In the past few months, we have written 2 guests posts about yacht technology for the OnboardOnline website--Yacht Management Software - usability and interface design and Yacht Refits - More Bang for your Buck. To return the favor, engineer Mike Wilson wrote the following article about yacht planned maintenance for us. I hope you enjoy hearing from one of your colleagues. ~Andy Levy
As technology improves, more and more options for scheduled maintenance, inventory control, ships and engineering logs are coming onto the market. Certainly some programs are better than others - some are more thorough, while others are more intuitive.
But the question remains: are computer-based programs the way forward, or is the old fashioned way of paper logs and the Chiefs way of doing things still the better option? The answer is in the eye of the beholder.
One of the first things to consider when making this decision is how well the program can be installed and implemented into the current system. At the end of the day, any program out there is only as good as the input that goes into it.