Yacht Repairs & Marine Maintenance
Yacht repairs on a small scale can be easily accomplished in the Puerto Galera Yacht Club's workshop. More significant repairs to machinery and equipment can be brought to a number of local fabrication and repair workshops in the town of Puerto Galera or across the Verde Island Passage in Batangas City. Because the area around Puerto Galera is a designated Philippine marine reserve, beach haul-out is actively discouraged except at the ship repair yard on Dalaruan Beach or at Villaflor village along the coast, East towards Calapan. Also, the Puerto Galera Yacht Club polices a zero pollution policy for all yachts using the yacht club moorings in Muelle Bay, so yacht repairs that may result in discharges of pollutants and or debris into the water are prohibited.
If a yacht needs more substantial marine maintenance and needs to be hauled out then the nearest travel lift -- yachts up to 50 tones (110,000 lbs) with a draft of 9.5 feet, beam of 19 feet and LOA of 65 feet -- is located at the Watercraft Venture in Subic Bay about 95 miles sailing, north west. Sailing and cruising yachts visiting the Philippines are especially welcome to use this travel lift. The next nearest Philippine travel lift is located at the Manila Yacht Club.
Within 2014 it is expected that there will be two new travel hoist locations - in Bataan and in Hamilo Cove. Stay tuned for news of these becoming available.
The nearest public dry dock is located in Subic Bay Freeport (see page top photograph), owned and operated by Subic Dry Dock Corporation, a long day-sail North of Puerto Galera, where almost any size of private or luxury yacht can be accommodated in one of two dry dock vessels.
South of Puerto Galera there is a dry dock at Jasaan, Cagayan de Oro city, operated by PICMW. Recent reports from yachts using the Jasaan dry dock (66 foot schooner, December, 2008) are favourable both from a yacht-friendly stand point and also the cost was considered low compared to alternative dry dock facilities outside of the Philippines around Asia.
The most comprehensive range of yacht chandlery in the Philippines may be found at Broadwater Marine Yacht Chandlery outlets in Manila Bay, Subic Bay Freeport, Cebu Yacht Club and Boracay. Broadwater Marine also offers yacht chandlery by courier to anywhere a courier will travel in the Philippines. If you can't find what you are looking for there then you might try Al's Marine (Philippine Yamaha distributor) in Makati City or go rummaging in hardware shops of Quiapo, Manila City.
When it comes to yacht chandlery, the Philippines has it all but sometimes it is hard to find.