Service Spotlight, Winter 2016


Not in the Pacific Northwest where we boat year-round! But it is the perfect time to:

  • Address requirements that you let go during the summer boating season
  • Do preventative maintenance
  • Inspect heating, hoses and steering systems in hard-to-access places
  • Leak test windows and propane tanks
  • Winterize your boat
  • Schedule an assessment to earn your Specialty Service Seal of Excellence

Now is the time to realize a 15% savings on bottom painting and hull polish. This service must be completed by March 10, 2017. Call today to reserve your spot on the schedule!

Want to winterize your boat? Know you have a few issues to address aboard your boat but don’t know where to start? At Specialty we provide basic maintenance to a Valet level of service.

  • Our service personnel are ready to winterize your boat. From oil and filter changes to fuel stabilization and fogging outboards. While your boat is at our docks, we can take advantage of winter lift rates and yard storage discounts and offer you bottom painting and zinc changes. Winter is also a great time for the Specialty team to address regular maintenance for you, including servicing thru hulls and greasing winches.
  • Our experienced team troubleshoots and identifies issues. We don’t look for quick fixes; we work our way to the root cause so our customers have peace of mind and realize cost efficiencies.
  • We are project managers who coordinate a multitude of requirements as part of one overall service stop. We hold the service bar high and partner only with industry experts who meet Specialty’s criteria of excellence.
  • maintains year-round dedicated moorage to service all boat brands
  • is situated within a full-service boat yard in the centre of the recreational marine industry
  • can bring its service skills to you in your marina within the Greater Vancouver area
  • provides detailing and regular cleaning services

Our team offers regular boat care to customers in the Greater Vancouver area who don’t have time to do it themselves. Whether a one-time detailing or weekly cleaning and check-ins, at our docks or yours, just let us know.

Specialty Yachts can be trusted to assess your damage and liaise with your insurance company to ensure your repairs are done professionally and that there will be little impact on your investment’s resale value. Call us first and we will work with you through the process.

MYTH! We service what we sell and that’s a broad scope of brands. Specialty Yachts has been instrumental in getting boaters out on the water since 1964. We have a broad base of product knowledge.

Give your boater the gift of love this holiday season. A pre-paid certificate for detailing, bottom painting, hull or deck polish are just a few services to consider. Call us today to order your Holiday gift certificate.

Us! And our customers love them, of course!

We are very pleased to be the distributors for the ever-popular DECKadence Marine Flooring. This incredibly strong, comfortable, affordable non-slip matting is easy to install (no fasteners whatsoever), is attractive and doesn’t pool water. Call us today for instructions on how to order your custom-made DECKadence flooring.

At every boat show we are asked about our display canvas on the sailboats. We call our design “African Queens”. They are perfect for dock stops lasting more than a few days and wonderful to lounge under and entertain. You can’t sail with them of course, but due to popular demand we thought we’d share our design with you. We partner with a valued manufacturer to create this wonderful canvas. Please call us today if you are interested in a quote.

Sailing in the Pacific Northwest is a year-round activity. Like any outdoor activity, preparation ensures a positive experience. If you are winter sailing, be sure to:

  • Wear and pack adequate clothing and equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, rain gear, winter sailing gloves, proper headgear and wool socks.
  • Check the weather and sea conditions in advance of your departure and monitor continually along the way. Winds can be stronger during the winter months.
  • Pack accessories that could be required in a storm or squall.
  • Prevent mold by running heaters, installing moisture packets/systems and ensuring some form of air flow.
  • Winterize inboard and outboard engines, the latter most important this time of year. Additives act as stabilizers and should be added to diesel or gas engines.
  • Change your oil before storing your boat for the season.
  • Add environmentally friendly anti-freeze to the heads.
  • Prevent freezing of and odour from the holding tank and head lines. Be sure to pump the heads thoroughly and clear the holding tank if you are going to be away for long periods of time.
  • Be sure to drain water tanks and lines, particularly if it becomes a cold winter. Don’t forget the cockpit shower.
  • Wash down the entire boat with FRESH water. Be sure to include the canvas, winches and other equipment in the season wash-up.
  • Maintain full fuel tanks to reduce condensation over long periods of time.
  • Close all thru hulls BUT remember to open them before using the boat again.
  • Drain sea strainers to prevent cracking.
  • Turn off all DC items, as well as the selector switches for the house and starter batteries.
  • Enable the circulation of warm air by lifting floorboards near the batteries and the panels around the engine and the generator.
  • Prop up cushions and mattresses to ensure air flow.
  • Remove all fresh food.
  • Remove chart cards from outside electronic equipment

Regular preventative maintenance is essential to maintaining your boat’s performance, reliability, value, and safety. From system checks to odour tests to nuts and bolts – it’s really a regular sensory exercise that relies on your eyes, ears and nose!

Look carefully:

  • At the navigation lights, life lines, and stanchions. Is there any loosening hardware?
  • At mooring lines and fenders. Are they compromised in any way?
  • For cracks – are there sealant cracks around windows? Are there hardened or cracked gaskets?
  • At the deck canvas and enclosure. Does it need cleaning and does the integrity of the frame remain intact? Loosening hardware can cause stress on the fabric.
  • At the dates on flares and fire extinguishers. Do they need to be replaced?
  • For drips at the water manifold. Is there a leak?
  • For signs of water in the bilges. Where is it coming from?
  • At the engine. Does it need engine or transmission oil? Are the hoses and belts in good condition?
  • At fuel and oil filters. These need to be replaced regularly to protect the engine.

Listen carefully for:

  • Squeaks when testing the furling system on a sail boat. Annual greasing of the furling system is recommended. Other sure signs that the furling system may need some grease, include evidence of a dry black powder or stiffness.
  • Noises when using the winches on a sailboat. Having difficulty moving the winch or noticing powdering? These are also signs that maintenance is required.

Pay attention to smells, particularly:

  • Propane. Always ensure that propane lockers are void of sharp object so hoses and fittings are not compromised.
  • Mold. This could be a sign of a leak or the need for a space heater.
  • Foul smells around holding tanks. Is there a leak or does it require a cleaning?

As part of your regular prevention maintenance, be sure to start your engine once monthly. This will circulate fuel and lube oil and coolants but also helps identify any other issues with charging or initiating the system.

To discuss the service best tailored for you, please call Interim Service Lead, David Fabbro at: 604 689 7491, x 735/1-877-822-0359 or email

To book your service, please call Amy Tully, 604 689 7491.