If you are a crew or team member of an ocean-going yacht, you are participating in what is known as the sport of kings. Because owning a yacht is an extremely expensive enterprise that perhaps only the kings, leading industrialists and celebrity super-stars can afford. Now, that is the yacht of multiple sails. Then there is also the megaton yacht with many rooms, so huge it could pass for a luxury ocean liner. Nevertheless, while many men and women are today in a position to purchase their own (at least) secondhand yachts, there were (previously) still challenges to navigate if you will.
One of those challenges were the sourcing of much-needed replacement marine parts. Whether it was a high end luxury yacht or a sporty boat with sales, owners previously found that their immediate ports were not always forthcoming in providing them with immediate assistance in terms of sails, replacement marine parts and components and mechanical repair and maintenance work. It must be said that this remains a highly specialized industry. And the rule of the sea to always have a qualified, preferably experienced, and licensed marine engineer on board when out at sea. Today, yacht owners’ pilots no longer need to travel far and wide to fetch their much-needed parts.
Let the parts come to them, and let the games begin, assuming, of course you and your crew are participating in an Olympic or prestigious sporting event. Interestingly, regular container shipments are making its way all the way to the far, far East, assuming of course that you are a Westernized boat owner. But no matter because there is the ability to arrange for shipments to all or most ports across the world. And if you are US-based, then you have a branch much closer to home to call upon.