06/02/2024 | Shipyard
The refit season has begun at the CNPF

Generally speaking, the refit season starts in March and ends in June. Boaters take advantage of the summer to sail in complete serenity with a clean hull. It’s really important to do the refit once a year in a shipyard. On the one hand, because shipyards have environmentally friendly infrastructure (wastewater recovery, etc.) and also because their experience allows them to detect potential malfunctions.

The refit of boats, whether sailing or motorized, is a crucial step in the maintenance of a boat. It is a process that not only preserves the performance of the boat, but also ensures its longevity. In this article, we’ll explore the different facets of fairing, why it’s so important, and some practical tips on how to do it effectively. The Port Fréjus shipyard, a renowned establishment on the French Riviera, stands out for its expertise in this crucial stage of boat maintenance.

If you want to enjoy your boat as soon as the weather is fine, then now is the time to book !

What is fairing ?

The fairing refers to all the maintenance operations carried out on the submerged part of the hull of a boat. This includes cleaning, repairing and protecting it from the elements. The aim is to maintain and/or improve sailing performance, reduce fuel consumption (for motorboats) and extend the life of the boat.

How to achieve an effective fairing ?

1. Cleaning : The first step is to thoroughly clean the hull by removing any dirt, snagged marine organisms, and old paints or coatings. This can be done by scraping, sanding, or pressure washing.

2. Inspection and repairs : After cleaning, inspect the hull for damage or signs of corrosion. Any damaged areas should be repaired before proceeding.

3. Application of antifouling : Antifouling is a special paint that prevents the growth of marine organisms on the hull. Its application is essential to protect the boat between fairings.

4. Protection & Finish : Apply additional layers of protection if necessary, such as primers or topcoats, to strengthen the hull against the elements and enhance the aesthetics of the boat.


– Frequency : The refit should be carried out regularly, typically once a year, but this can vary depending on the use of the boat and the water conditions in which it is sailing.
– Products : Choose antifouling and repair products that are suitable for your type of boat and environmental conditions.
– Safety : Fairing involves the use of chemicals and potentially hazardous materials. Be sure to follow safety recommendations and wear proper protective equipment.

Careening is an essential practice for any boat owner who wants to keep their boat in good condition. By following these steps and tips, you will not only be able to improve the performance of your boat, but also extend its lifespan and ensure the safety of you and your passengers on the water.

Coming out of the water

After cleaning and antifouling application