Stanley Yacht Services

Monday, January 1, 2018

The Year of Passion and Drive

And, just like that, 2018 has arrived, mates. 
May your year be filled with health, happiness, success, and fun! 
Bring your PASSION AND DRIVE and all of the above is guaranteed. 

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Disappearance Of An Ocean Beauty
Nautlius Faces Extinction

Every ocean lover is fondly familiar with the mysterious perfection of the spiral-patterned shell known as the Nautilus and it should sadden us all to read the following doom and gloom article about its possible disappearance from our seas:
"Natural selection has a whole new game in town,” said Peter Ward, a nautilus expert at Seattle’s University of Washington. And that game is called: “if you are pretty to a human, you are probably going to die."
Read on ...
Doomed by their beauty, nautiluses could be headed toward extinction 
What a shame. We hate that this natural treasure has been relegated to "tourist gling-glack" status to such an extent over-harvesting may cause its extinction. We'll certainly do our part to spread the word - indeed, our fearless in-house amateur "artiste", Jo, is working on a drawing to memorialize the beauty of a Nautilus - and we hope you can join us in this and other ocean conservation efforts as well!

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

HURRICANE IRMA: Latest Track Forecast Models

As you may imagine, we're paying close attention to Hurricane Irma and we've spent the better part of a week getting the SYS Fleet ready to weather this record-breaking storm.

While it's still too early to tell, with any certainty, which direction Irma will follow, we do know, no matter what, its impact will be felt to some extent or another throughout South Florida.

If we're "lucky", some weakening may occur in the upcoming day or two but that's no reason to get complacent. For our part, we've implemented our standard Hurricane Preparedness Plan to protect the vessels in our care. Precautionary measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Repositioning to sheltered harbor, if possible
  • Doubling up lines
  • Putting out extra fenders
  • Lowering antennae
  • Removing exterior canvas & cushions
  • Securing tenders & toys
  • Springing off from docks were necessary
  • Making sure bilge pumps are operational 
  • Removing all perishables from refrigerators & freezers

As always, we're bracing for the worst but hoping for the best. We hope you're not waiting until the last minute to prepare. Stay safe, mates!

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Our Capt Ben Is Our Mr Fix It
Is He Saving The Yachting Industry?

We loved this Yachting Magazine article so much we thought we'd share it with you for your Sunday morning perusal. And, yes, it reminded us of our very own Capt. Ben, who claims a screwdriver is his most-oft used hand tool on board. Close runner-up? A pair of dikes.

Do you have a handy helmsman on your boat? That go-to guy who knows how to fix the most obscure widget or, at the very least, can come up with a temporary "chewing gum and caulk" repair? Do you have a maritime MacGyver? If not, we suggest you get one.

Meanwhile, enjoy Jay Coyle's tongue-in-cheek take on how his own vast skill set (and screwdriver) may very well have saved the boating industry:

Tell Tales: No More Mr. Fix it
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Bridges, Boaters and Big Business
It's A Delicate Balance Between Economy And Efficiency

If you make a living in our industry, no doubt you've heard the complaints from land commuters: "The boats keep making the bridges go up and we get stuck in traffic jams." Indeed, we've seen entire online forums dedicated to pointing fingers at the "Big Bad Boaters Who Tie Up Traffic". And, yes, it gets frustrating trying to explain that not all of us are joyriding on the waterways; many, if not most, of us, are requesting those pesky bridge openings because it's how we make a living and bring a thriving livelihood to South Florida.

This article from the Miami Herald tackles the business side of the issue (along the Miami River) in further depth:

Drivers fume - but many businesses are happy - when Miami River drawbridges rise
Feel free to jump in the Comments section with your thoughts on this issue, mates. We know where we stand ... float.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Random Saturday Sagacity
Ships Don't Sink ....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Welcome To Summer, Mates!
'Tis The Season To Focus On Safe Boating - It's Always That Season

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Monday, January 16, 2017

New River Bridge Closure
12 Days No Boat Traffic!

Well, this is inconvenient. All Aboard Florida intends to lock down the New River Bridge (FEC railroad) for a 12-day period from Saturday, February 11 at 12:01 a.m. through Thursday, February 23, 12:01 a.m. Needless to say, this would prohibit boat traffic (other than kayaks) along the river.

The timing is simply terrible. The Miami International Boat Show runs from February 16-20 and the bridge closure would force vessels out of boatyards up the river almost a week ahead of time. After the show is over, vessels would not be able to get back to boatyards for refits, haul outs, etc. or return to their regular docks west of the bridge. And where will all these boats be docked in the interim? Who is covering the added expenses?

We are not alone in our concern. Twenty-two plaintiffs have filed suit to push the closure to May, when the winter boating season is over.

Shipyard owners sue to delay closing of New River bridge
We will be attending the hearing on January 27 and hope AAF comes up with a reasonable solution. We will keep you posted.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Bertram Burns In Biscayne Bay
Sea Trial Goes Up In Smoke

Pretty scary day on the water for Captain Steve Thomas and his three passengers. Fortunately, his instincts and quick thinking led to their safe rescue, the skipper only suffering minor burns on his fingers.
Boat captain injured during boat fire in Biscayne Bay
It's always a shame to see a classic yacht succumb to mechanical mishaps but we're glad everyone made it out OK (and wearing life jackets)! #WearIt

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

No Job Too Small ... No Detail Overlooked!

Call it #ToolTimeThursday: Here at SYS, we take every step to ensure repairs, refits and upgrades go as smoothly as possible and that the positive results will be long-lasting. This requires attention to every detail, like...

...diligently applying Loctite to each and every bolt's threads...
...during an engine's transmission rebuild. Our goal is to get our clients' yachts back on the water in the best shape possible.

Sometimes it may feel like projects take longer than clients would like but, rest assured, we're taking our time to make sure it's done right.

No shortcuts to smooth sailing and zero stress, mates!

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