For yacht brokers and enthusiasts, investing in ceramic coatings for their yachts can be a little daunting. Whether you’re the captain or own a charter company, the idea of ceramic coating may be a little new to you, but don’t worry, the team at Off The Deep End is here to help. We’ve taken the liberty to compile a few common questions we get when someone like you is ready to invest in ceramic coating for their yacht.
What is Ceramic Coating?
Yacht ceramic coating is a solution that acts as a protectant from high-traffic problem areas due to salt water deposits, chemical residue, or paint damage. The ceramic element hardens after application, which leaves a high-gloss shine that not only glistens in the water but makes your yacht look brand new.
Is Ceramic Coating a DIY project?
This is certainly a two-part question, so let’s start with the simplest answer. Can you DIY a project of this size? Yes.
Do we recommend it? No, not really. If you own a superyacht or charter company, a DIY of this magnitude can take a very long time. Leave it to the professionals.
One other thing to consider: if you have an older yacht, it will take longer to prepare, which can mean a lot of downtime for your yacht. Applying ceramic coating requires a lot of preparation, work, and steady hands. One misstep and you’ll have to start all over. Do you want to risk being off the water that long?
Does it Last Long?
From the grating of the sea salt to rough weather patterns, yachts experience harsh conditions. The length of your yacht ceramic coating depends on two things—the elements and maintenance.
If your yacht is exposed to rough terrain often, you may want to consider re-glossing every one to two years. However, if that isn’t the case and you maintain your yacht well, two coats of ceramic coating can last up to five years.
How Much Coating is Needed to Be Effective?
Determining the amount of ceramic coating for yachts isn’t an exact science. There are several mitigating factors, such as the length of your boat, if you charter year-round or only seasonally, and the T-top size.
Initially, we recommend 6-10ml per foot of your boat, with at least two coats for the interior and hull of your yacht. Our team will first inspect the size of your boat and then craft a plan that would work best for your watercraft.
Wouldn’t I Save Money If I Applied it Myself?
We’re all about saving money, but applying yacht ceramic coating requires a lot of steps. Miss one and you’ll be spending even more money correcting the problem. Having the ceramic coating done professionally means that if something goes wrong, it’s on us.
Furthermore, Off The Deep End, has a two-year warranty on our ceramic coating application.
How Long Does the Process Take?
Patience is key when it comes to ceramic coating for your yacht. After spending two hours on preparation work, applying one coat can take up to four hours. The process is time-consuming, which is why we recommend leaving the task up to us.
Why Should I Hire Off The Deep End?
What’s great about our company is that we’re an all-in-one-contractor and wear many hats. Not only do we specialize in ceramic coating, but also alternative mega-yacht finishing, top coat, and painting repairs. We’ve even developed a program called Crew University, which can help you prepare your staff for their first charter.
For the last 14 years, we’ve worked closely with our clients to ensure that their yachts are charter-ready. Get in touch, and let us help you prepare to sail the open waters. Our friendly staff will be more than happy to answer any of your questions and schedule a consultation.