From the legendary “Scotty” on the fictitious Starship Enterprise, to his more conventional counterparts on today’s very real ocean going vessels, the critical role of the Chief Engineer to a ship’s crew cannot be overstated.

That is equally true of your luxury motor yacht’s engineer. The truth is, the systems on a modern superyacht are as complex as on any aircraft, or any ship at sea.

Motor yacht engineers need to be on top of their game, and can be called upon to deal with maintenance and repair issues for the engines and generators, to the onboard HVAC systems, and everything else in-between!

Every mechanical or electrical system on board falls under the purview of your yacht’s engineer.

The original term “engineer” comes from the word “engine.” But, your yacht’s engineer is responsible for much more than just the smooth operation of her engines. He or she is also required to maintain all of the electrical systems, the plumbing and the hydraulics. But it does not stop there. A marine engineer, particularly one on board, will be responsible for general maintenance and any needed repairs on all other equipment and systems on board such as: air conditioning, any and all galley appliances, the tenders, and even “water toys” such as jet-skis.

Marine Engineer Checks Hydraulics

Jack of All Trades

The on-board yacht engineer needs to be a true jack-of- all-trades. The engineer and his staff (depending on the size of your vessel, you may have more than one engineer on board) are the glue that holds everything together. Not only is engineering responsible for all of the ship’s sophisticated systems, once you are out to sea, he or she may be called upon to fix anything from a TV to a passenger’s laptop.

Your on-board engineers will also be supported by specialized engineers and technicians perhaps on board, but certainly on shore when your boat is docked. These can include: electrical engineers, tender engineers, as well as technicians with specific skillsets in air conditioning, hydraulics, or other components.

Yachts in the superyacht or megayacht categories will likely have an Electrical Technical Officer (ETO) on board to assist the engineer. The ETO will have specialized training in maintaining and/or repairing the various IT and sophisticated electronic and communications components and systems that are integral to the running of such large vessels.

Finding the Right Yacht Engineer

Your engineer, like all of your yachts crew, is critical to the safe and carefree operation of your vessel. Finding a good marine engineer, like finding any experienced and vetted crew member, is made easier by FYMs unique On Demand Yachting solution. On Demand can even connect you to a network of technicians nationwide, so you can have work done on your yacht by qualified engineers and techs wherever you are.

maritime engineer & schematics

Finding reliable crew can be challenging. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.