ALL IS SHIP SHAPE SHIP­WRIGHTS KEEP BOATS AFLOAT BOAT UP­KEEP

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES +SERVICES - Re­becca Isaacs For more de­tails, go to: arms­ship­wrights.com.au

Anti-foul­ing: Anti-foul­ing paint re­leases tox­ins that re­pel or­gan­isms such as mus­sels, oys­ters and bar­na­cles, which tend to an­chor to the hulls of boats. Over time, these marine crea­tures can cause struc­tural dam­age to a ves­sel so an­tifoul­ing is im­por­tant. Marine de­tail­ing: This is a mul­ti­step process that in­volves giv­ing the ves­sel a good wash to re­move salt wa­ter residue, pol­ish­ing any stain­less steel parts and ap­ply­ing wax, which is used to pro­tect boats from un­sightly wa­ter­marks and chalky build-up. Spray-paint­ing: A nice coat of paint keeps boats look­ing clean and shiny. Paint­ing op­tions range from full re­sprays to small touch-ups, gel coat­ing and var­nish­ing. The paint used on fi­bre­glass boats is slightly higher qual­ity that the paint used on mo­tor ve­hi­cles. SHIP­WRIGHTS are jacks of all trades but it’s up to boat own­ers to take their ves­sels in for ser­vice.

“It’s best to get things checked over once ev­ery 12 to 14 months,” the lead ship­wright at ARMS in Bal­main, Adam Ross, said.

“Stick­ing to that sched­ule will save you money in the long-term — oth­er­wise you might be pay­ing for heavy degra­da­tion in two to three years’ time. The marine en­vi­ron­ment is quite harsh.”

Mr Ross and his team work mostly on fi­bre­glass boats, with tim­ber­work be­com­ing a dy­ing trade.

They rel­ish any chance they have to work with clas­sic wood ves­sels.

“Tim­ber­work is when the true crafts­man­ship comes in,” Mr Ross said.

“It is very in­ten­sive be­cause ev­ery piece of the boat is in­te­gral to its struc­ture.

“A lot of the work in­volves ap­ply­ing mul­ti­ple paint coat­ings to keep the wood sound,” he said.

Tim­ber­work was the “holy grail” of ship­wright­ing, Mr Ross said.

The ship­wrights at ARMS do ev­ery­thing ex­cept build­ing boats from scratch.

Ser­vices in­clude an­tifoul­ing, spray-paint­ing, crash re­pairs, mend­ing dings and holes and do­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions and fit-outs.

Pic­ture: JOHN AP­P­LE­YARD.

Ship­wright Adam Ross gets stuck into de­tail­ing.

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