His charter clients were, naturally, expecting perfection on board, but his captain and crew were receiving complaints about window and glass smears and impaired visibility. Despite the crew working around the clock, an ineffective harness system meant that cleaning the windows was highly time consuming and sometimes perilous.
It isn’t a secret in the yachting industry that crewing can be taxing and treacherous. But what isn’t so well known, yet, is that Rokoat offers unique tried and tested coatings that substantially reduce costs as well as safety risks on board.
This particular owner came to Rokoat when he was considering retrofitting a trackway harness, a huge expense that would improve safety, but substantially degrade the aesthetic beauty of the ship. One of Rokoat’s existing customers had recommended he try their SecuraKoat Glass Protect product. “The SecuraKoat Glass Protect has become one of our best sellers,” says Wayne Berry, a specialist yacht painter with 25 years’ experience and co-owner of Rokoat with Rebecca Capel Berry, a former yacht crew member.
“These days yachts have huge windows with incredible views, but the crew can’t get down to them unless they use a harness, which can be dangerous and time consuming,” he says. “After applying the glass protection the windows just need to be rinsed off, rather than scrubbing and washing, which can simply be done with a hose.”
Using the most up to date hydrophobic technology, the non-stick, clear coating creates a protective barrier for any glass surface. “From watermarks, to saltwater, dirt, algae and bird droppings, virtually nothing can adhere to a surface coated in SecuraKoat Glass Protect,” he says.
The benefits are considerable and immediate. “During the charter season it makes turnovers far easier as the crew don’t have to spend hours putting the harness on and scrubbing the windows in any dangerous situations,” he explains, adding that one professionally applied coating can last up to four years reducing overall costs significantly.