Members' Online Book: Maintaining a Cruising Boat, Chapter 28 of 28

Apps We Use to Manage our Boat and Cruises

Our maintenance planning list with the underlying details hidden so we can see the big picture.

Having just published two chapters on how to manage refit and maintenance projects in a boatyard, I’m thinking that it would be useful to share the computer and handheld device software (apps) that Phyllis and I use to keep our boat and cruises, as well as our business and personal lives, organized.

Why is this so important? Well, it’s not for nothing that we call running an offshore cruising boat:

Death by a thousand details.

But there’s a greater point here than just a jokey saying:

Many, perhaps most, cruising disasters are the result of several (often many) small oversights, not one big mistake—the devil is truly in the details, particularly when at sea.

And so it’s well worthwhile finding good software tools to manage those details and then using them religiously—the latter can be harder than the former, but is more important.

Here are the apps we use and what we use them for and, most important of all, why and how.

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Meet the Author


John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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