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Sailboat maintenance software

Hello everyone. I am into sailing, boat ownership and boat yard maintenance and upgrades for 5-6 years now. With no prior experience and organization I currently have a rather thick series of folders with notes, purchase statements, yard payments etc. When I try to recall now what and when upgrades were performed I have a hard time keeping it all straight. Has anyone found a good software program directed at sailboats to be able to plug in dates, which yard performed the work, the cost and contacts. I looked at apps for boat record keeping but most of them are for weekly, monthly, yearly tasks . What I am looking for is for example : standing rigging should cover chain plates being pulled and polished, backstay, forestay, wire replacement, rebedding, mast removal, inspections etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated as my folders are growing and a loose leaf binder is trying to say hello. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Sailboat maintenance software

Why not create an excel file with appropriate columns? I keep a record of my maintenance on my iPhone so I have it underway.

I use TAP Forms from iTunes and have created a form that is organized by date, has issue, state of resolution, repairs made and by whom with their contact info. Some items are on a drop down list others are filled in. I can send it to my pc for printing as needed.

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Re: Sailboat maintenance software

We use Excel to track maintenance items performed.

Considering we rebuilt our last boat from the ground up, pretty much, the many pages of items we handed the new owner with dates, people that did the work, and a description of the work performed, along with items noted as needing work, was very valuable to them.
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Re: Sailboat maintenance software

I've just started to use BoatLogger.com and it seems to have these things covered well. Tracks maintenance, ship logs and even manuals. Includes an app for offline use. There is a free or pro version. There are a few glitches still but it looks promising.
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I didn't know I could get software to do the maintenance. Will it do varnishing?
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We use Excel to track maintenance items performed.

Considering we rebuilt our last boat from the ground up, pretty much, the many pages of items we handed the new owner with dates, people that did the work, and a description of the work performed, along with items noted as needing work, was very valuable to them.
Why pay for Excel when you can use OpenOffice for free? (if you're not a business)
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Re: Sailboat maintenance software

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Why pay for Excel when you can use OpenOffice for free? (if you're not a business)
Well anymore "Excel" is used as a generic term for spreadsheet, kind of like people used to say "Lotus" to mean it back when. OpenOffice, or LibriOffice is good, and in some ways better than Microsoft Office, but at least in the business world they use Microsoft terms even if they don't mean that specific software.

Remember VisiCalc and Lotus123? Those were the days, monochrome monitors and wide carriage tractor fed dot matrix printers!
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Thanks everyone. I will check out boatlogger and if need be design my own spreadsheet.
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Well anymore "Excel" is used as a generic term for spreadsheet, kind of like people used to say "Lotus" to mean it back when. OpenOffice, or LibriOffice is good, and in some ways better than Microsoft Office, but at least in the business world they use Microsoft terms even if they don't mean that specific software.

Remember VisiCalc and Lotus123? Those were the days, monochrome monitors and wide carriage tractor fed dot matrix printers!
No nostalgia here for those old programs. Did you ever use Artemis? Makes me suicidal just thinking about it.
And then there was Excel. What a breath of fresh air. Did all the management accounting for my bike shop on it. But now it's all Greek to me. I have a simple boat and can remember and describe very knuckle busting repair I've made over the last 9 years.
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