Summer is here, and that means longer days to enjoy your fun in the sun on your luxury motor yacht! It also means you have to be aware of these maintenance issues that can “heat up” along with summer weather.
For many yacht owners in South Florida, the summer months mean re-positioning their boats to places like New England, where it’s a little cooler, and the yacht season is at its peak. Others, brave our fiery days and balmy nights, enjoying some unique summer yachting opportunities in the area. But either way, there are specific summer wear and tear issues to be aware of.
The waters in and around South Florida heat up in the summer months. That means an increased risk of Tropical Storms and Hurricanes, so you must make sure your hurricane preparedness plan for your motor yacht is ready to go.
The increased water temperature also brings with it increased marine growth. This increased marine growth can foul your motor yacht’s surfaces and operating systems in many ways. Marine growth typically impacts your running gear such as propellers, shafts, struts, trim tabs and thrusters – the very things you rely on for the optimum performance and fuel economy of your yacht. Now is the time to have these areas thoroughly inspected, and to be sure your antifouling paint is up to date. If it has been more than 12 months since your last application of antifouling paint, it is likely time to have it done again.
The summer heat also impacts batteries and battery life. Now is a good time to check and make sure all of your marine batteries are charged and charging properly.
In addition to the days getting hotter, they also are a lot longer, particularly in the south. This means you may be more inclined to take your motor yacht out for longer trips. You also may be entertaining more guests, who may have time off for summer vacations. So summer is a good time to make sure all of your safety equipment has been tested and is up to par. Check for defunct lifebuoy lights, lifejackets with spent inflation cylinders, or ones that are not fully screwed in place, and make sure all fire extinguishers are charged and fully operational. In addition, flares, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs), and the contents of first aid kits need to be checked and replaced as necessary.
In summer, like any other time proactivity is the key to making sure your yacht is well-maintained and operating safely. With a proactive approach to summer maintenance of your hull and systems, summer cruising will be more fun and hassle free. If you want to enjoy hassle-free yacht ownership in summer and all year long consider signing up for our On Demand yachting solution.
With On Demand Yachting you can be sure that your yacht is ready to go and protected from the elements in winter, spring, summer, or fall!
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.