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and when circumstances allow, they like to be out and about meeting their captains and interacting with crew, negotiating with heads of repair yards and service & supply companies and generally looking after their client’s floating assets as much as possible.


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That said, while the ‘human touch’ should never be replaced entirely, there’s been a surge in the past year or two, in the scope and demand for the latest digital yacht management software and yacht management apps.


With electronic signatures and editable documents now starting to become the norm, and cloud-based storage for easy file-sharing and content retrieval, these user-intuitive smartphone/tablet based systems are becoming widely used for good reason.


To achieve not just safety compliance, or help with specialist areas such as payroll and crew management, if you are not already familiar with their use, the quality of advice and shear depth of technical, legal and practical yacht operational information pre- loaded within the best of these fingertip digital packages may well surprise you.


f course shore based yacht managers don’t just sit behind desks shuffling paper all year round. The ‘human touch’ is extremely important


These are sophisticated products, many with information, trouble-shooting and automated report management tools offering synchronization between nominated users that might include an owner, captain, engineer and selected yacht crew and shore based managers or the DPA (designated person ashore). We’re in a situation, in fact, where full vessel management can now be achieved online.


The everyday happenings of a yacht, from its arrival and departures, to fuel bunkering, work reports and much more can be recorded on these systems, so in the event of an insurance claim, for example, useful evidence can be provided that a set safety procedure had been carried out correctly, or that an item of equipment had been maintained and serviced in accordance with an official routine.


The use of synchronised reporting and management software is nothing new of course and all of the yacht managers I spoke to have experience with and have been using systems of one form or another for several years. Some companies have found themselves in the position of using a different system for each individual yacht they manage, others have been either providing consultancy services to developers creating alternative products, or sponsoring the development of their own tailor made solutions for eventual roll-out.


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According to a yachting publication’s 2015 survey of over 1,000 yacht crew, the average age of a captain is 44, so notwithstanding age or a generational attitude towards regularly logging on, one would hope that from a purely practical point of view, and with less document scanning, post-it note making and laborious faxing involved, everyone working on a yacht must surely like the concept of more efficient digital based processes that reduce the paperwork burden?


Furthermore with crew in their 20’s and 30’s, some perhaps entering the industry for the very first time, will have been brought up to a point bordering upon obsession


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