Yacht Maintenance



We are a yacht repair and marine engineering company based in Portimão and operating in the Lagos, Villamora, Albuferia and Faro marinas. We specialise in Yacht refurbishment, Yacht maintenance, fiber glass and painting. We are known for being efficient, professional and friendly.


Gelcoat scratches and chips in a fibreglass boat are a fact of life, however, there comes a time when even the most hardened boat abuser starts to think about fixing things up a bit. Extensive spiderweb cracks, chunks of missing gel or wear through to the glass laminate are worth taking a look at. The basic procedure for making repairs is surface preparation, gelcoat application, sanding and finishing.

GRP Repairs

Most craft of whatever size or construction material have required filling and fairing compounds at some time either in their life or in their development and design. Production GRP hulls which emerge from the moulds with a smooth gel coat finish owe their fairness and quality of finish to the skill of the builders original shape or 'plug' from which the mould was formed. The same high standard of finish can also be seen in 'one-off' composite racing sailboats. These craft mostly use epoxy rather than polyester resin in their construction and are built over a male plug. All one-off racing sailboats use lightweight epoxy filler mixers and specialized high performance paint schemes to obtain the necessary high standard of finish.


The process of grit blast cleaning or sand blasting involves the use of compressed air and an abrasive medium. Applications range from removing rust, corrosion damage, paint and other coatings from your hull.



Osmosis Treatment is a huge part of the companies business, carrying out this treatment on boats throughout the year, in our large boat shed, which adjoins our office on the Marina. The problem of osmosis appears in the form of blisters in the gel coat, which is caused by moisture infiltration in to the gel coat, causing a chemical reaction forming pressure under the gel coat thus creating blisters. The blisters can appear in small or large form in unprotected fibreglass boats. The osmosis problem can occur at any time dependant on a number of factors, the quality of the laminate construction, temperature and type of water. Therefore SlickHull has developed a system for the protection against an osmosis problem and the treatment of the osmosis problem. Our method of Osmosis Treatment is by bringing the boats into the shed, drying out boats using de-humidifiers and infra-red lights. Once a boat is dry, we sheave the hull using 300 gram multi bi-axial mat and solvent free resin, before applying a further 5 coats of gel-protect solvent free epoxy, followed by 1 filler coat and then the antifoul coats.


If you are happy with the condition of your vessel but need a reassuring inspection and opinion of your hull then this is the survey you may require. Typically this will involve a detailed examination of sample areas on the hull using the state of the art right up to date Sovereign Quantum moisture meter. This will check for moisture content on or near the surface of the laminate. It then measures further into the substrate up to a depth of 300mm. This gives me one good indication of thecondition of the hull.


We have a dedicated team of painters and paint surface preparation technicians. We are able to achieve a superior paint finish to your yacht, and have access to important technical information from our valuable partners. We have been painting yachts of all sizes since we began, all with exceptional quality of finish to paint work, both interior and exterior. We use AWL GRIP and IMORN Paints.


We start with gentle wash to remove surface grit with wax safe soap, remove all possible marks and scuffs and wipe dry surfaces. Then Enhance and protect your paintwork or gel-coat with the very best in glazes & high content Carnauba waxes. After gently polish paintwork or gelcoat with the finest grade of polish. This stage will give your surface reflection more clarity with a high gloss finish.


With a dedicated team specialising in yacht painting and varnishing, we are a centre of excellence for work of this kind. We undertake a variety of coating methods, including spraying and hand brushing, and use industry-approved paints and varnishes to provide the best possible finish on your yacht.


Whether your boat is in need of surface repair or a complete refit, SlickHull is your refitting solution. With over 10 years of experience in the yachting industry , we focus on blending European design with Advanced technology. Slickhull offers the best in new techniques and provides new concepts in manufacturing and design. We encourage our clients' thoughts and ideas- from choosing the exact fixtures, décor, and materials to be used.


We can repair your existing teak deck or refit your deck with new teak of the best quality and at an affordable price. Allow us to replace existing cabinetry with new cabinets making the interior of your yacht a masterpiece. Apart from wood work our carpentry team also works with Perspex and other plastic materials creating fantastic visual effects both inside and out.


Our Services include the preparing and antifouling of boats, also preparing and antifouling sail drives, out drives and props. We can also offer Antifoul Removal by either manual, chemical, sand blasting or soda blasting methods. The chemical method is an Antifoul and Paint Removal System – a new de-coating product which is water borne, worker friendly, safe, non-toxic and biodegradable, yet capable of removing the toughest Marine Coating Systems. Coppercoat performs for many years and is the only available coating actually proven to protect hulls from fouling for at least ten consecutive seasons. Using this system would simply require a hose down once a year to remove any build up of sea slime.


-50 ton / 300 ton Travelift
-20.000 m² of paved area fenced and lit for parking
-Toilets and showers


SlickHull staff are work inconjuntion with Certified Service Technicians for a large range of liferaft including: Avon (Coastline and Ocean), BFA, Lifeguard, Plastimo, XM, Zodiac (ALL BRANDS), RFD, Autoflug, Pro-Saver, Ocean Safety ISO, Sea-Safe, Seago, Waypoint and Wetline.

Why Choose Us?

Why Choose Us?

Slick Hull provide a professional service for all types of yacht repairs across the Algarve, from small grp repairs to full refits.

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