Q: How often should I bring my boat in for bottom paint?
A: This will depend on the condition of the boat, the type of paint, the hours of usage the boat gets and environmental conditions. Many boats can go 2-3 years between fresh bottom paint, other boat owners will bring their boat in at least once a year. Call CSR for professional, unbiased advice.
Q: Do I need insurance for my boat before it can be hauled and blocked?
A: Yes, like other major yards in the Seattle area, all boats coming into CSR yards should be fully insured. With prior arrangements, exceptions can sometimes be made–call for more information. There will be no exceptions for do-it-yourselfers bringing boats into the Locks yard.
Q: What if I'm running late for my scheduled haul-out appointment?
A: Call us as soon as you think you might be late. We will make every effort to accommodate you or to re-schedule your haul. Sometimes we can keep you at our dock until a lift becomes available.
Q: While my boat's in the yard, I'd like to hire a contractor to do some fiberglass work. Do I need CSR approval?
A: All contractors and sub-contractors must submit proof of liability insurance and receive written approval by the CSR office before they can be permitted into the yard.
Q: I'm a do-it-yourselfer at the Locks yard and it looks like I might have to stay longer than I originally planned? Do I have to let the CSR office know?
A: All do-it-yourselfers must sign a contract with CSR stating the estimated length of their stay. If the vessel is not being worked on reguarly and the estimated stay length is exceeded, CSR may, and often does, increase the day-rate charge. In any event, CSR reserves the right to remove any vessel from the yard after giving 48 hours notice.
Q: Is shore power available while my boat is out of the water.
A: Yes, virtually all slips have access to 30 amp shore power. The cost is $3/day. Continuity of service is not guaranteed nor is CSR responsible for damages resuting from an interruption of power. You must tell CSR personnel if you wish to plug your vessel into shore power and the panel must be set properly. A limited number of 50 amp/250 volt shore power connections are available at the Locks yard. If you must have 50amp service, please mention this when scheduling your haulout.
Q: I have a haulout scheduled for Monday morning. Can I bring my boat over Sunday and tie it up for the night?
A: Sometimes arrangements can be made for overnight moorage, but space must be confirmed with CSR office. To save confusion and congestion, please try to be on time for your haulout unless other arrangements have been made.
Q: How often should I change my zincs?
A: This is dependent on many factors, including the vessel's bonding system, moorage in fresh or salt water and the presence of any stray currents wherever the boat is kept. If you don't know the history of your vessel's zinc usage, CSR recommends checking them twice a year, even more frequently if you keep your boat at a "hot" marina. Many boat owners, who know the chacteristics of their vessel, change zincs every one or two years, often in conjunction with fresh bottom paint. Even though the price of zinc has gone up recently, they are still cheap insurance against more serious problems.
Q: Can I work on the boat at the same time as CSR personnel?
A: Due to safety and efficiency concerns, CSR discourages owners or subcontractors from working on the vessel at the same time as CSR personnel.
Q: Do I have to pay for CSR services before I can take my boat?
A: You should assume that full payment in the form of cash, cashier's check, wire transfer, or credit card must be made before CSR can release the vessel. Credit Card payments may be accepted over the phone if you are unable to pickup your vessel during normal working hours.
Q: My boat's been in the yard for three days, and not much progress has been made. How come?
A: We may be waiting for parts or for weather to improve. For example, if we're doing exterior gel coat repairs, it can often be much less expensive for the customer to wait a couple days for better weather than to spend the labor and materials it might take to build a shelter.
Q: My surveyor says I have blisters on the bottom of my boat. What does that mean?
A: Blisters in the gel coat/lamination under the waterline is a common condition in older boats where the barrier coat has failed. Depending on the severity of the blisters, CSR offers several solutions and is a leading supplier of high-tech solutions. If you have concerns about blisters, please call the nearest CSR office for more information.
Q: What's a "haul and hang"?
A: A haul and hang, or a "survey" haulout is where we lift the boat from the water, usually for a period of one hour, but do not block it on the ground. As the name indicates, this is often done as part of the survey process, but is also an economical way of removing growth from the boat's bottom or for changing zincs.