Yacht Repairs & Marine Maintenance
Yacht repair & maintenance facilities and services in the Philippines can be found in all corners of the country: from Subic Bay to Davao City. Where to go depends largely on the type of yacht (monohull or multihull) and what maintenance or repairs need to be accomplished.
Almost all materials, parts and equipment is available within the country. However, if you require something from outside the country, it is wise to ask the help of a yard or chandler rather than ordering online and expecting a courier to bring it into the country, and especially if the value is over US$1,000. There are many horror stories of parts being delayed in Customs offices for months and or excessive valuations by Customs offices, even when shipments have been arranged through international courier companies. If you require something of value urgently then an alternative is to fly to the source country and bring the item in yourself as hand-carry or check-in baggage.
Sail Repair In The Philippines
Repairing sails in the Philippines was once an easy task, with suitable sewing machines and operators located at repairers in Puerto Galera, Metro Manila, Subic Bay and Mactan (Cebu). Unfortunately, this is not that case today.
For simple sail repairs you may ask the Puerto Galera Yacht Club to make arrangements with a local repairer who has a sewing machine and thread designed for the task.
For more involved sail repairs, replacing a boltrope, re-cutting sails (and for new, replacement sails in a variety of exotic and conventional materials) you should contact Hyde Sails in Mactan (Cebu). Hyde Sails in Mactan is one of the main sail lofts of Hyde Sails UK and manufactures for export a wide range of racing sails and cruising sails for many production yachts. Hyde sails have set up a special email address to handle sail repair requests in the Philippines. Contact Hyde Sails using: email@example.com.
Yacht Repairs In Puerto Galera
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 Protected Area, beach haul-out is actively discouraged except at the ship repair yard on Dalaruan Beach or in Minolo Bay a short sail West of Muelle Bay. 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.
Travel Lifts In The Philippines
The travel lift closest to Puerto Galera is located at Papaya Yacht Charter & Services, at Brgy. Papaya, Nasugbu, using the ex-Team New Zealand travel hoist (previously located Maya Maya Yacht Club). Approximate GPS location is: 14.176N 120.606E. Services offered are: haul out, below-waterline repairs and maintenance, engine overhaul and yacht storage. The travel hoist is only suitable for monohull yachts. Contact: +63 920 925-9023
The next nearest travel lift is located at the Watercraft Venture in Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales.
The next nearest Philippine travel lift is located at the Manila Yacht Club, where welcome is reserved mostly for club members and reciprocal club members.
If you are taveling to the South then your nearest haul out may be at Zeke's Boatyard in Carmen, about 30NM North of Cebu City. Zeke's can get a little crowded and with the other adjacent repair faciltiies in the bay, for fishing boats etc., it can get a bit dusty.
Haul Out (Multihulls)
There are few full-service haul-out facilities for multihull yachts in the Philippines. In Puerto Galera it is common for multihulls to be beached in Minolo Bay for repairs and there are workers there with experience of handling most common needs. There is a concrete slipway about to be completed, also in Minolo Bay. In theory it is possible to use any beach in the Philippines, so long as you obtain permission from the Barangay Captain and you leave the beach as you found it.
There is a relatively new outfit in Subic Bay that offer full-service haul-out for multihulls and others. Located a mile or so South of the Subic Bay Yacht Club and Watercraft Ventures. Contact Asia Pacific Marine
In Carmen, about 30NM North of Cebu City is Zeke's Boatyard. Here it is possible to arrange haul out on a slipway for multihulls. There is also a clubhouse of sorts with bar, restaurant with WiFi etc. Contact via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tambobo Bay Negros Oriental
Long time multihull designer and builder, Nigel Roberts, can assist you with beach haul out and repairs. You can contact Nigel through the Tongo Sail Inn in Tambobo Bay (on some charts: Port Bonbonon).
Dry Dock In The Philippines
The nearest public dry dock is located in Subic Bay Freeport, 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 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.
Yacht Chandlery In The Philippines
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, Boracay, Puerto Princesa and Davao City. 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, many of which provide commercial-fishing-boat quality materials.
When it comes to yacht chandlery, the Philippines has it all but sometimes it is hard to find.
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