Beaver Island Boat Company Walkdown

We recently signed the M/V Emerald Isle and M/V Beaver Islander, of Beaver Island Boat Company as a WheelHouse customer.  BIBCO is located in the northern end of Lake Michigan and due to the ice is a seasonal business.  With the boat out of service in the winter, the only option to get to the island is by air.  After a long wait due to a low ceiling, Ian finally made it out to Beaver Island for one of our more remote vessel walkdowns in the Continental United States.  There was a story in town that reminds us of the dangers of working on the water.  There was a commercial fisherman had ran out of fuel and was stuck in the ice. We passed him on Tuesday when flying over and he was still there last night. A Coast Guard helicopter dropped them food and water Wednesday morning around 5:30 am. A Coast Guard icebreaker arrived yesterday evening from Green Bay to get the boat out.  

Northern Marine 84′ Walkdown

We recently completed a walkdown of a Northern Marine 84' as part of the implementation of WheelHouse.  This particular vessel had not been cruising in a number of years but the new owner is looking forward to getting to sea with her for some active and adventurous cruising.  On a side note, It is always great to coordinate trips to California during blizzards in the Northeast.  

Join us at TrawlerFest Stuart, FL – March 6th-11th

TrawlerFest is PassageMaker’s stand-alone series of boat shows, specifically designed for cruising-under-power enthusiasts.

Strategically located in key cruising regions nationwide, TrawlerFest showcase the nation’s best in-water display of new & pre-owned cruising powerboats, first class boating courses and demos, the latest marine products & services, and rendezvous-style parties!

TrawlerFest is more than a boat show; it’s where industry, education, and community come together in a fun, relaxed, rendezvous-type atmosphere. TrawlerFest is an experience you simply won’t want to miss!

WheelHouse will be exhibiting at the show and  will be presenting a seminar on "Understanding Your Vessels Service Requirements" as a break-out session during the two day engine class presented by Nigel Calder & Steve Zimmerman.

This is not the only diesel engine course for boaters, but it is the only diesel engine course for boaters taught by renown author/researcher Nigel Calder and veteran boatbuilder and yard operator Steve Zimmerman. Calder is PassageMaker magazine’s technical editor, while Zimmerman writes a regular column called “Troubleshooter.” Adolf Ellert is the top technician for Shearwater Marine of Stuart Florida, a division of Whiticar Boatworks and TrawlerFest partner. It is also worthy of note that unlike most other engine instructors both Calder and Zimmerman are real-deal cruisers, who bring this perspective to the curriculum. This two-day session combines classroom time with hands-on engine time in the shop. It also combines theory and practical troubleshooting instruction, and it does so with a touch of humor to keep things lively.

WheelHouse Presenting at Upcoming Passenger Vessel Association Convention

Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) – Annual MariTrends Convention January 28-31     Designed with your business needs in mind, the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends will provide winning ideas and information aimed squarely at those who not only operate passenger vessels but also those who provide products and services to the passenger vessel industry.  Nowhere else will you learn from, and exchange information with, the very best representatives that the passenger vessel industry has to offer while at the same time gaining a powerful opportunity to network with the industry’s key players.  In addition to informative general session keynote speakers, round-table discussions and a host of cutting-edge workshops, a MariTrends exhibit hall will showcase the latest maritime products and services while also serving as the convention “gathering place.”
WheelHouse Technologies, Craig Parkhurst in conjunction with GPLink’s Dan Webb, will be hosting an education session on “Exploration of Vessel Fleet Automation, IT and Asset Management”.  In addition we will be exhibiting at the show to highlight our respective products.

WheelHouse Exhibiting at International WorkBoat Show – Nov 29-Dec 1

WheelHouse is exhibiting at Booth # 2353 in partnership with GPLink creating a comprehensive perspective on vessel upkeep through seamless integration to the WheelHouse marine maintenance system. Commercial vessel and fleet owners can now enjoy the benefits of real-time vessel monitoring, tracking and support, from GPLink along with a simple and easy-to-use interface; charting the course to proper vessel maintenance, spare parts management, and document tracking.

A Maritime Industry Tradition

Held every year in New Orleans, the show attracts 15,000 members of the commercial marine industry, who come together from around the world to network, learn, spot new industry trends, and uncover innovative products and solutions.

As attendees have been quoted saying, “everyone in the marine industry is here.”

That includes its most innovative suppliers and vendors, who for three days transform the Morial Convention Center exhibition hall into a small city of diverse trade show booths, exhibits, and product demonstrations.

This year dive deeper with the re-envisioned conference program, featuring high level education and networking opportunities custom designed to focus on three sectors of the WorkBoat industry: ShipyardOffshore, and Inland/Passenger Vessel.

Also this year, attendees are invited to take part in Maintenance & Repair Day, the all new, re-envisioned version of WorkBoat Maintenance & Repair! This extensive one-day program will offer a myriad of key learnings from case study presentations and panel discussions, to roundtable talks and a networking happy hour all within The International WorkBoat Show.

