Welding & Fabrication
Engineered to Your Desires
From the simple spot-weld, to new railings, up to a full tower, Bluewater has built it or fixed it or redesigned it to your specifications. Fiberglass and other composite material fabrication is part of Bluewater’s day to day job fulfillment. Our technicians are not limited to the ordinary and they recognize “use-ability” and bring it to the level of art-form everyday. The most interesting and challenging jobs become the focus of the entire yard from the initial design and engineering through the stages of development and installation.
Some aspects of our expertise include:
- Design, fabrication and installation of custom aluminum tops, towers and other structural components
- Cutting, fitting and welding on pipe, plate and structural extrusions
- Mezzanine design, fabrication and installation
- Console rebuilds and component addition, fabrication and installation
- New boat construction
- Any imaginable fabrication or welding project
Bluewater routinely produces complex FRP structures, with and without cores, for refit and modification of vessels from 20 to over 120 feet in length. Our team has built structures and molds and made repairs using polyester, vinylester and epoxy resin systems. Our technicians have extensive experience in reinforcing materials including all common e and s glass materials, dynel and kevlar.
Bluewater is often called upon by boat manufacturers and insurance companies to repair complex single‐skin and composite FRP structures which have been damaged in accidents or require repair under manufacturers’ warranty policies. Bluewater technicians are familiar with structural standards such as correct feathering ratios in laminate skins to reproduce original structural integrity, and are skilled at replacing damaged core materials with the same or improved materials to re‐create the proper core qualities such as compressibility, non-friability, shear strength and thermal resistance in hot climates.
The worst damage imaginable? We can fix it. You have a vision of how you want your boat to look and function? We can build it!
Recent Welding Projects
How to Make the Most of Your Boat’s Time Out of the Water
Doing Hard Time The answer to why one goes through the expense and effort of owning a boat is generally summed up in the experiences that occur while it’s afloat. When you take the water out of the equation, some of the sparkle diminishes. Words like haul-out,...
“Dock Pride” – A Tale of a Few Seats
In gearing up for the summer of 2013 fishing season, Bluewater’s Hampton, Virginia Yacht Yard welcomed long-time customer and friend Bubba Brizendine and his 2000 57’ Taylor Made sportfishing boat Game Time. The project goal was to refresh her and incorporate some...
All-Winter Refit on a Viking 38
Dear Chris and Earle, As both of you know, our 1995 Viking 38, Hull 38-143 spent most of winter at Bluewater Yacht Service Yard getting updated. We would like to give you some feed back first on our new boat, and then on our experience at your yard. We couldn’t be...