Brightworks Yacht Services

Serving Pinellas County


Who we are

Locally owned and operated, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, Brightworks offers mobile yacht services to aid boat owners in everything from hurricane preparedness, and boat management to varnishing and educational consulting services. 

Captain Gary Messick, owner and founder of Brightworks, is a licensed USCG captain and divemaster with over 30+ years of experience in the marine industry. From chartering his own yacht in the U.S.V.I., to private captain services and decades of sailing experience, Gary is a true expert and enjoys sharing his passion with others. 


What we offer

Custom Varnishing

The don't make them like they used to.

Exterior varnishing or brightwork is a work of art.

It can be painstaking and frustrating to the novice boat owner, which is why we are so proud of our work.

Everything from taping to sanding will make all the difference in the world when it comes to how your teak looks in the end. We use a variety of products like Epefanes Sikkens and Awlgrip to ensure that your finish will hold up to Florida sun and temperatures. We offer custom varnishing packages for that beautiful teak wood.

Hurricane Preparedness

Be prepared for hurricane season without lifting a finger.

The two major obstacles are wind and water. Wind alone can sink a boat from the hull being pounded up against a dock.

Topside damage to eisenglass, sails and removable fixtures like grills and kayaks can all be avoided with preparation.

If your insurance provides the option of hauling your boat out of the water, we can take your boat to a preferred yard and see that it is back in its slip after the storm passes.
We offer custom packages to ensure your boat will fare the storms.

Boat Care Management

If you'd like to hand over the wheel, we're happy to manage your boat for you.

This can include regular upkeep, as well as private captain services to take you and your family out for a spin.

We're open to discussing client's varied needs in this area.

Consulting Services

Interested in chartering a yacht and could use some advice?

New boat owner in need of some 1:1 time with an expert to learn the ropes?

Book by-the-hour consulting with Captain Gary.


What the little birdies are saying...

"I own an older Irwin 52 sailboat with lots of teak on deck which needed at this point to be stripped down to bare wood and refinished. Gary did the work for me, and I am super pleased with the results. The wood was properly stripped, sanded, and finished with 3 coats of Cetol base coat and one of gloss top coat. I found him to be knowledgable, competent, with a strong work ethic, was good company while aboard, and the boat looks great. I highly recommend him for this kind of work."
Fred H.
"Knowledgeable and professional service-- serving those who want to maintain the quality of their boats but don’t have the time or expertise to DIY."
Jane A.

Contact Us

  • Schedule an appointment, get more information, or obtain a free quote.
  • Phone: (727) 259-3489