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It was THE BEST!

This is the description given by many of Philbrook’s clients describing this past summer’s cruising. Lots of sunshine, record high temperatures in northern B.C. and Alaska, excellent fishing in many areas, all combined to make this a fabulous spring, summer and fall. We have had an influx of boats just returning from their cruising late into October. Haven’t seen that for a long time.

We are also busy as so many people thought of great new ideas and have-to-have items after using their boats for such an extended period.

Many have gone on our Yacht Watch program for the winter. Philbrook’s Yacht Watch program gives the absentee owner peace of mind knowing professionals are caring for their boat. Boat owners on our Yacht Watch program also receive discounts on haul outs at Philbrook’s. Let us know if you would like details.

What's Happening

2 marriages of note:

Jamie Hansen and Jennifer Alexander wed in September.
(who says office romances don’t work.)
Long time bachelor Les Margetts tied the knot with the lovely Kathryn.

Lots of little babies around:
Scottie had a boy, Robbie a girl, Eric a boy, and Mark a boy
(congratulations to the fellows, and their wives)

Drew Irwin was invited to the Feadship yard in Holland to observe the launching of a new 85-meter yacht and to tour some of the other major yards. The larger yacht yards are booked into the future. As an example Feadship is fully booked until 2017.


Drew was also at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show where there was not only optimism but good reason for optimism - lots of positive activity and completed sales.

Paper Charts

A big fuss was created when N.O.A.A. announced it was no longer going to print paper charts. This is true but paper charts will still be available through other sources. N.O.A.A. is continuing to survey and chart the U.S. coastline and Great Lakes. The only change is they are not going to print the charts. They are available electronically or printed through the private sector.

Go to their website for more information.

Dripless Shaft Seals

A recent article in SEA Magazine brought to our attention the fact that dripless shaft seals are not maintenance-free. Most manufacturers recommend the shaft seals should be inspected twice a year for wear and tear. Bellows fatigue is the likeliest problem. Exposure to heat, vibration and accidental exposure to fuel or fluid spills can compromise the integrity of the bellows. The bellows can also suffer from compression fatigue. It is also important to check your inlet water hose. Some manufacturers recommend changing the complete seal every six years.

Book Your Haul-Out Now

Although it is only December, our main ways are already heavily booked for March, April and May. Taking into account that we may have some emergency situations in the interim, it would be prudent to ensure you have a time set up for your annual out-of-the-water maintenance. Please get in touch with your project manager soon.

Christmas Party

We work hard at Philbrooks but we do like to have fun too. Our Christmas Party was a great success letting us spend time with our families and catching up on our lives outside of the day to day.

Wishing you and yours the very best of the Season!

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