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

Marinalife Expands Discount Program for Boaters

Marinalife Website Screenshot

Marinalife Website Screenshot

Marinalife announced an expansion of their card-holder Discount Program.  The expansion brings access to thousands of discounts, along with a streamlined way to search for them by keyword, city, state, body of water and category.  The company reports savings up to 50% on dockage, fuel, repairs, towing, service and maintenance, restaurants and more.

Joy McPeters of Marinalife, said,

“The discount program is another benefit that we can offer to boaters. Now, in addition to the online marina reservations, travel tools, and boater’s insurance that we provide, we also offer ways to save money. It fits perfectly with our mission to provide boaters with ways to enhance their boating experience, and everybody likes to save money.”

The company says the Marinalife Discount Card costs $23.99 (USD) and that the discount program is running in the U.S., Canada, The Caribbean and Central America. More information is at the company’s discount webpage.

See other OceanLines stories on Marinalife here.

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Posted by Tom in Cruising Under Power, Cruising Under Sail, Passagemaking News

Marinalife Launches New Website

Screen capture of the new Marinalife website

Screen capture of the new Marinalife website

Marinalife, the online boating concierge and reservations service, has launched a new website, with a clean, nautical look that bodes well for the user experience. The company has also added a useful search function for back issues of the Marinalife Magazine, and its new blog.

I did a quick test of the search function using the word “Charleston” and got three hits related to South Carolina destinations, including an interesting article on Beaufort, South Carolina, that included helpful suggestions on what to do, where to eat and where to dock.

“We are excited about the launch of our new site. We put a lot of thought into the features and functionality that would make the site easy to use and that would serve both our boating and marina members. Member feedback also allowed us to tailor the site to what the users wanted. As our 10-year anniversary comes to a close, the new site is an ideal way to go into our next decade of serving the boating public,” says Joy McPeters, CEO of Marinalife.

Marinalife offers boaters a free 30-day trial including a free one-year subscription to Marinalife Magazine; full membership is available with five different levels ranging from $60-500 per year.You can take a longer look at the website and their various membership services here.

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Posted by Tom in Cruising Under Power, Cruising Under Sail, Destinations, Passagemaking News

Marinalife Members Get 20 Percent Discount on Beacon Wi-Fi

Marinalife Company LogoMarinalife, the online concierge and trip-planning service, recently partnered with Beacon Wi-Fi, the largest supplier of wireless Internet to marinas along the East Coast, to provide a 20% discount to its members. The new partnership extends to marinas as well, who will receive a 30% discount off the Beacon Wi-Fi wireless installation fee and 15% off monthly service fees for new installations.

Joy McPeters, president of Marinalife, said, “We polled our boating members and an overwhelming number responded that having Internet access was an important amenity at a marina. This partnership was critical for us as well as Beacon Wi-Fi because we both want to improve the experience of the boater at marinas. Beacon Wi-Fi is a very reputable company and it is ideal to be able to offer their Wi-Fi to our marina and boater clients at a better rate.”

“Beacon Wi-Fi provides service at hundreds of the finest marinas on the U.S. East Coast, all of which are focused on serving their customers well,” said Chris Reitz, Co-founder of Beacon Wi-Fi. “It makes perfect sense for us to partner with Marinalife so their boating members can benefit from our 20% discounts and securely surf the Internet. When Marinalife marina members add the Beacon Wi-Fi Network at their marina, their customers benefit from free roaming at over 200 marinas in the Beacon Wi-Fi Network.”

Marinalife said it currently has more than 8,600 marinas in its database. Beacon Wi-Fi said it has more than 200 marinas in its network, stretching from Maine to the Bahamas. There’s a good page with more technical information about the Beacon Wi-Fi service at this Marinalife webpage.

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Posted by Tom in Cruising Under Power, Cruising Under Sail, Destinations, Electronics, Industry News, Passagemaking News, Technology

Marina Life Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Best Marina Contest

Marinalife Company LogoMarina Life members are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the cruise planning and concierge service by voting for their favorite member marina. The company will feature the winning marinas voted “Best Transient Marina” and marina with the “Best Customer Service” in the summer issue of Marinalife Magazine.

For those readers not familiar with Marinalife, it is a membership organization — with annual dues that range from $60 – $500, depending on the level of benefits desired. The $60 and $140 memberships allow you to utilize the Marinalife databases online, while the $240 and $500 annual memberships give you access to a concierge service that will make marina reservations and even general travel arrangements.

The company counts some 8,600 marinas in its database that cover the U.S., Canada, Bahamas, Caribbean and Central America. Marinalife participating marinas often offer fuel discounts and sometimes slip discounts to members. Some boatbuilders and brokers are now offering discounted memberships to Marinalife to their customers.

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Posted by Tom in Cruising Under Power, Cruising Under Sail, Destinations, Industry News, Passagemaking News, seamanship, Technology