Originally Posted by sunchaser
Or, you can build your own. Easy enough to do with Excel. This approach allows/forces the owner the satisfaction of getting to know his boat..........
Excel is a spreadsheet, not a database. While it's fine for listing parts or maintenance tasks, it can't really be set up as a "management system".
A true (relational) database could be set up to remind one of tasks to be performed and keep a history of when these tasks were performed. You could add the cost of items or services, suppliers, etc. MS Access is one program that will do this.
If you're not experienced with the software and concept of relational databases and don't want to learn, a commercial program is probably better for a single boat.