All vessels are inspected and approved by the MCA and we adopt strict audited maintenance regimes. Our engines are the least polluting and comply with the strictest EPA 2014 standards.
As builders we put our vessels through some remarkable tests including dropping from a height, capsize etc. No matter how good a boat it still needs a lot of care and attention. We adopt a stringent ethos of preventative maintenance and there are strict daily and weekly checks that are logged and communicated back to our office. We spare no money on maintenance or repairs.
We have a dedicated workshop with full time engineers and with a fleet of vessels we can rotate them to bring them in for maintenance.
The skippers tend to have their “own” boat that they prefer and look after. And the driving reason for all of this – is not only your safety and care but if we do not sail we do not earn! So do we ever break down – yes occasionally. Despite new systems, latest technology and thorough maintenance it can still go wrong.
The norm is some silly alarm on a system even if there is no fault – just like on a car, but we still have to engage a stop and inspection. We can get a tube puncture alongside the slip and that may mean the boat coming to the workshop for repair. On the engines we get the occasional sensor (though we do have full computerised engine diagnostics on board) and maybe a gearbox damage. On average a couple of times a year we get a breakdown and in most cases it is fixed at sea. In any event we have two engines so we can always get you home (we would never set to sea on just one) or we can send another of our boats and transfer you.
And if in any doubt we will ask the lifeboat to standby (most of our skippers are lifeboat crew as well!).