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.