An advocate of the long-term future of management software, Benoit told us: “I believe software like Deep Blue Soft will be integrated by Shipyards during construction. Not just large yachts, but small pleasure boats should be delivered to their owners and crew with full management software, capable of covering all aspects of yacht management.
“Yacht documentation/manuals given to crew under paper format should be organised as a digitalised database, with the possibility for shipyards to amend these documents even after yacht construction has been completed.
“The entire maintenance program on board should already be implemented in to the management software with recommended or compulsory maintenance defined by manufacturers.
“All this makes us confident the full integration of yacht management software has a great future in the yachting Industry.”
Having worked in the superyacht industry for over twenty years, Scott Strand is the founder and lead developer behind the Triton Administrator product from Great Circle Systems (GCS).
A marine networking communications company, GCS provides custom networking solutions that meet each customer's unique requirements. Their data management software product came about through decades of experience from captains, engineers, deck officers and senior interior staff and with GCS staff having themselves worked in the industry, they understand first-hand how data management software can be an effective tool to increase efficiency and accountability across all areas of a yacht.
With nine main modules providing inter-connectivity where applicable, Version 4.0 handles operational, analytical, and forecasting functions, such as logging, maintenance scheduling and reporting, accounting, crew management, hours of work and rest, spares and inventory management, ordering, contacts, work lists, Safety Management System, drawings & document management, ISM/ISPS reporting, cruising logs, guest services and uniform management.
Steve Kahlich from Great Circle Systems, told us: “the main difference with our product over others is the ability to add, edit, and delete data without an Internet or network connection and syncing the database when back in range. Triton Administrator is not reliant on a continuous Internet connection to maintain functionality. Triton is unique in providing user-defined reports, drag & drop for images and attachments, and the entire system is modular and scalable.
“From the beginning the data belongs to the client and can be imported to another system if you decide to switch. Some companies may charge a fee for exporting data for use in another product, or hold on to the data before agreeing to any switch, and we don’t.”
Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Douglas, IOM, Sealogical claim to have developed ‘the world’s first online yacht management platform in 2004’ and with eight software modules including Finance, Certificates, Crew, Technical, Calendar, Safety & Security, Charter and Vessel, theirs typifies the ‘pick and mix’ concept, which is proving to very popular amongst crews.
Sealogical’s Peel Taggart, told us: “we know that while captains and other senior crew will want an overview of all the vessel activity, we were also getting asked by chief stewards and pursers for access to specific areas, like Crew or Inventory etc, so we split the software into modules that users with specific needs could subscribe to.”
Sealogical yacht data is stored in the cloud and although I’ve not used the product myself, the clarity of the dashboard and icons used within each module suggest this design has been thoroughly well considered from the users perspective.
“Sealogical was designed to be user-friendly and intuitive from the ground up” said Peel, “we didn't want glorified spreadsheets, so used our background in web design and customer UX (User Experience) to create a platform that was simple to use.”
Speaking from experience, independent superyacht consultant, Dean Smith, has used a number of third-party software applications in the past and said: “The need for technical management and planned maintenance to be monitored by software may seem obvious, but actually it’s vital.
“Various yacht management software available has made the life of the captain and senior crew far easier in managing ISM, ISPS requirements, in-line with their specific SMS systems.
“Particularly with larger yachts and rotational engineering departments, when it comes to handovers, for example, and tracking of visual inspections and relevant commentary, parts replacement, live technical issues, particularly important for critical equipment and repair period running lists.”