This article deals with the problems of design improvement and the process of production preparation for recreational watercrafts. An original expert system was created to facilitate the design of mechanical equipment systems and to support the production of pleasure boats. This expert system contains information about issues related to the selection of appropriate mechanical equipment used in modern yachts. An expert system is a computer program, which contains information about a specific and usually narrow field of expertise. With the help of this kind of program, it is possible to solve problems on the same level as a human expert. Like most expert systems, this program is built in such a way that the knowledge base is separated from the rest of the system. It contains two main modules: the knowledge base and the inference mechanism. This system provides conclusions in a descriptive form and in the form of numbers, and presents explanations, diagrams, drawings, photos and videos. What is unique about this expert system is that a user with specialist knowledge in the field of yacht engineering can easily modify the knowledge base. With the development of technology, it is easy to feed new information into the system. This system can become a major tool in design offices and plants producing yachts, because it can be easily expanded and adapted to individual needs.
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