When I read in your OP about a weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, annual schedule it quickly reminded me of the system that we used in the US Navy
before I retired years ago. It was called the 3M System (Maintenance, Material, Management).
I build and repair boats and yachts in Egypt
. Current project
is restoration/modernization of a somewhat historic 93-foot motor
yacht built in Germany
in 1936/7. 2 Generators, 3 proplusion engines, lots of modern electronics
and monitoring systems, watermaker
, Air Con system, self-contained roll-stabization unit, etc.
Part of my job (Trained as a marine
electrician, but today was a plumber and welder) has become to develop a maintenance schedule for all of the equipment
onboard. My approach has been to start with an inventory of the boat, categorize it (Propulsion, Electrical
, etc) and then hit the manufacturer's tech manuals
for their recommended maintenance. I then write a maintenance procedure tailored to our vessel (where the seacocks are, which circuit breaker to de-energize, specialty tools required).
I build a "Website" in .html for use on my computer only with menus and links to the maintenance procedures which open in PDF. (I also include electrical
schematics, piping and mechnical drawings, as well as links to techincal manuals
which are usually available for download online.) The "Website" saves me from having to search through numerous folders and I can put it on a flash drive and can seamlessly move the information between computers
. Updating doesn't take much more time than updating an Excel spreadsheet.
Knowing this does not cover all of the maintenance on a boat, you will also have to research sails
, running rigging
systems maintenance, hull
maintenance, and much more. As well as plan for those unforeseen breakdowns....and THEY WILL happen. There is always something that needs doing on a boat.
With all of that being said, it's nice to have all of the information, but someone has to actually do the maintenance! So, schedule it, do it, learn some new skills, record
it in a log of some type, plan for the unexpected breakdown and go have fun!
If you run out of maintenance items to keep you excited, I'm sure that there are enough folks here that need maintenance help and would be more than willing to keep you "excited" on their boats!