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Ratanachai Slip Way, Phuket, more than satisfied

By Sue Richards last modified Nov 24, 2009 07:23 PM

Published: 2009-11-24 19:23:54
Countries: Thailand

We have recently hauled out at Ratanachai Slip Way and feel that we ought to report our findings.

We were more than satisfied with the service provided by Ratanachai. The slip was excellent, with no heart stopping moments. The yacht was carefully placed into the very substantial cradle by two ship yard workers wearing dive masks and supplied with compressed air.

We had some work undertaken by staff supplied by Ratanachai, namely sanding of the hull prior to re-anti fouling. This was carried out very professionally, the two workers came equipped with safety glasses and masks together with their own sanders. We were more than pleased with their efforts.

Side props are moved free of charge as many times as you require, the blocks under the keel can be moved at a cost of 2000 baht per block. We had this done as I wanted to scrape and anti-foul the areas that are normally never seen. It took half a day to move the blocks, again, very professionally.

We were provided with a key to a "private" bathroom, this had a shower and normal toilet, and was more than adequate. The ship yard toilets are a bit more rough and ready, but are serviceable in an emergency!

The only downsides were:
1). The smell from the fish processing factories, which started work at 22:00hrs.
2). The one-day delay for re-launching due to yard congestion. We were not charged for the extra day.

In all, a very capable yard, albeit a working ship yard. We were surrounded by large fishing boats being overhauled but also catamarans and luxury power boats that cannot find haul out facilities elsewhere.

We would not hesitate to use the yard again.

Jerry & Caz Flint
Yacht Mandarina