We talked to Matt Wheeler, marine refurbishment technician, to find out more about Rayglass’s biggest ever premium refurbishment job.
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Rayglass Legend 730 Restoration Project - Basil
Posted By Matthew Flanagan | July 02, 2020
Glen, Auckland family man, business owner, and avid boatie, had a problem. After years of use and hundreds of long days in the sun, his Rayglass Legend 730 was in need of some TLC.
Glen’s Rayglass 730 Legend
The Rayglass 730 Legend is a versatile fishing, cruising and every day vessel that’s roughly equivalent to the new model Legend 2500.
Glen uses the boat all over New Zealand including trout fishing, wakeboarding and cruising around Lake Rotoiti near Rotorua, the Hauraki Gulf and Pauanui. He’s got a dream setup with his own dock at Rotoiti so him and his family just walk on and off the boat whenever they want to take it out.
Restoring the Legend
Glen’s Rayglass was still looking good, but heavy use and sun exposure over several years had started to show. The graphics were peeling off, the carpet and interior detailing was starting to fray and the gel coat was losing its shine due to being kept outside by its previous owner. There were also a few minor repairs needed.
The goal was to get the boat done in March/April but a certain global pandemic threw a spanner in the works:
“Tony and the team made the job really easy. Before the lockdown started they went over the boat with me and quoted it up for me. The communication was great from the get-go but then COVID happened and the work got delayed a little,” Glen said.
As soon as the lockdown ended our service team got stuck into the boat. Over the course of a full working week, we spent almost 40 hours on the boat, and:
- Repaired the gel coat around the boat to get that Rayglass shine back.
- Removed waterline stains.
- Removed the old graphics and replaced them with brand new graphics and a boat name.
- Polished the boat’s teak to get it looking like new.
- Added a new toilet pump motor, wiper blades and anchor light.
- Carried out a number of small repairs around the boat.
“It looked like a new boat, you could have put it on a showroom floor. The new flooring looked fantastic and the hull got its shine back - it looked like a million bucks,” Glen said.
“Tony and the Rayglass Service team did a great job. Communication was easy and I got regular check ins about the progress they were making. Matt the sales manager was great too and took lots of care.”
Glen’s got a few big trips planned when the weather warms up, including taking the family down to Pauanui to get reacquainted with the local fish population and maybe even have a go on the waterskis. But despite those future plans, Glen couldn’t quite resist giving his newly refurbished 730 a proper test drive.
“Me and my wife went fishing - we looked for workups and went around the bottom end of Waiheke and up at Rakino. After a day out, the boat got the wife’s seal of approval, which is the most important thing!”
One of the best parts of our jobs here at Rayglass is bringing boats back to their former glory and hearing stories from the owners when they get back out on the water. If you’ve got a Rayglass boat in need of some TLC, drop in and see us at Rayglass HQ or give us a call to talk about how we can get it looking brand new again.
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