Recently the new pontoons that link specialist boatyard Endeavour Quay to Gosport’s floating marina have been hosting a high volume of large luxury yachts returning to British waters as a result of concerns around COVID-19.
These yachts, which would normally journey from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean each spring, have instead sailed to the Solent either to enjoy the summer in UK waters or for repairs; the uncertainty surrounding foreign travel and regulations in France and Spain at the height of the lockdown having caused many British registered vessels to make way to home waters.
At the end of May, Endeavour Quay was called upon to lift out the impressive 34 metre performance sloop LIARA for mechanical service work, and minor composite repairs were completed by onsite specialists Vortec Marine. This beautiful all blue yacht was built by Baltic Yachts of Finland as a multi-role superyacht for global cruising and racing. Delivered to her owner in 2019 she was due to start a world tour in 2020 but unfortunately this was cut short when COVID-19 hit.
Endeavour Quay’s yard Manager, Tim Newell said: “We are pleased to have the capacity to accommodate so many large yachts; where usually we would be servicing one or two big boats at this time of year we currently have five to look after. Premier Marinas’ recent investment in the installation of additional large capacity pontoons that can take vessels of up to 40m is really bearing fruit. The services of our travel hoist are also now in high demand, not only for lifting our berth holders boats but also to facilitate the demands made on the yard by these larger yachts – all this in the context of the massive “pause” that was put on our industry in March and April, gives me great confidence for the remainder of the year”.If you would like to book a boatyard service at Endeavour Quay please call 02392 584 200 or click here for more information.