Come prepared to experience many new and exciting additions to this year’s show. From the all new Collaboration Zone, “Back Deck Bar” and “Wheelhouse Tavern”, to the cutting edge “Supplier Solutions” and major upgrades within the WorkBoat Annual Conference, we promise you’ll find everything you need to give your business an edge in 2017 and beyond.

Don’t forget about after hours, that’s when attendees take to the famous restaurants, tap houses and music venues of New Orleans to experience the soulful, warm, and welcoming brand of Southern charm unique to the Crescent City.

It’s your annual chance to network, shop, connect, and get in the know among the best in the business. It’s a maritime industry tradition. And through good times and bad, this is the marine industry’s show.

Automatic Engine Hour Updates Now Available

Have you ever wondered how you can integrate an on-board monitoring program with your preventative maintenance program.  This is now possible with the partnership between WheelHouse and GPLink.  WheelHouse provides an easy-to-use comprehensive program for managing the maintenance, documentation, and spare parts for a vessel or fleet.   GP Link  provides remote monitoring of the most critical parameters of your engines as well as auxiliary systems.  These remote capabilities allow you to monitor your assets from anywhere in the world.  Integration between GP Link and WheelHouse through the Internet of Things (IoT) allows our yacht and fleet customers the ability to have engine hours automatically fed into WheelHouse, eliminating the need for data entry and ensuring maintenance is up to date.  This automation tool can be especially useful with vessels in remote locations and large fleets.  Contact us to learn the benefits of these programs and how they can assist you in ensuring the safety, reliability, and value of your vessel or fleet.

WheelHouse Team Member Supporting Recovery Work in Puerto Rico

WheelHouse Program Manager Daniel Adamski took a leave of absence to support the recovery effort after Hurricane: Irma; Harvey; and Maria aboard the Mass Maritime Training ship Kennedy as she was activated with MARAD. Below is a recap of his recent logs regarding the trip. As internet communication is very limited, we remain delayed on some of the updates but appreciate his support on this mission and the information and photographs.  




28 September 2017
Spent 3 hours loading Communications equipment for the Secret Service and White House Advance Team. POTUS to visit the Island on Tuesday.

More FEMA Employees showed up.

27 September 2017
Pilots ETA 0700 and Tugs at 0730. All Secured by 0900. Damage on the way in is tremendous. Off the STBD side there is trees with No Leaves. The landscape is brown. Over 80% of the Island is without power. Power Lines and Poles are down everywhere.

We had 57 government officials show up. A mix of Secret Service and White House Advance team members. As well as 120 FEMA Employees.

26 September 2017
In a holding pattern off Puerto Rico awaiting orders from the Pilot.

23 September 2017
1000 Finished with Engines. 1242 Fuel Barge Alongside. 1420 Start Fueling. 1930 Secured from Fueling. 2000 for 2030 All Hands. 2130 Last Line. Underway Making Way bound for St. Thomas.
While in Miami we took on an additional 5,500 bbls (approx 231,000 gallons) of Bunkers and gained a few more FEMA employees. 55 People on board.

24 September 2017
TS Kennedy off of the North Side of Cuba steaming towards St. Thomas.

21 September 2017
The Captain and Chief Engineer re-evaluated our fuel on hand and our current burn rate. They calculated that once on Station in either PR or the Islands we would only be able to stay approx. 15 days before we would have to either get underway, as Fuel Barges are not available in the Virgin Islands. Even though we could get a fuel barge in Puerto Rico, the decision was made to make a stop in Miami, FL for Bunkers, as we did not know what state Puerto Rico would be in.

20 September 2017
We have been secured at Ingleside, TX for 4 days now and have loaded 18 more pallets of bottled water and 11 pallets of MRE’s (Meal Ready to Eat, approx 12,000 meals). We prepared to get underway, as we were ordered to leave TX and proceed to Puerto Rico/ Virgin Islands as the people there were/ are in dire need of assistance.

At this point we were getting low on Bunker Fuel, but could make it to PR/ Virgin Islands with plenty in reserve. We tried to take on Bunkers in Corpus Christi, TX (Tanker Port and next to Ingleside) but they could not provide the proper blend of fuel that we need. So the decision was made to get underway.

1318 Last Line
Underway outbound for sea, 42 Crew members and 7 FEMA members aboard. Steaming towards the Islands.

TrawlerFest 9/28 – 9/30 – Bay Bridge MD

TrawlerFest is PassageMaker’s stand-alone series of boat shows, specifically designed for cruising-under-power enthusiasts.

Strategically located in key cruising regions nationwide, TrawlerFest showcase the nation’s best in-water display of new & pre-owned cruising powerboats, first class boating courses and demos, the latest marine products & services, and rendezvous-style parties!

TrawlerFest is more than a boat show; it’s where industry, education, and community come together in a fun, relaxed, rendezvous-type atmosphere. TrawlerFest is an experience you simply won’t want to miss!

