Motor yachts commonly fill up their shelf-space with a hefty load of machinery manufacturer’s documentation, parts catalogs, data sheets, and troubleshooting guides, 'just in case'. However, although not widely reported in the Press, there is an emerging trend that is catching on in boating circles. The Apple iPad, taking up less room than one slim paperback, is able to digest every last bit of all the information contained in these technical publications as .pdf files, and it can also access ‘cloud-based’ servers via Wi-fi or 3G networks where the mass of detail is kept in one safe place. Participating owners also gain entry to a host of other useful services.
Diesel engines in motor yachts and as auxiliary engines in sailing yachts have become remarkably robust and trouble-free, an absolute truism – just as long as they’re serviced regularly. These days, cruising sources say the skipper’s attention is more often claimed by all ... [More]