It remains one of the biggest challenges even for the weekend fishermen who only have one life sized craft to power across their favorite lake or river. It remains a specialist industry, but even when there is a nearby port to harbor or dock the small craft, and usually there is, it is not always possible to source necessary replacement marine parts at a moment’s notice. This is not the fault of your usual boat handler.
He is equipped quite well to carry out repairs that not even you will be capable of at times. But the older your craft is, the more challenging it becomes to find spare parts that fit the boat’s ageing motor and that will work well. Interestingly, this challenge of sourcing proper parts for boats of all sizes, makes and purposes is slowly but surely ebbing away if you will. It is ebbing away more certainly for the larger crafts, and especially the biggest of them all because the source suppliers for all necessary second hand and recalibrated parts as well as brand new and not yet unpackaged parts can be found in some of the world’s largest ports where many of these crafts tend to dock.
But even so, no marine craft, and usually for very good logistical or professional reasons, needs to dock at such places to collect their necessary parts. Funny thing this. Here is a rather coincidental turn of phrase. By now most internet readers are familiar with the verb ‘shipping’. Shipping is being used on a wide but rather proactive scale to, yes; you got that right, ship necessary shipping parts and materials for ships, large and small to all shipping ports around the world.