Irrespective of the nature of the industry being served, it has always been a challenge to obtain required parts and components for a given tool, machinery, apparatus or mobile unit or transport vehicle. Even if required deliveries were ‘only required’ to cross state lines, and no further, the deliveries were not always as desired in terms of keeping to tight timeframes and high levels of quality. If new parts could not be precisely fabricated, source suppliers, in turn, had to look elsewhere for the appropriate parts and components, and often overseas. Speaking of which, and ask any commercial or private mariner about this, it has never been easy for them to find their required replacement marine parts and components, as well as the qualified repair and installation skillset.
Imagine having the luxury of traveling to different ports of the continent, never mind around the world. This imaginary trip or expedition will be planned for a period of weeks. Perhaps months would be stretching it, not just due to the logistics and likely challenges to do with finding replacement marine parts and components, but due to the costs of running such an expedition. Hence the analogy that long-distance yachting would be something of a luxury to most marine enthusiasts. But the requirement to have replacement marine parts and components delivered on time, and appropriately installed, becomes more urgent for the professional boat handler.
Because the marine craft is his main tool of trade, the marine boat owner cannot afford to be (very) long without his replacement parts. World-wide, it is particularly challenging for small to medium sized fishing companies and their agents. And it has been the case in the past that they have had to endure months of being grounded, so much so that the business just had to fold.