Most vessel owners religiously complete regularly scheduled maintenance and daily inspections such as checking oil and coolant levels. However, many overlook the quarterly, semi-annual, and annual inspections that are recommended by equipment manufacturers to ensure safe and reliable operation. Commonly over-looked inspections include: electrical distribution system and shore power cables for loose connections, corrosion, and overloading; mechanical shift and throttle linkage for corrosion and wear; steering components for chafe and leaks; bilge pumps, wiring, and hoses for failures and/ or leaks; and loose engine mounts.
While some of these recommended inspections may include de-energizing equipment or unscrewing access panels, many can be completed by a thorough walk-through of your vessel. When we are putting together a maintenance program, we complete a walkdown for some vessels which includes gathering the manufacturer make and model number for all on-board equipment. This takes about five hours and requires us to put our hands on every vessel component. While we are not completing an actual inspection, it is seldom that we do not find a failure or potential failure on a vessel that the owner did not know about such as a chafed steering hose, faulty linkage, inoperable suppression systems, or loose or corroded electrical components.
Inspection recommendations are included in MMS for those that subscribe to our service. If you are unclear about what inspections may be required on your vessel check MMS and consult your owner’s manuals for any installed equipment. Look back in your maintenance records to see what failures you could have avoided through proper inspections. If you do not currently use MMS, contact us for a detailed demonstration and we can show you the maintenance and inspection requirements for a vessel similar to yours.