Boat respraying, refitting and repairs in Cape Town, South Africa


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  • Tree Tops Marine was founded in 2001 after the owner, Andrew Hough saw the need for a business that specialized in quality repairs and maintenance of both power and sail boats.

  • Previously Mr. Hough had spent four years with the SA Navy in the submarine service. At the end of the four year period he decided to leave the service and further his education.

  • After enrolling at the Cape Technician to study Mechanical Engineering he found a job with Cenmarine were he was to do his in service training. Cenmarine was at that time the premier boat builder of luxury vessels in South Africa. It was here that he developed the love for boat building with the help and guidance of the late David Gollicker.

  • On the completion of his studies he travelled abroad and again whilst in the UK found a job working in the composites industry.

  • On return to South Africa he worked in the family business before, in 2001 he decided to venture out on his own into the marine maintenance and repair industry.

  • At first the scope of work was relatively basic, concentrating on small mechanical and electrical repairs and general maintenance. However as the client base grew and the reputation for high end repairs and good service became established, so did the scope of work.

  • We then increased our staff to include marine carpentry and specialized lamination divisions.

  • In 2005 we could no longer carry out the type of work we were doing in the various marinas so we put up our own shed and workshops on a small holding in Joostenburg Vlakte.

Designing luxury yachts

  • With the new premises we can handle vessels up to 16m long under cover. This allowed us to carry out complete yacht refits as well as the completion of specialized projects for varying clients.

  • Over the years we have continued to grow and now have both the equipment and expertise to handle all aspects of boat repair and refit as well as the construction of complete vessels.

  • Our list of services is as follows:
    All aspects of marine carpentry including decks, hulls, framing as well as high end interior joinery for luxury yachts.

  • Stainless Steel fabrication of both heavy duty mountings/ engine beds, right through to the fabrication and repairs to push pits and guard rails.

  • Electrical repairs through to full rewiring of vessels.

  • All forms of composite work from basic polyester repairs and fabrication thru to epoxy resins with carbon fiber reinforcement as well as vacuum bagging facilities. We also have a portable vacuum unit for onsite repairs.

  • All painting and faring are carried out in house by our own spray painter and faring department.

  • Mechanical and plumbing is also handled in house and we have been involved in various engine changes/ repowers as well as supplying and installing a multitude of auxiliary equipment needed to control and run vessels today.

Some of our milestones include:

First rudder 36 foot sail boat. 2002
First minor refit.2002
Construction of plugs and molds for 40foot Power Cat.2002
Completion of proto type 40foot Power Cat.2002
Repower Sailing Cat. 2003
Lengthening 36foot Sail Cat.2003
Design and manufacture of composite containment chambers for the SA Parks board for use in the Kruger National Park upgrade project. 2003
Lengthening 38foot Sail Cat. 2004
Major structural changes and refit 39foot Power Boat.2005
Completion of 45foot sailing yacht from hull, deck and bulkheads. 2006
Complete rebuild of 26foot sail boat. 2007
Second 39foot Power Cat. 2008
Structural repairs to drive line on Sea Princess ferry boat. 2008
Structural repairs to Hull and Humber Clipper boat. 2008
Refit and repair 38foot Power boat.2009
Supply of completed interior components for owner builder projects.2009
Rudder conversion on sailing boat, from skeg hung to spade type.2010
Complete refit 30foot crayfish boat for Tristan da Cunha.2010
Major structural repair and refit to 58foot Sailing vessel.2011

To conclude we are a owner operated and run business that has been servicing the needs of the marine industry since 2001 and will continue to do so in the future.

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