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Has anyone discovered a good, reasonably priced boat maintenance management software program. I've researched a few but there all over $300. I did try ShipShape, which ws a good demo, however, when I tried to by the full version it was no longer available. Any ideas?
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There are two basic ideologies which I have observed with regards to maintenance.

Cruisers: If it's not going to break, don't fix it.

Racers: Stress it until it breaks, upgrade it, break something else.

How to adapt these into maintenance software? I don't know.
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You could use a basic contact management program to do much of the same as a boat management specific program. It would allow you to schedule and track maintenance requirements, costs and such, while not requiring much in the way of programming skills or setup.
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If you have Microsoft Access, you might be able to use that. It is a database program, but is very customizable. I'm no expert by any stretch, but with a little free time and the internet, you can do quite a lot. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if there are free templates for it floating around the net.

The other option is to use a non boat specific program. There are tons for automobiles and if they allow any customization, I imagine you could alter them for boat use. Here is one I found at download.com:

http://www.download.com/Auto-Mainten...html?tag=lst-2

Good luck and let us know if you find anything useful.
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Here's a couple of things:

This is freeware and has a scheduler in it :

http://www.geocities.com/garytobis/MainPage.html

This is a fantastic site for freeware programs. I regularly use many many programs I have gotten through this site and have never had any type of mal-ware problem.

http://www.freewarehome.com/
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