Custom-made operation manuals, safety placards, and maintenance logbooks for yachts and other vessels.
- Proper operation and maintenance go a long way towards improving vessel reliability and reducing costs.
- Thorough and user-friendly instructions provide smooth running during crew changes.
Operation Manual: A custom-made, illustrated manual for use by crew and owners, listing all vessel particulars and describing the operation of all systems, with step-by-step instructions where needed. The equivalent of having the last captain and engineer show you around the boat for a week.
Technical Manual: In addition to the Operation Manual above, this more complete manual also includes detailed system descriptions which help the crew and outside professionals trouble shoot, repair and maintain equipment. In particular, "as built" 3D layout drawings show the exact location of plumbing and components, even in hidden areas.
Supplied in an easy to update multi-ring binder and an interactive PDF file that can be integrated with ship management software. Separate, 3-dimensional CAD files can be viewed, rotated, and zoomed.
The binder finish can be ultrasuede, embroidered, aluminum, leather, or translucent.
Diagrams, 3D illustrations, photos, and text clearly show how systems work. The PDF version with bookmarks and links to external documents allows for quick access to information. (Sample illustrations)
- Covers areas that do not have any original documentation (e.g. operational procedures, fueling, bilge pumping, plumbing, electrical wiring, fire and safety equipment).
- Presents existing blueprint information in a clear convenient format.
- Assembles specifications in one central place (serial numbers, parts, and maintenance schedules).
- Supplements OEM documentation with vessel specific details (location of valves, breakers, transducers, antennas, etc.)
- Shows all system layouts "as built".
- Includes step-by-step instructions where required.
3D seastrainer illustration:
The yacht manual typically covers the following areas:
- Main engine (specifications, controls, exhausts, shafts, bearings, propellers
- Generator and shore power
- Plumbing (water, fuel, gray and black water, bilge pumping)
- Safety and fire fighting equipment (location, quantity, usage, drills)
- Electrical (wiring and flow diagrams, galvanic protection)
- Electronics (antennas, NMEA interconnects, networks)
- Heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, and ventilation
- Tank location and capacities, stability
- Steering, hydraulics, windlass, chain
- Davits, tenders, and outboards
- Rigging and sails
- Maintenance schedules
- Musters and drills
- List of spares (part numbers, inventory and suppliers)
- Location of special tools, supplies, etc.
- Photo mosaics of overheads and bilges
- Docking plan
On a large yacht with high
crew turnover, new engineers can quickly learn all the systems and
are less likely to fall behind with normal maintenance. Also, other
crew are able to take over more easily if necessary.
Yacht manuals can be tailored to the professional engineer or owner/captain. It will be most inclusive if started during construction or refit while everything is exposed, with the added benefit of quality control.