Captain Guy Booth of motoryacht Aurelia also implements a stringent tender maintenance schedule on board, with a focus on the right products for the job at hand. “Salt, sun, UV light, sitting in warm, salty and corrosive seawater and user abuse leave their mark,” he notes. “Use the right products on the right surfaces, give the highest possible attention to detail when cleaning any surface – just like the interior of the yacht – and have respect for the environment. This should be done every time the tender is used or goes anywhere. In between uses, if personnel and time allow, ideally the tender should get at least the once-over before it’s needed again.”
"Any good manufacturer of superyacht tenders will be only too happy to help determine the appropriate repairs and, if necessary, put you in touch with someone nearby who will do a good job."
Important to remember is that tenders are not solely aesthetic and the engine should be at the top of the list. “Tender maintenance is largely common sense but when overlooked or postponed may result in breakdown and poor running,” says Paul Edmonds, operations manager at Wahoo Ribs. “Keep it clean, dry and salt free – inside and out, components and all. Daily, weekly and monthly checks on engine and auxiliary systems are vital. If you don’t have a maintenance schedule, write one with the assistance of the engineers and manufacturers.”
This is where a maintenance schedule comes into play, suggests Philip Allen, manager of superyacht tenders at McMullen & Wing, although he adds that if the original installation of engine equipment is up to scratch there should be little maintenance needed, but rather checks to ensure all components are working as expected. “Engines and drives should, of course, be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions. Regularly check all fluid levels such as engine oil, coolant, power-steering oil, drive-trim oil and any other operating devices relying on fluid for their operation,” Allen advises. “Electrical components and wiring should be visually inspected regularly, but good quality original installation should mean that maintenance is not required. Exposed connections should be checked and treated with suitable electrical lubricant. Batteries should be examined and, in particular, if lead-acid type, the acid level checked regularly. Electronic equipment also does not normally require regular checking other than the visual inspection of connectors and wiring for chafe or loose connectors or cable ties.
“If there’s damage, of any sort, always seek the advice of professionals. Any good manufacturer of superyacht tenders will be only too happy to help determine the appropriate repairs and, if necessary, put you in touch with someone nearby who will do a good job. Temporary repairs by the crew are necessary when you’re away from civilisation, but always get a good boat builder along when you can to check it all out and make sure of a lasting job.”
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