Spain is no Frontier for Mylor’s Bright Spark
From winning top slot as the UK’s “Newly Certificated Electronics Technician of the Year 2018” with a 100% pass rate in her exams – our marine electrician Rebekah (Bekx) Hancock has now been impressing Mylor Yacht Harbour clients more than a thousand miles away.
When Bill and Mo Joce needed an urgent upgrade of some of the Raymarine electronics’ equipment aboard their Oyster 49 yacht Shakura, the fact that they were based at Sada Marina in North West Spain was no stumbling block to the Raymarine-accredited Mylor Marine Team.
The Joces were planning to sail from Spain down to Lisbon, Portugal – long cruises exploring new waterways along a stretch of coast notorious for fog – and with their old radar not working at all they realised an upgrade was essential to their trip.
“Of all the Raymarine approved engineer / installers, Mylor was by far the most accommodating company to deal with – and only one keen literally to go the extra miles to carry out our installation work in Spain,” says Bill Joce.
“Mylor, overall, and Bekx Hancock, in particular, proved to be professional, competent and knowledgeable. Any difficulty encountered was soon overcome with a most positive can-do attitude and Bekx herself proved to be a delightful boat guest during the four days she spent aboard.”
Mylor Yacht Harbour’s Marine Team met the strictest criteria required by Raymarine to both supply and maintain technologies used in the leisure boating and light commercial markets, placing the Cornish yacht harbour within a global network of dealers and distributors.
In Spain, Bekx installed a Raymarine Quantum 2 Marine Radar aboard Shakura, with Doppler collision avoidance technology and a 12” Axiom Pro display, all of which have helped the Joces manoeuvre around shipping channels and adverse weather conditions – even if the infamous fog banks never materialised.
For Bekx herself the biggest challenge was planning exactly what was going to be needed for the job:
“I had to take all of my tools with me,” she says, “and I had to pre-empt any issues that might arise in Spain – something that might be easily fixed in a workshop can sometimes be more complicated offsite.
“Staying on board Shakura while working on her went really well and the Joces were fantastic hosts – such great food! I’d take the tender rib out to explore after work and the area was really beautiful – huge pods of dolphins and lovely beaches, with a system of creeks and inlets very similar to the Carrick Roads.”
This has been an interesting and slightly unusual piece of work for Mylor’s Marine Team – and certainly one to be repeated.
“It’s great to give our team the chance to travel for their work,” says Marine Team Engineering Manager Nathan Percival. “As a Raymarine-appointed service and sales dealership we were able to supply all the navigation and communication systems the Joces needed and send it across to Spain with Bekx for installation aboard the boat.
“We have every confidence in Bekx’ skill and ability and were proud to send her out on this job having seen her through her training and award-winning qualification – all the time working with our world-class experts to become a brilliant, fully-fledged member of the Team.”