How much time should I allocate each year for yard work? I’m not a Captain, so I can think of only two reasons why to take a yacht into the yard, and those are: 1. Major repair work that cannot be done while afloat, or while cruising. Obviously, these must be done ASAP, and can't really be scheduled in advance. 2. Refits and upgrades. Of course, this could be scheduled well ahead of time. If I had my choice, I would make a 3 years itinerary with no scheduled yard time, but I'm not sure how practical that really is. Besides, I would rather plan for the inevitable now rather than having an inconvenient surprised later. Is it safe to assume that all the maintenance can be done with the hull in the water, and while in visiting ports/harbors during our schedules visits? With proper maintenance could I go several years before I would need to schedule extended yard time— where me and most the crew would just go home for the duration? Should I be planning on scheduling annual yard time for maintenance, or other "scheduled" work, like hull painting, etc? What other annual maintenance needs to be done while sitting idle in a yard? After all, how often does a hull need to be repainted and your ice makers replaced?