Originally Posted by SunDevil
And is it possible to reduce the likelihood of having problems by swapping out certain parts
. If you were designing a boat, what would you put in it or change from what was done on your boat?
I think any current
major production cats, or monos for that matter, are plenty "reliable" in general. All boats have maintenance
issues of course...its just the nature of boats. Ive captained most the brands mentioned and seen how they hold up in charter use so have a pretty good reference. Based upon that experience, If I were to design my ideal boat, which Ive been doing in my head
for a few years now, some maintenance related items I would change:
In general, I would go as "home depot" as feasible, so that repairs
could be effected as much as possible with locally/regionally available parts
No sail drives. Expensive, proprietary parts; tools; and skills required to repair. Basic shaft installation
which can be repaired/replaced anywhere w basic machine shop serices.
Skeg hung rudders and protected prop. Ever hit a fishing
net in a typical modern cat? It aint pretty...exposed sail drives/props and spade rudders just love fishing
nets...and this creates not only an immediate hassle, but also maint issues like scored prop shafts and damaged seals
. I like Wharrams idea of lifting prop shafts...eliminates thru hull
, reduces drag, and you cant foul a prop that aint in the water
No wood ANYWHERE. Inside or out. Just a maintenance issue waiting to happen. A pair of sister ship Voyages I run sometimes are like this...not a scrap of wood .
No foam backed headliner
material. Time release problem waiting to happen.
No Windows. Proper hatches only, windows are a continuos maintenance issues, good hatches (not Lewmar) can be serviced easier and opened for ventilation.
Tank access. All tanks
should be easy to access and remove. My W35 is like this, I can remove any tank on the boat relatively easily to repair, replace, clean.
Easy maintenance access. If something is hard to get to then it wont get properly maintained. Batteries are one of the most common examples of this, but also applies to engines, steering gear
. PVC tubing and hardware
store fixtures...none of this overpriced and unreliable, and often plastic, "marine" crap.
"Marine" Diesels are one of the biggest rip offs afloat. Marinize a widley used truck motor
and get inexpesive parts and skills world wide.
.....and much more...