The value of utilising a planned maintenance system and applying an effective maintenance schedule to your vessel cannot be understated. Yachts, boats, ships – whichever you choose to call them, are a collection of individual systems and components which collectively when running properly, allow you to enjoy your time on the water safely.
Each of these components all comes with manufacturer recommendations on when certain maintenance tasks should be completed. They do this because it gives you the best chance of maintaining that particular component to a standard, which will allow you to enjoy it for the longest period of time and leave you with a feeling of value, and hopefully, have you returning for more.
Let’s look at a modern day engine room on a 77 ft Riviera. This twin engine yacht will all contain, at a minimum, 1 if not 2 generators, water makers, hydraulic systems, an air conditioning plant, a fire safety system, an independent steering system and a bilge pump system.
Each of these systems is made by different manufacturers and is assembled under the watchful eyes of boat manufacturers. Many manufacturers will pass on manuals specific to each of the components they use on their vessels to new boat owners as part of a sale. It is not uncommon to receive a folder made up of dozens of manuals. Managing and understanding these manuals can be a frustrating task but a task, which is well and truly worth the effort of understanding and acting upon.
Failures and breakdowns are inevitable, however, applying a maintenance schedule significantly reduces the likelihood of catastrophic and potentially dangerous failures. Furthermore, when it comes time to sell your vessel, a documented maintenance history is a double-edged sword; it shows maintenance has been performed and logged and it suggestive of a vessel owner who prioritises the care of their vessel highly.
And we all want to buy a vessel which has been loved.
Seahub is an effective planned maintenance system that when implemented, reduces the likelihood of catastrophic and potentially dangerous failures. For more information visit www.seahub.com.au