“A Case for Complexity – How good design, conscientious installation, and consistent maintenance can assure reliability of the most sophisticated onboard systems” was written by Steve D’Antonio and was published in Professional Boatbuilder Magazine.
WheelHouse Technologies President and Founder Barry Kallander will be a guest speaker at the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory Systems (UNOLS) Research Vessel Operators Committee meeting in Marinette, WI April 24 – 26, 2012. The presentation topic will be computerized maintenance management systems.
WheelHouse Technologies founder Barry Kallander and Operations Manager Craig Parkhurst are featured in this Outer Reef Yachts video at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. WheelHouse, the leading maintenance management solution for yachts and workboat fleets, is standard on all Outer Reef Yachts. In addition, every Outer Reef yacht includes a custom Owner’s Manual prepared by WheelHouse Technologies.
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
October 27 – 31, 2011 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Barry Kallander and Craig Parkhurst will be available on our Boat Builder partner vessels in TrawlerPort for system demonstrations.
November 10-12, 2011 – Kona Kai Resort & Marina, San Diego, CA
Craig Parkhurst will be presenting and doing a SeaKits Damage Control Workshop on Saturday afternoon at 3:30.
Today, WheelHouse Technologies announced the launch of WheelHouse MobileSM to provide a new and easy way to update your WheelHouse Maintenance System without having to log-on to the web. WheelHouse Mobile takes advantage of smart phone technology and provides an easy to use application wherever you have a cellular signal. Key features of WheelHouse Mobile include:
- Access WheelHouse Mobile anytime at http://mobile.wheelhousetech.com and log-on using your normal user name and password. We recommend saving the link on your phone as well.
- WheelHouse Mobile is available on any smartphone, including Android-based phones, iPhones, and Blackberrys, among others.
- Receive Maintenance Alerts via email message whenever a new maintenance alert comes due, and link to WheelHouse Mobile directly from the message. You will only receive messages when a new Maintenance Alert comes due.
- Turn WheelHouse Mobile on/off from the WheelHouse (web) Admin menu, as well as identify up to 3 email addresses to receive Maintenance Alerts. Your email address of record is the default address.
- Update runtimes (to ensure your maintenance schedule is current), view new maintenance alerts as they come due, and view all active maintenance alerts at any time. After one day, all “New Alerts” can then be found in the “All Alerts” list.
- Maintenance Alerts that are completed in WheelHouse Mobile dynamically update your WheelHouse web application.
- WheelHouse Mobile includes Help topics, or you can always contact us at Support@wheelhousetech.com.
WheelHouse Mobile is another step in our pursuit to deliver easy to use content that helps you maintain your vessel. Feel free to send us feedback on your experience, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
We encourage you to try WheelHouse Mobile and configure it according to your needs. Thanks for using WheelHouse and WheelHouse Mobile!
As seen in Yachting – Cyber Caring and Sharing Two slick yacht information systems to consider. By David Schmidt
A great advantage of living in the era of high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi hot spots is the ability to manage and access information. Two forward- thinking products — WheelHouse Technologies Inc.’s WheelHouse (formerly SeaKits; www.seakits.com) and Digital Yacht’s BOATraNET (www.digitalyacht.co.uk) — provide yachtsmen with the capability to monitor specific aspects of their yachts, ranging from location and heading to preventive and corrective maintenance. While these products differ widely in intent, purpose and functionality, both are designed to make it possible to wirelessly monitor a vessel’s condition and situation … and, in the case of BOATraNET, to have some fun. Here’s a look at both products and at how they can improve your boating experience.
Barry Kallander founded SeaKits (now WheelHouse) because he was looking for a better way to outfit and maintain his Nordhavn 40 for extended cruising. Inspired by the diligent preventive-care mentality he had experienced while serving as a submariner in the U.S. Navy, Kallander began
developing his own proprietary software. The result of his efforts is WheelHouse, a turnkey, planned maintenance program for boat owners and operators that provides a disciplined structure for preventive and corrective maintenance.
The process begins with a thorough stem-to-stern walk-through inspection, in which Kallander and company create a list of the make, model and serial number of every piece of onboard equipment, as well as all necessary replacement parts, and build an exact database for each client. This information is uploaded into WheelHouse’s cloud-based, browserlike software program, along with each manufacturer’s suggested schedule for preventive and corrective care, creating a sophisticated maintenance calendar. The program automatically generates notifications advising when scheduled maintenance work is needed and provides warranty tracking. While WheelHouse requires an Internet connection to access all of the system’s features, it includes a function that automatically downloads critical documentation and planned maintenance tasks to a user’s hard drive.
WheelHouse is also designed to give owners and managers unparalleled access to replacement parts while venturing out of their home waters. For example, if a customer receives an alert advising that his watermaker filters need to be replaced, he can simply order the part through WheelHouse. WheelHouse receives the part, inspects and verifies that it’s the correct unit, and then works with the owner to ship the package to any port of call.
The company also offers its SeaKits Spare Parts Outfitting service, which provides custom-designed repair kits. WheelHouse Technologies physically sources and assembles a full outfitting of vesselspecific spare parts. These parts are inspected, tagged, bagged and kitted in well-organized, easyto-use, water-resistant cases, which are shipped tothe customer. Additionally, WheelHouse compiles comprehensive electronic documentation, available online, including manuals for major onboard equipment and systems, giving an owner or operator access to a library of information.
WheelHouse is available for both new builds and existing vessels in the 40- to 140-foot range, and the company will work with project managers for one-offs and custom builds. Irrespective of age or size, the earlier in a yacht’s life cycle an owner or operator enlists the boat in the program, the greater the long-term returns will be. “The key feature with a new build,” Kallander says, “is that WheelHouse helps an owner maintain his yacht to new-boat standards. If you use WheelHouse, you’re able to maintain every piece of gear and every onboard system from day one. With a five-year-old yacht, the owner is probably coming to us because he knows he’s not keeping up with his boat’s maintenance needs and he wants to get on a longterm program of bringing the vessel up to a higher level of material condition.” Additionally, WheelHouse Technologies works with equipment manufacturers.
TOUCH AND GO
Service and maintenance go digital on every Outer Reef.
If you’re like most yachtsmen, you have a journal or stack of notes with all of your maintenance milestones. If you’re an Outer Reef owner, however, you can take advantage of WheelHouse Technologies (formerly SeaKits) integrated Marine Maintenance System (MMS). It allows owners to follow a service plan, generate work orders, track and order parts, and perform other smart functions. The owner’s manual is also formatted digitally. Buy a tablet such as an iPad, and you have an overview of your vessel from anywhere, at any time. WheelHouse will also develop a program that fits your specific boat.
Read the complete Yachting April 2011 – To Each His Own article.
WheelHouse Technologies (formerly SeaKits) will be exhibiting at the following three shows over the next few months. We hope you can stop in and see us.