Among the mechanical systems we may review and critique together are primary gear and equipment, accessory and power options, batteries and charging systems, refrigeration options, bilge pump capacity, plumbing, and running gear. We’ll also guide you and your builder, encouraging gear installations that accommodate easy access for preventive and regular maintenance by you, and also making it easier and less costly for service by others. We’ll provide guidance that will ensure that safety and reliability are primary criteria for equipment and its installation.
Your manufacturer will have their own equipment list and installation practices, some of which will meet our requirements. However, in making those decisions marine manufacturers are driven by a set of generic assumptions about the cruising goals and system requirements of their buyers as well as by their existing vendor relationships. Fortunately, in response to an informed customer, the marine production process allows for customization, without necessarily or significantly increasing cost, of equipment and its installation practices. It is our goal to assist you in being that highly informed customer and to give you, as needed, the leverage of our expertise and reputation in the industry to insure your requirements are met.
As your consultant and advocate in the manufacturing process we work in partnership with the manufacturer, and always with the clarity that our only focus is on doing what is right for you. Wise builders always benefit from and take advantage of this partnership. Our involvement allows you to have more confidence and a stronger voice in working with the manufacturer.
Our relationship with vendors can be especially important when you decide to specify equipment different than, or in addition to, the manufacturer’s standard equipment list. In that case, you need to be able to talk directly to the vendor, rather than through the manufacturer.
As you are exploring alternative equipment options or installation issues, SDMC can afford you direct access to the appropriate person and participate with you on conference calls or in email exchanges. When we are part of the process, they pay more attention to your questions, are less likely to believe they can ignore your issues and they know we can evaluate the validity of their answers.
Our interaction in this project may be a combination of face-to-face and phone meetings as well as email contact. There also may be meetings, conference calls and email exchanges with the manufacturer or vendors, as well as an in-progress and post completion/commissioning inspection of the vessel.