You know that your motor yacht needs to be “serviced,” but do you know all of the important services she really needs? Your yacht is a complex machine, and she is exposed to many punishing elements of wind, sea, and sun. These all can take a toll on her, from her exterior to her most delicate electronic systems.
The benefits of a yacht management solution such as our On Demand Yachting platform, is that you can be assured that all of the services you need are literally at your fingertips. These service range from routine care such as cleaning and detailing, to more complex repairs and maintenance of your engines. Here is a rundown of the most important services for the smooth operation of your motor yacht.
Electrical System – The electrical system of a modern luxury yacht is very complex. You need to rely on marine electrical technicians to monitor the system, and to repair, replace, or upgrade any of the electrical, and/or electronic systems and circuity on your vessel.
Paint – There are various types of paints used on your yacht for the various surfaces, these all serve specific purposes from aesthetics to keeping your hull and propellers free of marine growth. All painted surfaces need to be maintained, and professionally repainted from time to time.
Air Conditioning – The air conditioning system on a motor yacht is unique and requires an AC technician with a unique skill-set. Remember, the AC system you have on your yacht, like the one in your home, or office building, provides more than just cool air, but when needed, heating as well. That is why it is more properly referred to as a Marine HVAC, or “heating ventilation and air-conditioning system,” and just like a system in a building, it requires on-going maintenance by skilled HVAC technicians. HVAC service for your yacht, will also include routine maintenance of any other refrigeration equipment on board, such as coolers, freezers, or ice machines.
Detailing –Detailing is what keeps your yacht looking showroom perfect! But, detailing means so much more than merely cleaning your yacht. Typical detailing services should include:
- Buffing and Compounding
- Application of wax sealers
- Leather and vinyl cleaning
- Metal Polishing
Fiberglass & Gelcoat – Gelcoat is a kind of epoxy resin. It is what provides the high-quality “glass-like” finish to fiber-glass and other composite materials used in building the hulls of boats and yachts. Over time your gelcoat can take a beating, and will need expert techs to repair it correctly!
Generators – Generators are very important on your yacht. They provide the power to all of the electronics, lighting and entertainment systems. Generator services include routine maintenance, engine tune-ups, load testing, oil and fluid changes, coolant flushing, inspections, and overhauls when necessary.
Outboards – Your motor yacht may or may not have outboard engines, but your tender certainly will. Outboards have their own set of maintenance requirements and idiosyncrasies, and you need outboard service techs familiar with how to keep them up and running, so they start and run smoothly every time they are needed!
Diesel Engines – Diesel engines are the workhorses of the marine industry, but even a diesel cannot run forever without routine maintenance and upkeep.
Hydraulics – Much of your motor yacht’s operation relies on hydraulics. You need hydraulic specialists that are skilled and experienced in the installation, maintenance, and repair of any and all on-board hydraulic systems, from steering to hydraulic assisted doors and stabilizers.
For Every System – a Service
As you can see from the above list, your yacht is really a series of different systems each of which need to be monitored and maintained for her safe operation.
That is where having your yacht in our On Demand service program, or part of our Charter Fleet can help. In either scenario, your boat will be under a strict program of routine maintenance, and you will always be able to monitor your boat’s condition and any repairs being done, by logging into your secure On Demand dashboard!
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.