Kick those Excel files to the curb once and for all. A software and accounting duo, one of whom has been working with yachting companies for nearly a decade, created an expense-tracking program specifically for refit and new-build management. Yachtware is tailor-made, in fact, with captains, crew, and yacht managers in mind.
David Nabarro and Ian Yates came up with the idea early last year. Nabarro is a chartered accountant who’s spent the last eight years assisting yacht-management and crew-management firms, among others. Yates, meanwhile, has extensive experience designing software. “We were discussing how most ERP and accounting software packages are great functionally, but let themselves down on design and user experience,” Nabarro explains. Furthermore, they knew that “the vast majority of yachts were still emailing Microsoft Excel files between users during refits.” They determined they could create a user-friendly, practical package.
Yachtware arose with input from refit managers and captains, Nabarro adds. Made for tracking yacht projects of 131 feet (40 meters) and larger, it updates in real time, even for users internationally off site. In addition, your team can enter comments, rather than have to resort to email (and thereby need to search for specific information). Compatible across all desktop and mobile devices, Yachtware also has regular pre-programmed backups. Plus, Nabarro and Yates can customize your dashboard display, showing the tasks of most importance to you. They can also brand the software with your yacht or corporate identity.
Additional functions of Yachtware include comparing, approving, and rejecting contractor quotes; creating purchase orders; identifying delays; and assigning tasks.
The bottom line for owners, according to Nabarro, is the real-time reporting. “Owners and their representatives do not need to wait for status update reports,” he says, “but rather see it in progress in real time.” This extends to photos and documents, all of which can be attached for each worklist item.”