System Engineering Applied to Boating
After Boating for 50 years with all types of boats, old and new, mostly power boats, you end up with lots of experiences good and bad. You learn that if you leave anything up to chance eventually anything will happen. You have to design out the problems you can with redundancy, protection and quality. Then plan for the worst, when the worst happens you are prepared and the consequences will not that bad because you have a plan.
For almost 30 years I designed military systems at General Electric and Lockheed Martin. Most of those were US Navy projects. Radar, SONAR, automated ship systems, automated collision avoidance systems, ship’s bridge configuration. I worked on the the Navy’s most advanced ships created to reduce manpower by increasing automation.
One thing I know about Navy ships, they are designed to run and keep running under all but the worst wartime conditions. Every known potential issue is dealt with in the design and operating plan. There is little chance for a Navy ship to be stranded; except of course the occasional “Act of God”. That is beyond the scope of this book.
Extreme attention to built in reliability along with maintenance and repair planning are designed into those ships. Although designing in that much rigor is impractical for recreational boating, you can still go a long way toward that goal. There is a mind set that can be learned from the Navy. It can be used to keep any boat above water and continuing to operate under most stressful conditions. It requires analysis, configuration and planning.
That is what the book “The Reliable Boat” is about. As I state in the book, “You cannot buy a reliable boat.” Here’s what I mean. You are part of your boat. You have to create the circumstances that make your boat reliable. You have to analyze, configure, supply, plan and practice operating a boat before it is optimally reliable.
The book will help show you the way.