Boat Shrink Wrap Encapsulation – Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour


Boat Shrink Wrap, Cockatoo Island

Scaffolding System:
Shrink Wrap Encapsulation

Private Client

December 2020

Boat Shrink Wrap Encapsulation in Cockatoo Island, Sydney

This month Stronghold Hire was asked to re-encapsulate a large vessel that was under restoration.

The vessel was docked at Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. For those of you that don’t know, Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove River with a rich history and is now extremely popular with tourists.

30m of Boat Shrink Wrap Encapsulation

The boat shrink wrap encapsulation that was installed by another shrink wrap company had become old and weathered. The model was a Warrick Class 100 Pilothouse which is a 30m long, tri-level luxury motor yacht. Most of our marine projects have been much smaller in comparison but we were keen to take on the challenge.

Out With The Old, In With The New..Shrink Wrap

The team had to meet at the wharf at 7:30 am each morning with all materials, tools etc being brought over by a powered boat to the dry boat storage and maintenance area. Once the old wrap was carefully removed and disposed of, we needed to examine the timber support framing that will give shape to the wrap and enough clearance to work. We had to modify some of the existing timber framings and add extra banding to get the desired shape as part of the preparation process.

All Hands On Deck

The original plan was to bring the wrap down past the handrails to give complete encapsulation from top to bottom, however, we were not able to move the boat to suit this and working from a small boat was also not given as an option to us. The client requested that we only go to the handrails and any local works of paint removal etc. would be temporarily protected with Monarflex. The client also asked us to cover the bridge area. This was straight forward with the use of extra timber framing and banding. The crew assisted us on parts of the preparation to ensure that the design of the framing or ‘skeleton’ suited the tasks that they were undertaking.

Premium Fire-retardant Shrink Wrap

After the preparation stage, with the client happy with the set we started to install the shrink wrap. We used our premium fire-retardant product, which is extremely strong and forgiving, perfect for this type of project.
After fitting zip lock doors, the project was complete within 4 days, with most of the time spent in the preparation. The client was extremely happy with the result and will be requesting our services later next year when the vessel is dry-docked. We will be looking to provide scaffolding and wrap to act as a temporary shelter and access to all areas.

Boat Shrink Wrap – Making The Right Kind of Splash

This latest project shows the versatility of our shrink wrap encapsulation service and the different types of projects it can be used for. If you have a boat (or, anything really) that needs protecting from the elements our shrink wrap service could be for you. Give us a call now on 02 89852020 or contact us online for more info.

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