Fix it now & avoid inconvenient situations
I think especially now I'm seeing that trend more often as I think some of the mentality shown by the owners is that they don't want to pay for the big stuff (ours just refused to pay for one of the periodic maintenance checks on the gens) because they are hoping to sell the boat. While we are hardly allowed to spend anything right now (despite still running a busy charter schedule), I am allowed to order more uniform because that is what is more immediately noticeable to owners and guests alike and our current couture is quite manky looking. However, even new towels and sheets are getting ixnayed (after 3 years with the same ones I don't think it's too much to ask for).I think many of the crucial maitenance and update/upgrade issues will continue to be ignored by boat owners who are hoping to save themselves $$$ in case the boat sells tomorrow. Maybe the post-FLIBS shakedown will help loosen the purse strings a little when owners realize their boat isn't going to sell anytime soon and some of the pressing issues need to be addressed, 'fluffy' items or not.
At least the crew will look good whilst in the dark !! The other part that most owners do not realize is that everytime they pass over a maintenance schedule, it will be one more thing added to the surveyors report that will reduce the new buyers price !! But hey, at least the sheets, towels & uniforms are all in good condition for the new owner to change the name of & throw out !!