ARE YOU REFIT YARD READY?
After a busy season it is time to start thinking about some yard time. But have you prepared your checklist? In short, get it right before you arrive, and the refit will have a much better chance of producing a successful outcome. ONBOARD takes a look at some of your top choices around the globe.
There are a myriad of things to think about before entering the shipyard for your repairs or refit, below we take a quick look at some of top priorities.
There is little point in preparing a refit wish list as long as your arm, if the pocket to pay for it is limited. So in preparing any scope of work document it is important to put the necessary times for Class and so forth before that endless‘wish list’. Remember to keep funds in reserve, you know from experience, things will be uncovered that were not foreseen. Work with a yard that has a good reputation for cost control and one that understands the concept of time is money.
Don’t just choose a yard because the location is ‘nice’ or it’s near home or the crew fancy a few months near a ‘vibrant city’. Refits are hard work and down time is as rare during refit as it is during charter. It would be better to schedule in crew R&R as a reward for a successful refit rather than compromise the job.
REPUTATION AND REFERRALS
Check out the yard’s facilities long before committing the yacht to refit. Talk to other captains and engineers who have been to the yard and ask for referrals and references. Think hard about effective communication, this is often the foundation of successful projects. Good communication can unite crew and shipyard staff in striving for project objectives and budget.
WORK FLOW AND PREPARATION
Prepare a well thought out programme of events that need to take place during the period the yacht is in the shipyard. A refit workflow sheet should define the sequence of activities, responsibilities and data that must be exchanged or completed to move forward in a proactive and productive manner.
Yard time is probably not the most exciting nor it is very glamorous. But remember, the refit period is what makes the yacht’s reputation possible. Begin with a positive attitude, remember that it is a means to an end and it will end at some point!