Check-up: A boat hooked up to its mooring on a single unsafe bridle. AMML will replace these bridles at no extra charge, other than the client’s monthly maintenance fee.
Check-up: A boat hooked up to its mooring on a single unsafe bridle. AMML will replace these bridles at no extra charge, other than the client’s monthly maintenance fee.

Boat owners can save hundreds of dollars and gain added peace of mind through the Atlantic Mooring Maintenance Programme.

Andrew and Denis Owen, owners of Atlantic Mooring Maintenance Ltd. (AMML), have developed the service to cut costs for people in the recession.

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By paying a fixed monthly bank direct debit, boat owners are covered for labour, maintenance and parts (with the exception of weights and ground chains).

Most insurance companies require an annual or two-year mooring check, but the Atlantic Mooring Maintenance Programme does six-monthly checks, with a detailed report for each client. Denis Owen said: “We’ve gone above and beyond the industry standards by checking your mooring every six months.”

The rates for the programme start at $24.99 for a boat under 20ft, to $69.99 for one under 60ft.

“Once a client signs up, we check the mooring using measuring equipment such as calipers to monitor wear,” said Mr Owen.

“If the chain fails our standards we will take it out and change the parts.

“Clients can be confident that their mooring is always maintained. So if a storm blows up in the middle of the night, you don’t have to worry about your boat breaking off.

“There are no hidden costs or fees. We take care of everything, all the labour and parts.

“If someone decides to leave the programme we just require three months’ notice. But we provide a great service at a great price, making it affordable for people.

“The onus is on us as a company to perform at a very high level.”

Atlantic Mooring Maintenance Ltd was founded in January 2006 to provide a full mooring service and maintenance. It is also a consultant for boat owners applying to the Department of Marine and Ports Services for their mooring.

Mr Owen said the maintenance programme was launched in November 2011.

“When the economy started to slide, moorings got pushed back among the priorities in people’s lives for a lot of people,” he said.

“With mortgages and bills to pay, underwater moorings are like ‘out of sight, out of mind’ for some.

“We found that a lot of people stopped budgeting for their moorings.

“When it came to the time to get maintenance done they would say, ‘We have to pass on this’.

“So, we started looking at making our own company more efficient to cut costs, and pass these savings on to our customers.

“We developed systems to make things more efficient and now there are major savings being passed on to our clients.”

Mr Owen’s brother Andrew said that the more people who join the programme, the more efficient it gets.

“We have started grouping people together in bays,” he said.

“For example, instead of driving for an hour from one side of the island to the other, using up lots of fuel, we can visit a group of moorings in a bay together.

“We can leave the barge there until all the work is done on the moorings of people in our plan. This brings a huge saving on gas, which we can pass on to our clients. The travel and labour time is therefore also greatly reduced.”

Contact 238-0050 or e-mail info@amml.bm. See www.bermudamooring.com