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Old 01-29-2023, 08:27 PM   #1
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Yacht Maintenance App or Software?

I am researching apps and software to track maintenance, parts, checklists, etc, on our Grand Banks 42 Classic. At the upper end, I see tailored solutions like Vessel Vanguard and SeaHub - overkill for a forty year-old medium sized trawler. I'd like a user-friendly, cost-effective app that I can set-up and use on an IPad or IPhone. Any ideas or recommendations? Thank you!
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Old 01-29-2023, 08:39 PM   #2
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I have been using Boating Suite for rudimentary maintenance tracking. I am not using most of its capabilities but it works for me and I think it was free or very cheap.
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Old 01-29-2023, 09:10 PM   #3
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I use an Excel spreadsheet stored in the cloud so I can access anywhere.

For me, biggest ledger item is tracking spares, odd tools, and supplies, not routine maintenance. I have plastic bins that are labeled and numbered. On the spreadsheet, contents of each bin is listed in detail. This way when I'm looking for a part, I can do a quick word search and easily determine which bin its located. Also easy to keep a tick-tock timeline of hours, fuel, etc.

Not sure what else I need. Maybe I'm missing something.

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I use a GoogleSheet, basically Google's version of Excel in the cloud. Easy to edit and view from mynphone and computer and also easy to share so others can commiserate with me.
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I use ShipShape allows me to upload invoices, receipts and run reports.
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I guess ai can add that I keep the GoogleSheet within a GoogleDrive into which I upload all receipts and manuals, organized by boat system.
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I guess ai can add that I keep the GoogleSheet within a GoogleDrive into which I upload all receipts and manuals, organized by boat system.
Good reminder. I've been slowly collecting PDF versions of manuals to store in the cloud - I have a folder for nothing but documentation including a shop manual for my Perkins 4.236. Much as I like thumbing through a paper manual, having them digitized is a God send on a small boat.

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App (Application) and Software are the same thing.
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Old 01-30-2023, 09:42 AM   #9
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App (Application) and Software are the same thing.
Maybe. My thinking is in the vernacular, App these days means something that runs independently on a smartphone. Software is the code behind it. "App" seems to have become its own term given Apples consumer interface is "App Store."

Maybe a difference without a distinction, but that's how I interpreted the OPs question - is there a distinct application designed to track vessel maintenance.
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I had several owners that subscribed to Wheelhouse Technology. The owners were pleased and I was impressed with the program. Wheelhouse Technology sold and I think this is the parent company: https://vesselvanguard.com
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Most maintenance logs are more important to future owners of your boat. I think they would prefer paper copies.

I occasionally look at the history of my boat, like wen did I change hoses. But not often.

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Most maintenance logs are more important to future owners of your boat. I think they would prefer paper copies.

I occasionally look at the history of my boat, like wen did I change hoses. But not often.

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The app I referenced above lets me export the info easily and I can print it from Excel.
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As an FYI, the link I sent you isn't just for record keeping or necessarily for the next owner. It logs your maintenance and sends you a text when you have have upcoming maintenance checks, tracks your spare parts inventory, etc.
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