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June 22, 2022

Yacht Owners Guide to Superyacht Maintenance

A superyacht is a remarkable engineering feat. With cutting-edge technology, these floating luxury hotels with pools, gyms, tenders, and more are designed to travel upwards of 12 knots per hour while cruising. The amenities that accompany a superyacht are just as remarkable. With all the comforts of home and then some, yacht owners require a passionate crew and must perform regular maintenance to preserve a luxurious yacht ownership experience.

The ROI of a superyacht pays in fun, relaxation, and unique excursions with friends and family. Using schedules for many yacht maintenance tasks can help improve reliability, avoid repair costs and make managing your vessel a breeze. Software management systems can help organize safety drills, cleaning schedules, tender servicing, and essential operating systems.

Management Software

Whether you hire a yacht management company or rely on a passionate crew, maintenance management software tools can help improve the consistency, communication, and data organization of your team. Documentation of yacht maintenance is valuable for resale, and service software can produce comprehensive data reports such as annual expenses. Superyacht maintenance plans for yachts span 5, 10, or even 15 years, so transferring maintenance and repairs data with the yacht is necessary. Management software allows this data to be easily shared with potential buyers.

Maintenance software can also help streamline communication between management companies, captains, engineers, and owners. Streamlining processes creates efficiency and simplicity, making it fun to be an active superyacht owner.

Safety

Drills are essential to safety aboard a superyacht. While no one ever wants to put emergency training to the test with an unexpected event, a well-trained crew can minimize damage and save lives – added insurance and peace of mind for most yacht owners. Every yacht has different equipment and tools, and the crew needs to become familiar with all life safety systems as well as their individual roles in the event of an emergency. Following the International Maritime Organization guidelines can provide a framework for these drills.

Cleaning

Diligent cleaning and protective coatings, such as waxing, will keep your yacht sparkling. If your vessel contains beautiful woodwork, regular treatment or varnish will help maintain its shine and keep it looking flawless.

Maintaining a clean yacht is most manageable when performed on a schedule. Cleaning is also an efficient time to inspect the engine room, hatch seals, latches, chrome handles, or railings. Paired with a system to report any corrosion or potential concerns, your vessel can remain a safe, well-maintained cruising machine.

Interior cleaning also plays a role in maintaining a superyacht and easing the financial burden than can come from avoidable equipment malfunctions. Proper cleaning can prolong the life of current interiors and postpone the need for refits. Members of your crew can keep the interior meticulous while you focus on relaxing.

Tenders and Toys

Another appeal of superyacht ownership is all the toys, but audio/visual systems, tenders, scuba equipment, jet skis and more all need maintenance for optimal performance.

Because daily activities can change based on the weather, regularly servicing tenders and toys allows you to adapt plans accordingly. Coordinating these maintenance schedules and documenting them with reports is all part of superyacht maintenance.

Operating Systems

Regularly ensure that dock lines, batteries, and bilges are dry and that pumps are working. This is essential to the safety of a superyacht. Air conditioning units and toilets are also necessary to provide a comfortable experience for guests, so it’s critical to keep those systems in good working order.

Engines are a more substantial undertaking. Running systems, changing oil filters, and monitoring pumps are a few critical tasks. There are several ways to go about maintaining engines: You can have one or more engineers on your crew, you can use on-shore engineers or a combination of both. It really comes down to the unique needs of your superyacht and how you use it.

Regular superyacht maintenance includes a broad range of tasks required to protect a vessel’s performance, longevity, and value. With the right tools and people in place, you can keep your yacht in excellent condition for years to come.

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