Keeping a yacht in ship-shape condition takes plenty of time and energy, but the reward for doing so can be generous (and thankfully, yacht management companies exist to take the burden off your hands). A yacht in good condition will fetch a higher resale value than one that has been neglected. Also, keep in mind that a yacht has to be maintained in a seaworthy condition in order to be insured. The yacht insurance premium will vary based on many rating factors, including the limit of coverage.
One of the easiest ways to ensure your yacht is being properly cleaned is by streamlining the process. Consider scheduling preventive maintenance on an ongoing basis. If you do opt for this strategy, make sure that schedules are in line with any manufacturer recommendations. Remember: it’s easier to do regular upkeep than to play catch-up when structural items start failing.
Does your vessel require a special varnish or wax? Due to frequency of use, will it require interior cleaning? From wash downs to metal polishing to systems checks, ensure that the components of the yacht are kept in high working order and appearance. Remember the corrosive nature of seawater – and now imagine leaving detailing up to chance. It’s not a great idea.
Underwater Hull Cleaning
How is the anti-fouling paint job on your yacht? This will likely determine how often you should opt for this service. During an underwater hull cleaning, everything below the waterline is thoroughly scrubbed. If needed, zincs are installed.
This is optional, but it can make resale much easier. Let’s say you’ve done a great job with your yacht care and maintenance, and it’s time for an upgrade. When you decide to sell your vessel, having boat management records available could be a benefit for resale. Some yacht maintenance companies will actually keep track of your vessel maintenance history. Simply request it, and voila! The proof is there that the yacht has been regularly cared for.
Thankfully, the yacht management companies that undertake all these maintenance items can be extremely thorough. Need hurricane proofing for your yacht? -Ready to head out on a long fishing trip? -Taking a pleasure cruise? A good yacht management organization will have that vessel ready to go.
Of course, one of the most obvious ways to maintain your investment is to secure correct yacht insurance coverage. Contact your WWW marine insurance advisor today for more information.