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Score Your Refit Yard

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Score Your Refit Yard

You wouldn’t think of hiring a building contractor without doing due diligence, so pick your refit yard with equal care. Interview several yards to find out what they offer and see if you have a “connection” with their team. Don’t be shy about asking for references, either, and follow up on them. Here are some questions to ask:


Question 1: Does the yard have a good pollution-prevention program? The generator of any pollution (the boat owner), not the yard, is responsible for EPA violations. Yes
No

Question 2: Does the yard have a climate-controlled, dust-free paint shed that will reduce flaws (and required resprays)? Yes
No

Question 3: Does the yard allow your subcontractors free access to work on the boat? Yes
No

Question 4: Does the yard secure storage for equipment removed from the boat during refit? Yes
No

Question 5: Does the yard have a reputation for on-time, quality work? Yes
No

Question 6: Does the yard have specific experience in the type of work you plan, e.g.: repowering, fiberglass repair and modification, or finish joinery? Yes
No

Question 7: Can you schedule your refit for yard down time, such as the off season, for better rates? Yes
No

Question 8: Are they willing to give you a comprehensive written quote? Yes
No