WheelHouse Team Member Aids in Hurricane Recovery

Photo by Mass Maritime

Photo by Dan Adamski

Photo by Dan Adamski

WheelHouse Program Manager, Dan Adamski had been employed as an officer for the Mass Maritime Training ship until he started working for WheelHouse in the summer of 2016.  Since then he still takes a couple weeks a year to go to sea.  Below are some excerpts on his recent trip with more to come.  

I recently boarded the USTS Kennedy, on a Orientation Mini Cruise for the incoming freshman class.   While in New York Harbor the training ship loaded 9,300 bbls of RME 180 Bunker C fuel oil, approx. 390,600 gallons, at this point their was significant talk about the Training Ship being activated for Disaster Relief efforts.  As we returned to the Academy the MARAD asked the school to keep the "Fires" in the boilers.

As of September first, MARAD took back the control of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy's training ship, the USTS Kennedy.  I was then approached by Captain Mike Campbell, Master USTS Kennedy, and Jeff Brown, MARAD Representative North East Region, where they requested that I stay aboard the ship as the 3rd Mate.  As we have all seen the coverage of the devastation from the recent hurricanes, relief efforts have been in the works through the Maritime Administration.  I accepted the temporary position since the people of this Great Nation need our help.   This activation will be for 1 Month, but they have the option of extending it by 1 month. 

We departed on Wednesday 06 September 2017 at the 1036 Slack High Water in Buzzards Bay, MA and begin our journey down to Texas, while Steaming South we felt effects of Hurricane IRMA..   During this trip we will be providing support for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) while they work on relief efforts.  The ship will house the FEMA employees and we will provide hot meals and berthing for them, as well as medical care.  

I do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but I feel that this is the right thing to do as the people need a tremendous amount of help and I appreciate the opportunity you have given me. Please note that we have now leaking Texas after a short stint and are preparing to head to Puerto Rico, St Thomas, or St. Croix and will be sure to update you along the way with stories and pictures from the trip.  

Thank You all and wish me well.  Bon Voyage


Help Wanted – Director of Sales and Marketing

WheelHouse Technologies comprehensive solution, WheelHouse, is used to manage all aspects of vessel maintenance, inspection, and repair in a single vessel or across a fleet.  WheelHouse includes planned and corrective maintenance management, maintenance history, inventory control, work order management, warranty tracking, electronic documentation, and many other features essential to maintaining the safety, reliability, and value of our customer’s vessels.

WheelHouse is looking for a Director of Sales and Marketing whom will be responsible for planning and implementing sales and marketing programs, both short and long range, targeted toward existing and new market segments.  If you are interested in growing in the marine industry; have a passion for sales and marketing; enjoy developing business relationship; continually learning new skills; and earning recognition for your contributions; you should consider WheelHouse Technologies.

Key Functions:

  1. Develop, negotiate, and close sales through: direct sales calls; lead follow-up; trade shows; direct mail; industry events; and telemarketing.
  2. Make 15-20 sales calls each week and qualify new opportunities to schedule subsequent calls and on-site meetings. Maintain regular communication with new and existing customers throughout the implementation process to ensure we are meeting all expectations.
  3. Prepare sales proposals and correspondence to clients in a timely and accurate manor. Negotiate pricing and terms within the established goals of the company.  Maintain documentation of all proposals, correspondence, and contracts related to prospective sales within Salesforce CRM.
  4. Prepare and implement annual sales and marketing plan and budget along with quarterly sales and revenue pipeline and update month end with actual figures, company tracking, and variance reports.
  5. Analyze and control expenditures to conform to budgetary requirements.
  6. Prepare periodic sales reports showing sales volume, potential sales, and areas of proposed expansion.
  7. Review and analyze sales performance against trade shows, quotes, and other incentives to determine effectiveness.
  8. Consult and maintain close communication with production manager and implementation team to ensure all contractual obligations are being met and customers are completely satisfied.
  9. Plan and oversee advertising and promotional activities including print; online, electronic media, trade shows and industry events.



Base Salary w/ Generous Sales Commission
Stock Options
Mileage allowance
Computer and cell phone


401K plan with Company Match
Paid Holidays (7)
Paid Vacation (10 increasing to 15)
Training and development opportunities



Commercial Marine Industry knowledge required.
2+ years outside sales experience required.
Successful track record in sales required
Must be a self-motivated driven professional
Ability and willingness to work independently
Competent in organizational and time management skills
Strong presentation and negotiation skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Computer literate:  Microsoft Office, Salesforce, Constant Contact, WordPress, AdWords, etc.


This is an East Coast position with option to work remotely
Ability to travel up to 20 – 35% domestic & international (passport required)

Clean background for TWIC / CAC card

Submit Cover Letter with Resume/CV electronically to:

Craig Parkhurst

Resumes will be accepted until 9/30 an review will begin on 10/1/17