Engine inspection, plumbing check, or specialty product installation? General manager and owner JIM BROWN and the team at Monkey Fist Marine serve up the answers to your vessel conundrums.
By Jim Brown / Photos Courtesy of Monkey Fist Marine
Boating season is officially here. What are a few of the services boaters should take advantage of now to get vessels ready for the summer months ahead?
Due to the impacts of this prolonged pandemic on logistics and labor shortages, it is critical for boaters to have a strong relationship with a repair facility they trust. Along with every other boat repair business, here at Monkey Fist Marine we are booking repairs several months into the future, so the top three services you should plan for and schedule now include (but are not limited to): any necessary engine services, inspection and proofing of plumbing and electrical systems, and heating system services.
Tell us a little about more about your Signature Yacht Management Program. What does this service entail and what are the benefits for boat owners?
Our Signature Yacht Management Program is designed for the owner who values having their vessel ready when they are. Program participants pay a monthly fee to receive regular inspections of their vessel, winterizing services, and get priority repairs during high cruising season. The most important benefit is that Signature Yacht Management Program keeps your boat maintained year round, thus you avoid the spring rush.
You also work with several companies to help install their products on vessels. What are a few products you would recommend boaters check out? Any that are particularly helpful to boating in the Northwest?
To save on storage and minimize waste, we highly recommend Guzzle H2O. It’s an ultraviolet, point source water purification system for your drinking water.
Then, from Ultra Marine West, the handmade ULTRA Anchor has achieved what many other manufacturers have not, which is an aesthetically pleasing anchor with outstanding performance. And, you can’t go wrong with the ULTRALINE Flat Rope Reel, designed and manufactured in Turkey, as a solution for bulky stern anchor lines, towlines, or mooring lines. It’s the perfect addition for stern tie and anchoring as it stores a significant length of line in a compact space.
Monkey Fist Marine is also a distributor of Victron Energy Products. Victron Energy is a global company with a reputation for technical innovation, reliability, and build quality. Victron products, which excel at efficiently combining two or more distinct power sources, are recognized internationally as the professional choice for resilient energy storage systems. Victron products include sinewave inverters, sinewave inverters/chargers, battery chargers, DC/DC converters, transfer switches, battery monitors and more. All of these products meet essential needs for safe and comfortable cruising.
You now have a second location in Ballard. How has adding this second location helped your business, and your customers?
The addition of the Monkey Fist Marine – Ballard allows us to do large and small repairs and refits in one location with a well-equipped shop and facility. We have two 70’ covered slips for repairs and upgrades and 300’ of dock space for various size vessels and projects. The Ballard location also adds additional services that include woodworking, fabrication, and coatings on site.
ABOUT THE EXPERT: Here at Monkey Fist Marine, I enjoy working with talented professionals and committed owners to creatively solve problems on their yachts. Since our inception in 2011, our passion for boating and quality workmanship has been the foundation to our success. Plus, our ability to stay current on new innovations adds to the fun! >> For more information on Monkey Fist Marine, or to schedule a service, visit: monkeyfistmarine.com