use today. Boats are generally classified by size and purpose. Most people recognize large commercial barges and trawlers as well as Yachts. Those that are harder to recognize are all the other boats that are considered unclassified. Unclassified: These are typically smaller boats that are used for personal pleasure such as Bowriders, Cabin cruisers, Deck Boats, Dinghies, Ski Boats, Jet Boats, Multi-Hull Power Boats, Pontoon Boats, Sailboats, Sport fishing boats, Trawlers, and Walkarounds Smaller boats without classification do not undergo regular surveys and inspections. However, they need every bit as much Boat care and maintenance as any other type of boat. For the first ...

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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Irma

It has been a busy hurricane season in the United States. We’re all still reeling from the impact of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and now here in Florida we’re getting ready for Hurricane Irma. There are many resources for preparation checklists and information. Below is a quick rundown of some of the items boaters in particular have to pay attention to, as well as additional links and tools for general preparedness further down below.   For boaters: – Move your boat inland if at all possible. As in real estate, location is one of the most (if not THE most) important thing you can do to safeguard your vessel. Try to place your boat in a sheltered area as far from water as possible. Read this article for more information on the importance of boat location during a hurri ...

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164′ Delta marine M/V Helios 3 gets new marine exhaust shrouds

New marine exhaust system

Dolfab Metal Fabricators and Metcalf Marine Exhaust recently collaborated on 164′ Delta marine M/V Helios 3 to conduct much needed repairs to the exhaust system.   It was discovered the Helios 3 was suffering from leaks in the exhaust system. The exhaust system on a super yacht like this is truly an enormous, impressive thing. In order to be able to access it for diagnosis and conduct necessary repairs, we had to disassemble the system in stages: one whole day and a half was allocated to dismantling it and three days to put it back together.   Upon dismantling the system, the team from Metcalf Marine Exhaust was able to go in and remove the insulation within the exhaust. With the insulation gone, the Metcalf team then conducted several pressure tests in order to locate the ...

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Holding Class in the American yachting industry

Jim Doll of Dolfab Metal Fabricators and Doll Marine

Holding Class – what does this mean for the American yachting industry? Dolfab Metal Fabricators, part of Doll Marine, recently performed repair work aboard custom charter yacht Kipany, a Class charter boat. Jim explains what it means to hold “Class” and what it means for the yacht owner and for the American marine industry. Watch the video or read the transcript below. Here’s the transcript: The vessel we’re presently working is interesting setup… the keel was set in […] Savannah, GA […] and they set the keel here, and sent the boat, because of cost reasons, to Europe- to Italy and have it outfitted. So this would enable them o have an American keel, which they were able to hold and keep class. Class meaning that there’s are different ...

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OSHA: Ensuring a healthy work environment for happy employees

Dolfab's OSHA Certified shop in Pompano Beach

Dolfab Metal Fabricators is OSHA Authorized to ensure worker’s safety Every conscientious employer believes that safety in the workplace should come first and that every employee is entitled to a safe and healthy work environment. Truly progressive and forward-thinking businesses believe in rendering a healthy work environment where their team feels cared for, boosting morale and ensuring a positive culture. To this end, many companies in the marine industry are interested in becoming OSHA authorized, and Dolfab Metal Fabricators is no exception. What exactly is OSHA? What does it mean to be “OSHA authorized”? What is an OSHA authorized business required to do? What is OSHA? OSHA, an acronym of ‘Occupational Safety & Health Administration’, is an American Governmental Agency that ...

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