No matter how new and expensive a superyacht may be, it is still very likely that it will require some kind of emergency refit or repair.
Crew play an extremely important part in yacht or superyacht refits; Their roles and activities are discussed within this article.
As a crew member you may be required to play a part in the refit process, live on board during the refit or stay in villa whilst it is taking place, either way many preparations and plans will need to be made.
It is all too common for additional problems/issues to arise, which can delay the completion date or push the budget over the agreed cost, so every crew member on board should write a list of the important areas, in their opinion, that need to be repaired or worked on. These lists should then be compared to one another and then compared with that of the captain. Crew should also create a “wish list”, with maintenance issues taking precedence and should include tasks that may be required in the future.
A list should also be created which highlights any extra works or features that the crew feel would benefit the vessel.
However, even with this perfect preparation, issues can still arise during the repair process and it is key to make sure everyone is clear on how to proceed should extra costs/time be required.
Preparation on board the yacht is very important and having crew who fully understand their role during a refit or repair can be the difference between a successful and failed project. Crew should organise all items as much as possible, sorting them into the correct place, possibly putting items in storage and finding safe areas for fragile items. Creating inventories would certainly help keen stock lists up to date and ensure the repair work can start as soon as possible and on time.
Items should be cleaned to the best possible standards in preparation for the upcoming works. Project management and other support companies can be used to ensure that this part of the process goes smoothly. Support is particularly helpful on the larger projects and although it can incur a cost, it may well save money in the long run. All crew should be briefed on what their responsibilities are during the refit.
Clear communication between the yard staff and the captain/project manager is vital in order to make sure everything is working well throughout and any problems are fixed efficiently and effectively. It’s a good idea to have daily meetings to ensure everyone is aware of the progress and developments made.
Even with all this care it is still common for damages to occur during servicing and repairs. To make sure nothing is damaged during the repair process, it would be beneficial to consider the following points.
Anyone coming aboard should wear the appropriate protectors on their feet to avoid any stains or damage to interior flooring. You don’t want to add re-carpeting or re-tiling to the already extensive list of works.
Any objects or items carried on board that have sharp edges should be covered to avoid the common pitfall of a dent or scratch in the interior somewhere.
A refit is the perfect opportunity for crew to undertake in one of a number of activities.
When the yacht is in for a refit, it is a perfect time to let crew have time off to recover from the long working hours. Depending on the individual project, the captain may let all crew have a holiday for a certain period of time, or may grant holiday on a rotational basis.
If the refit is a lengthy one, it can serve as a fantastic opportunity to further develop the staff skills through training, courses, and gaining extra qualifications.
If the crew will be staying in the local area, utilise the shipyard to provide information of what is available in the local area. This could include accommodation, entertainment, facilities.
If the crew are staying on board the yacht it would be beneficial to confirm what amenities they have on site. Many will have shops, places to eat, gyms, pools and other items/amenities. Some yards will also hold social events for both the yard workers and the crew – it can be a chance for crew to network and make friends.
The crew will also require good transport links, especially if they have a long time off. This will allow them to explore the local area and take time away from the yacht or hotel/villa. Shipyards may even be able to provide rental cars or suggest a local rental car company.
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