Engine room on yacht

You probably do not give your yacht’s engine room a lot of thought. But, your yacht’s builder designer, and engineer do! A lot happens in your engine room, and it needs to be designed and built for access and functionality. In fact, an engine room really can tell you a lot about a yacht, so if you are currently looking for a new yacht, or want to take a closer look at your own engine room, here are a few things that make for a well-designed motor yacht engine room.

What Makes for a Good Engine Room

The very nature of your engine room is that it can be filled with things that can be harmful, from hot surfaces to spinning gears. When it comes to engine room design, “safety first,” is more than just a catch phrase, it is imperative. A yacht engine room should be built to require someone to be in there not so often, and to be as safe as possible when they are. That means the things that a tech or engineer needs to gain access to, such as control panels, valves, switches, monitoring pumps, etc, should be very easy to get to, and away from the more dangerous parts of the engine itself.

A superyacht engine room

A Well-Designed Engine Room

At some point in the life of your boat, your engineer or one of his assistants is going to have to go into your engine room for some reason or another while the yacht is underway. Designers of engine rooms, want to make sure that whatever he or she needs to do in there, can be done quickly, efficiently, and safely. Good engine room lighting is an important part of that. Also, the engine room should be finished with high gloss white paint, which will help to amplify the available lighting. It should be easy for anyone going into the engine room to have access to a portable light source. This is especially true if the engine room has lighting on a separate circuit that will kick in during an emergency, as such lighting is usually of much lower intensity than the main engine room lights.

There should be clear pathways between the engines, with handrails, and preferably rubberized flooring material.

And finally, the designer of your engine room must take careful consideration of the placement of heavy equipment such as your yachts generators, and “weigh” the ease of access against differential displacement and balance of the vessel.

Keeping the Engine Room, and Your Engines in Shape

As you can see, there is a lot that you may not have thought about going on beneath the splendor of your luxury yacht. But, to an engineer, one of the things that makes her beautiful is trouble free engines! Well running engines may begin with a well-designed engine room, but they are kept that way through constant inspection and proactive maintenance.

Our On Demand Yachting solution is one way to evaluate the design and functionality of your motor yachts engine room, and to help ensure the safe operation of your yacht for years to come!

a well designed engine room


Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. 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.