Predictive Yacht Maintenance

You know the old adage – “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” What is true for your personal well-being, is even truer for the health and longevity of your motor yacht.

However, since a modern luxury motor yacht is such a complex machine, with systems that rival those of jet aircraft, many forward thinking marine engineers are taking typical “preventive maintenance” to a new level, with a concept known as “predictive maintenance.”

What is the Difference Between Preventive and Predictive Maintenance?

Any boat owner knows the value of preventive maintenance. The goal of preventive maintenance is to avoid a serious system break down, or extend the life of critical systems such as your engines, by following manufacturer guidelines for oil changes, filter changes, etc.

Predictive maintenance goes beyond suggested routine preventive measures, by taking an even more proactive approach to schedule “corrective maintenance” on HVAC, fuel, engines, and other major systems, to avoid down time and more costly repairs, if a critical part malfunctions.

The whole idea of predictive maintenance is to monitor critical systems for age and wear, and eliminate unplanned failures, by proactively assessing the signs of potential problems, while the equipment is still functioning normally.

An example of predictive maintenance would be to replace an aging water pump before an extended voyage, even if it is functioning properly to avoid a failure at sea, or in an inconvenient port.

Predictive maintenance is sometimes also referred to as “condition maintenance,” since it is designed to monitor the condition of critical parts and equipment for early signs of potential failure.

What are the advantages of Predictive Maintenance?

Think of predictive maintenance for your motor yacht like you would cancer screenings, or other health tests. The basic idea is that the earlier you detect a problem, the less likely it will grow into a major issue, and in the case of your motor yacht, a more costly repair.

Predictive Maintenance on a Windlass Prevents Later Breakdown

Predictive Maintenance on a Windlass Prevents Later Breakdown

Of course, no maintenance plan is infallible, and marine engineers can never completely eliminate the possibility of all unplanned accidents or equipment failures. However, adding a predictive maintenance approach, can largely prevent them from happening by having a way in place to analyze and predict the future performance of a critical part or system.

“Condition,” or predictive based maintenance also makes better use of the members of your yacht crew who are tasked with maintaining your vessel.

Preventive Medicine is Key

As always, “preventive medicine,” is the key to saving you money on costly repairs, and minimizing your boat’s depreciation. It is critically important that your yacht is inspected regularly for signs of wear and tear, before little problems become big ones.

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, preventive maintenance, as well as predictive maintenance whenever possible.

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!

Yacht engine repair


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.