New cupronickel parts for 90′ Burger yacht Escapist

Dolfab Metal Fabricators created new raw water intakes for 90′ Burger yacht Escapist. The old raw water intakes had become very corroded and damaged, as you can see in the picture below. Raw water intakes pull water in to cool the engine, and if perforations are present in the piping then air also gets pulled in, and the cooling is not nearly as effective. This will lead to engine overheating and damage.

corroded raw water intake

New Cupronickel raw water intakes for 90’s Burger yacht

Damaged raw water intake pipingDolfab Metal Fabricators created new Cupronickel raw water intakes for 90’s Burger yacht

90′ Burger Yacht “Escapist” was certainly in need of a yacht refit. The existing raw water intakes aboard this vessel had become extremely corroded to the point of failure, as you can see in the images.  Dolfab Metal Fabricators was brought on board to create new, more durable raw water intakes for this vessel.

Raw water intakes pull water in to cool the engine, and if perforations are present in the piping then air also gets pulled in, and the cooling is not nearly as effective. This will lead to engine overheating and damage.

 

The raw water intakes aboard this 90′ Burger yacht were extremely corroded and in dire need of replacement. The experienced crew a Dolfab created Curpronickel intakes and installed to to get this yacht back operating condition.

Hurricane Preparedness

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 hurricane.

– Use plenty of duct tape to secure hatches, drawers, cabinets, vents for fuel and water tanks, seams in doors and windows, etc.

– Make sure to have extra lines for your boat and strap it down securely. Check out BoatUS’s article on strapping down your boat during a hurricane.

 

Other items to have on hand:
– Water for 3 days per person
– Non-perishable items like canned goods, peanut butter, energy bars
– Candles and matches
– Flashlights and extra batteries
– Prescriptions refills
– Toiletry items and a first-aid kit

 

And other things you might want to do, in addition to putting up shutters:
– Top up the gas in your cars
– Bring toys, bikes, plants, etc indoors
– Get extra cash from the ATM

 

This list is by no means exhaustive. For more information, checklists, and tips, please visit the links below.

– NOAA Hurricane Center for general preparation. It’s best to have your hurricane supplies on hand well before a storm is on the horizon.

 

– BoatUS has a terrific section on their website dedicated solely to Hurricane Preparation for Boaters. There is a separate section for every separate thing boat owners need to pay attention to.

 

– FloridaDisaster.org offers many tools and information for planning and prepping before a natural disaster. Just click here and scroll to the section titled “Be Prepared”.

 

– For boater-specific checklists, you can visit BoatSafe or Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection. They have a Hurricane Preparedness Plan here and a Boating Hurricane Checklist here.

No one knows how a hurricane is going to turn out, and the best course of action is to be as prepared as possible. Please be sure to start early and finalize all preparations before the storm arrives. Hurricane preparedness must be taken seriously. Stay safe, friends!

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

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.

Before
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 leaks. Once the leaks were located, the Dolfab crew was able to go in and make the necessary repairs to the super yacht’s mufflers. After the repairs were complete, Metcalf reapplied insulation and then Dolfab reassembled the entire shroud system, repolishing all of the exterior components as needed to maintain yacht-quality #8 mirror finish. This stage took three days to complete.
After

The result is a like-new, polished marine exhaust that works and is befitting of the Helios 3. Truly a fantastic collaboration between marine repair professionals.

 

Dolfab Metal Fabricators is an expert in yacht repair, yacht refits, boat repairs, custom metal, Coast Guard certified custom fuel tank and fuel tank repair, T-Tops, RV repair, and an absolute expert professional with all metal fabrication. We are based out of Pompano Beach, Florida and service all of South Florida.

Yacht repair highlight: New transmission mounts for Troy

Superyacht Repair highlight: 90′ Maiora S/Y Troy is getting new transmission mounts courtesy of Dolfab, Inc.

In this video, Jim Doll explains the importance of a properly aligned transmission in superyacht applications. Troy’s transmission was misaligned after a series of events, and the shafts snapped. Listen to how it all happened:

 

 

S/Y Troy has been undergoing these yacht repairs for a few weeks now, as repairs conducted on superyachts are usually extensive and require vast amounts of knowledge and refined expertise.

 

Dolfab Metal Fabricators (part of Doll Marine) is well experienced in performing and managing super yacht refit projects from start to finish servicing all of Fort Lauderdale and parts of Palm Beach, Florida. Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn to see updates from this and all our other projects.

 

 

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75′ Burger Yacht Diane hull refit

 

75’ Burger Yacht Diane was in Fort Lauderdale undergoing a yacht hull refit by Dolfab Metal Fabrication to replace corroded areas. In order to repair the damage to the hull, it was necessary to not just repair, but actually replace sections of the yacht’s structure.

To accomplish this hull refit job, Dolfab crew cut out sections of the hull, welding in strongbacks to keep it from warping. The strongbacks are necessary to ensure the vessel retains its shape. When a section of the hull is missing, it creates an uneven distribution of weight. This undue stress on the hull structure then leads to deviations in the lines and shape of the hull and will most definitely cause major problems later.

As the strongbacks were put in place and the damaged sections were removed, it was time to create new sections to replace them. Accuracy and precise measurements are paramount during the entire process, especially during this phase. These custom made metal pieces have to be measured, cut, and produced to exact measurements. Our team of expert metal workers cut, sanded, and polished large pieces of metal to fabricate these replacement pieces.

Once the new sections were ready, they were welded in place by our expert welders and the vessel was pressure-tested to ensure it was water-tight. The hull was then finished, painted, and brought back to life by the folks at Yacht Management, and the hull refit was complete. This Burger yacht is like brand new again!

View this project’s photos in our Project Gallery.