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VesselVanguard Plans, Tracks Your Boat Maintenance

VesselVanguard, the brainchild of CEO Donald Hyde, is a web-based service that organizes, tracks and alerts you to your boat’s maintenance requirements.  If your experience was like mine, the first time you bought a new boat, or a used one with lots of documentation, you found yourself with one or more huge, looseleaf binders and hundreds if not thousands of pages of manuals, specifications and warranties.  Maybe they were all there, but I never really knew.

With VesselVanguard, once you go through a basic set-up process, you can access your custom profile via any web-enabled device and see at a glance the maintenance status of all your equipment, both OEM and aftermarket-supplied.  You track your boat usage in the digital log.  Here’s the description of the set-up process from VesselVanguard:

“VesselVanguard alleviates the work and worry in owning a boat by providing you with a Dashboard view of the maintenance status of listed equipment and on-board systems. Based on days or hours-of-use, Task Alert emails are automatically sent to you, and parties you determine, in advance of required maintenance as recommended by the boat maker and equipment manufacturers. Never again leave the dock without knowing the exact status of your boat.”

The system will send you (or anyone else you want) an alert when a system or device is approaching a service interval.  You can see all of these at a glance when you log in.  There are many ways in which you can customize your experience, including by specifying that maintenance alerts go directly to your mechanic or yard.

VesselVanguard User Landing Page Screen Capture

This is what your screen might look like when you log onto your account at VesselVanguard — Click on to enlarge

The best thing about this service, IMO, is that they have done all the work for you in terms of collecting all the manuals and service recommendations for your boat — they have a huge database of painstakingly collected OEM references.  You don’t have to worry about tracking down this manual or that spec sheet; it’s done already in all likelihood.  If your boat has some customized gear that was added after it was purchased from the manufacturer, you just tell VesselVanguard about it; they’ll probably already have the manuals and recommendations for it anyway.  Check out this brief into video from the company:

How expensive is this service?  Well, it’s not free, but frankly, it’s probably less than a tank of gas for a typical mid-size cruising powerboat.   Again, here’s VesselVanguard with the price explanation:

“Initial Set-up* is $579.00 and recurring Annual Membership is $179.00. If you are an existing member of BoatUS or MarinaLife you are eligible for a member-benefit discount. *The Set-up fee may be offset with insurance premium discounts from participating insurers.”

Falvey and Brown and Brown are two insurance companies offering discounts for boaters using VesselVanguard.

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Posted by Tom in Boat Systems, Maintenance & DIY, Technology

SeaKits Delivers 100th Yacht with MMS Onboard

SeaKits LogoSeaKits said this week it recently delivered the 100th yacht with its unique Marine Maintenance System (MMS) onboard. The 100th vessel was Marytime, a new Nordhavn 60 being commissioned for owner Victor Murray. SeaKits also provided Marytime with complete spare parts outfitting, including stocking the boat with all service parts to support planned maintenance as well as common repair parts — all carried aboard in special water resistant kits.

Since we first wrote about SeaKits here on OceanLines, President and founder Barry Kallander has expanded the program by convincing several leading builders to include MMS as standard equipment on their new yachts.  Currently, Fleming, Kadey-Krogen, Outer Reef, Sea Spirit, and Selene Annapolis Yachts provide MMS as standard. SeaKits spare parts kits and MMS discounts are also available on yachts sold by Curtis Stokes and Associates.

Nordhavn 60 Marytime has the SeaKits MMS System Aboard

Nordhavn 60 Marytime has the SeaKits MMS System Aboard

Marytime’s owner Victor Murray said this about his experience in outfitting with SeaKits,

“MMS is a critical component to operating my yacht with confidence. No matter where I am on the water I always know what parts I have on board, when my equipment was last serviced, and when regular maintenance intervals are due. I appreciate being able to log all information and data in a central location and SeaKits training and support allows me to easily navigate MMS and use the system to enhance my boat ownership and cruising experience.”

Says Kallander, “Delivering MMS to our 100th yacht was a significant milestone for the company that we are quite proud of. We have great partners in the yachting industry and the product features we will introduce this year will benefit an even wider range of customers.”

SeaKits actually offers the MMS program in two flavors — MMS/Complete and MMS/Lite.  Since the December delivery to Marytime, Seakits has already outfitted another 10 vessels with MMS/Complete. Here’s how Kallander describes the difference between the two programs:

“MMS/Complete is a comprehensive maintenance management system fully populated with all of the maintenance and spare parts requirements as well as electronic documentation specific to the customer’s yacht. This is a major milestone for the company and one we are quite proud. Approximately 70% of our MMS customers purchase the vast majority of their spare parts from SeaKits as well, taking advantage of our unique parts kitting approach and global logistics. Customers can count on us shipping their parts to wherever they may be cruising – worldwide. We have another 93 vessels registered to use our MMS/Lite program which is the same software available in MMS/Complete minus the content. So overall, we have over 200 registered users.”

Kallander said SeaKits will be exhibiting at all of PassageMaker’s Trawler Fest shows throughout the year. MMS and all of SeaKits products and services can be seen at Trawler Fest and other major shows.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Maintenance & DIY, Passagemaking News, People, seamanship, Technology