Dec 21, 2017

CY ON ShipshapeIn this column we have looked at apps for marine navigation as well as several racing and simulation apps. This time instead of focusing on mastering the elements around our boat we are looking in at an app that helps you organize and maintain your equipment and supplies.

The new ShipShape app by Intelligent Maintenance, rereleased in November, is now available for use on iPads and iPhones and most Android devices. The app is free to download for people to try on a limited entry basis and can be fully accessed with a 12 month in-app purchase of $9.99USD.

A place for everything and everything…where? No more fumbling around looking for that spare part or needed item, just open the app and let it tell you where you tucked it away for safe keeping. There a wide variety of features available, including the ability to take a full inventory of every single item on your boat and record exactly where it is located. Or if you can’t remember what you had left in terms of equipment and supplies from your last trip, as long as you remembered to update the information you will always be able to remember what is on your boat when packing for your next adventure.

CY ON ShipShape Tasks

The app is great whether you are a weekend boater or experienced mariner headed out to sea. Sailor Adrian Stanway, the developer, says, “One of the major benefits of having thousands of existing customers for our boating Apps is that they tell us their needs. We love that. It lets us build products that are based on input from all types of boaters and give people what they really want and actually use.”

ShipShape features:

• Boat details: Essential Boat Information
• Trips: When, Where, Who, What happened
• What is on board: What you have got, where it is, what it looks like
• Things to do: See what needs doing and when
• Checklists: Choose from pre-sets or create your own
• Reports: Make reports on everything for printing or emailing
• Multi-boat: Can be used for one boat or many

With the app you also can share all the recorded information with others be it a friend, professional service or your boatyard. The app takes communication to the next level.

Then there is ShipShape Pro.

ShipShape Pro is for use by individuals, boat maintenance professionals, charter companies and boatyards. Its modular design means that all of its features work for any type or size of craft. Pro includes the features of the standard ShipShape app, but adds a comprehensive suite of maintenance features. And for those considering the upgrade, users can transfer their existing data from ShipShape to ShipShape Pro.

However, because of Pro’s more comprehensive design the cost for the app for one boat is $29.99USD, but can be upgraded to a package for 5 boats ($129.99USD) or 10 ($239.99USD).

The maintenance abilities of ShipShape Pro really take the app above and beyond the standard version. The ability to have a predictive maintenance task list and receive reminders will help to keep your boat in top condition. The app will send maintenance reminders for overdue tasks right to your device and keep a record of the equipment needed and time-based maintenance for those on a tight schedule.

ShipShape Pro Features:

• Manage boats - fleet management summary highlighting overdue tasks and unresolved faults by boat
• Address Book - All boat-related contacts in one place. Email, Skype, go to manuals straight from the App. Assign tasks directly to people in your address book
• Boat - Essential boat details and safety information immediately accessible in one place
• Tasks - auto-predicted maintenance actions fully user editable. Pre-programmed maintenance actions for over 200 common items
• Hours - maintenance for each item of equipment can be set by elapsed time or elapsed time/hours
• Faults - faults log with photos, date, notes, priority assignation and by whom resolved
• Equipment - Record of all equipment together with photos and notes. Assign maintenance responsibility. Allocate to Locations/Lists. Quick add feature for over 200 commonly used items of equipment
• Costs - Details, types, amounts and totals. Filter by date and type
• Checklists - Create checklists, review completion status and reset for future use
• Set-up tasks - all tasks can be individually tailored to the boat
• Trips - When, Where, Who, Weather, What happened. Photos. Share Trips Report with crew and friends
• Reports - Reports for everything to Print, Email, send as PDF
• Backup/share - Backup, restore, share between devices using Dropbox™
• User guide - comprehensive User Guide in-App and in-screen Info-boxes

With all the apps and tools available for navigation and racing ShipShape has found a unique niche for further use of your tablet or smartphone onboard. No more paper and pen to keep lists of your equipment, although I would still recommend printing a copy of your equipment logs in case of technical failure.

For more information:

https://www.intelligentmaintenance.com/products/ShipShape-Pro-Fleet-Maintenance-Inventory-Checklists-Costs-Trips-and-more

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