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Old 05-06-2015, 08:49 PM   #21
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...and that other thing....the Apple thing....

C'mom tell us how you really feel! (Longtime Apple User here)
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:53 PM   #22
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Something like Google docs addresses the synch issue as well as the archiving.

However, I personally found it a lot easier to enter everything with pen and hand into the maintenance log section of the log books we used, which were those put out by Evergreen Pacific. I then color coded via highlighter the various systems and those things on a regular PM schedule. Very easy and robust solution, daylight viewable.

Our Hatt is a complex boat with a slew of things to keep track of. I logged everything, and I mean everything, down to when I changed the pads under the engines, annotated. And all PM items also got a label attached to them as to when they were serviced last, date and if relevant engine hours. This all was extremely helpful to me, the techs I used when needed, and very impressive to buyers.
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:05 PM   #23
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C'mom tell us how you really feel! (Longtime Apple User here)
I just feel an obligation to tease iApple users. Had I been a lifetime user I probably still would be.
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:07 PM   #24
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I just feel an obligation to tease iApple users. Had I been a lifetime user I probably still would be.

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Old 05-07-2015, 01:02 AM   #25
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Me and windows had a come to Jesus meeting a few years back. Switched to IOS and never looked back. All I can say is, it works! ( Apple, thanks for setting up the Genius Bar, if only they served cocktails while waiting.)
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Old 05-07-2015, 07:23 AM   #26
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I do as others: an Excel file, with 10-12 internal worksheets (so far) for major categories. Mains, genset, plumbing, electronics (usualluy about charts or software updates), electrics, dinghy (outboard), fuel, pump-outs, misc., etc.

One of those worksheets presents a schedule of regular periodic maintenance points. Another holds notes on specific projects (which tools, best method, etc.)

Available for review on several of our computers/tablets, and periodically backed up on a couple different hard drives.

I tend to not care about being able to make tablet entries while in the engine room, or in the middle of a project. I prefer to relax at the "desk" (dinette) with laptop (real keyboard) and beverage afterward, to create log entries while I ruminate on what I just did....

Our maintenance log is separate from our Evergreen (paper) operation log. That one lives on the bridge and is a pen-and-ink hardcopy, updated as events occur.

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Me and windows had a come to Jesus meeting a few years back. Switched to IOS and never looked back. All I can say is, it works! ( Apple, thanks for setting up the Genius Bar, if only they served cocktails while waiting.)
If it works, why do you need the Genius Bar?
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Old 05-07-2015, 11:16 AM   #28
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Here's the one I've used since I bought the boat in 2008:
The Evergreen Pacific Log Book
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Here's the one I've used since I bought the boat in 2008:
The Evergreen Pacific Log Book
Note that same vendor has many log books and even log software such as the Ship's Log V4.

Ship's Log V4 Nautical Software Deluxe Ed.

It looks impressive except has the same limitation as the one I mentioned earlier in that it's Windows only.
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If it works, why do you need the Genius Bar?
To convert all the windows crap to a stable platform, IOS. Even showed me a software program to use the office stuff.

I can see this could very easily turn into another Anchor type thread, so I'll stop the thread drift, my apologies to the OP.
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Here's the one I've used since I bought the boat in 2008:
The Evergreen Pacific Log Book
Yep, that's the same one I referred to that we use. Those were not big enough to hold all our running logs, so we ended up having a few different style logs for that as well both because of gifts or not finding the Evergreen wherever we were at the time. But we kept all the maintenance and fuel logs in the Evergreens, which didn't mind being in the ER or utility/generator room at all.
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