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Scott Strand

Captain Scott Strand is founder and President of Great Circle Systems and creator of Triton Administrator yacht management software.

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Triton Mobile™ app works across all popular platforms and devices

Posted by Scott Strand on Oct 27, 2016 5:38:39 PM

Staying connected to the Internet can be a challenge for any yacht, but when your software tools rely upon Internet access, frustration grows with each dropped connection. Until recently, it was almost impossible to use mobile apps on boats because of the spotty Internet access. Unless your vessel sat at the dock with a solid Wi-Fi signal, there was no guarantee your cloud based application was accessible when you needed it.

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Topics: yacht management software

Vessel Management Software—Features, Support, and Cost

Posted by Scott Strand on Jun 22, 2015 1:58:54 PM

These days, vessels of all sizes are complex. You don't need to be operating a mega yacht to benefit from vessel management software that manages the day-to-day business of running your boat.


In this post, I'd like to discuss some key points to keep in mind if you are in the market for management software, regardless of your vessel's size. I'll include the features your program should include and what can you expect in the way of support and total cost.


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Yacht Management Software: How Much Does It Cost?

Posted by Scott Strand on Jun 19, 2014 7:40:00 AM

You’ve decided that this is the year you will organize the business of managing your yacht. You’ll find a yacht management software program, set up planned maintenance schedules, and upload all your documents.


Soon, with a few clicks, you’ll be able to view your engine room work list, access the vessel’s drawings, check the spares inventory, generate a Crew Hours of Work and Rest report, and more!


You are ready to do the legwork necessary to organize life on your vessel (importing data and training the crew), but a major question remains before you can make a commitment to purchase a program: what does yacht management software cost?


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3 Ways to Comply with MLC 2006 Rules Using Yacht Management Software

Posted by Scott Strand on Dec 27, 2013 3:45:00 PM

As we all know, MLC (Maritime Labour Convention) 2006 was implemented in August of 2013. And some crew are still not meeting the convention's strict regulations regarding documentation.


But good yacht management software can help you pass inspections with flying colors and avoid port state control detention. In fact, when used correctly, the right yacht management is the best way to fulfill MLC 2006 requirements and make it obvious to inspectors that your yacht is in compliance.


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Topics: yacht management software, mlc 2006, document management

Who designed Great Circle Systems' yacht management software?

Posted by Scott Strand on Nov 19, 2013 1:48:00 PM

Scott_Strand_great_circle_systemsI am Captain Scott Strand, creator of Triton Administrator vessel management software. Before and during the process of writing Triton, I spent twelve years working on yachts full time. I worked myself up from deck hand to captain and was lucky enough to work with several fine captains and engineers.


That experience gave me perspective on how yachts should be run. Over the years, I crewed and captained many high profile yachts and completed multiple circumnavigations, trans-oceanic crossings, and canal transits. 

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Topics: yacht management software

Stand-alone vs. Cloud-based Yacht Management Software

Posted by Scott Strand on Nov 18, 2013 3:25:00 PM

In previous blog posts, we outlined some of the advantages of well designed yacht management software. Now, I'd like to discuss a key structural feature that you should know about before you buy


In the past few years, you’ve probably heard about “cloud-based computing or “web-based computing."


Some yacht management software providers have structured their programs on cloud-based systems. But what does it mean to run a yacht'’s management software in the cloud and what are the benefits and drawbacks of such a system?


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Topics: yacht management software, bandwidth management

How Much Does Vessel Management Software Cost?

Posted by Scott Strand on Jul 22, 2013 6:02:00 AM

Let's take a look at something that is seldom talked about, but a question that we frequently receive: "what does yacht management software cost?"

After reading our blog post, Frequently Asked Questions About Yacht Management Software, you may have decided to buy a comprehensive program designed specifically for large yachts and other vessels. If so, read on to find out how much you can expect to pay.

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Tracking MLC 2006 Hours of Work and Rest

Posted by Scott Strand on Jul 15, 2013 10:55:00 AM

We all know that on August 20, 2013, the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 came into force.


Most yacht captains and crew are currently working toward MLC 2006 compliance in hopes of passing flag State inspections and receiving certification.


With MLC 2006, yacht crew are required to keep records of many things related to crew health and well-being, including daily work and rest times for crew. 


But what is the most efficient, effective way of tracking hours of work and rest? And how can you organize those records so they are available at the time of your inspection? 


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Topics: yacht management software, mlc 2006

Frequently Asked Questions About Yacht Management Software

Posted by Scott Strand on Feb 25, 2013 9:21:00 PM

Many yacht professionals use yacht management software to manage their vessels' day-to-day activities. But what is so special about these programs? Do you really need a dedicated software program to manage a yacht, or can a few simple Excel spreadsheets and Access databases manage the job? 

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Topics: yacht management software, document management

JD_Crawford_head_shotDarren and the GCS team have been instrumental in the development and deployment of several carrier grade IT networks for large scale, Savant-based super-yacht projects where the technology infrastructure needed to be extremely reliable. 


The capabilities of the GCS team have proven instrumental in helping us deliver a world class technology experience to some of the most prestigious yachts in the world.


J.D. Crawford of Savant Systems


I have been working with Great Circle Systems since 2006 when they did the installation of all our networking and Internet communications equipment on our boat being built in Germany.


The equipment they recommended and installed was exactly as we required.  We have had extremely good results with all of their equipment and it has performed as they had advised.


I would highly recommend them to all fellow captains.


Captain Keith T. Moore of M/Y Lady Sheridan

CE_W_Michael_Hummel_of_MY_TVTriton Administrator has proven to be the perfect tool for us on M/Y TV, which is a 78 meter Luerssen yacht.


Triton has comprehensive essential features plus any additional features one can possibly need. It is still easy to use and has a swift support team to implement customer-specific wishes, such as individual day logs, etc.


W. Michael Hummel, Chief Engineer of M/Y TV


Captain Bruno Herregods talks about Great Circle Systems tech support. 

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