1,000th Parts Outfitting

Congratulations to Paul & Norma Hawran for placing the 1,000th parts outfitting order with WheelHouse Technologies! The Hawran’s are the proud owners of “Argo”, a new Outer Reef 88′ recently commissioned in Seattle, WA.  SeaKits Brand Parts Outfitting is available to all WheelHouse subscribers and provides a fast, easy, and accurate way to outfit and refit a vessel or fleet.  The entire quote, order, and fulfillment process is managed using a graphical workflow in WheelHouse. Parts are labeled, kitted, and shipped to the vessel anywhere in the world. Parts labels affixed to each part identify the part name, part number, manufacturer and the applicable equipment ID. When the order ships the WheelHouse inventory is updated automatically through the Cloud.

Following the implementation of WheelHouse and delivery of his parts order, Paul said “I can say that WheelHouse Technologies is a phenomenal resource.  In the past I would use spread sheets which more often than not, despite my best efforts, were not kept current due to the many other requirements in running a boat.  Because WheelHouse Technologies implementation service identified both the service parts and common repairs parts unique to my vessel and my type of cruising, I can focus on vessel operations and enjoy my cruising even more.”

Responding to the kitted parts he received for each system, Paul said “Having the spare parts in well-marked boxes by system ensures that I will actually be able to find the parts when needed.” Paul indicated how grateful he is that Outer Reef Yachts includes a WheelHouse subscription and implementation services in the purchase of every yacht.  Outer Reef Yachts has been a consistent and longtime partner with WheelHouse Technologies, and recognizes the value in providing its owners with a solution to manage the maintenance, safety, and reliability of the yachts they sell them.

Paul & Norma have some ambitious cruising plans starting in the Pacific Northwest and the Inside Passage; to Southern California; Costa Rica; Cape Horn and beyond.  We wish them fair skies and following seas!

TrawlerFest Anacortes May 12th – 17th

Anacortes, WA   May 12th – 17th

TrawlerFest is PassageMaker’s stand-alone series of boat shows, specifically designed for cruising enthusiasts. Strategically located in key cruising regions nationwide, TrawlerFest feature an impressive in-water selection of new and pre-owned cruising powerboats, first-class education and demonstrations, the latest in marine products & services, and opportunities to share cruising adventures with fellow cruisers, industry experts and your favorite PassageMaker writers.

TrawlerFest is more than a boat show; it’s where industry, education, and community come together in a relaxed, rendezvous-type atmosphere. Visit www.trawlerfest.com for a detailed list of all seminars and events scheduled.  Below are details on seminars that we will be participating in.

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12 – 13, 8:30am – 5:30pm (Both Days)
Presented by: Nigel Calder, Steve Zimmerman, Engine Manufacturers and Industry Representatives
Lead presenters are the dream team of Nigel Calder, author of Marine Diesel Engines, and Steve Zimmerman, owner of four boatyards and with four decades of experience in marine engines and systems. The first day begins with basic theory, troubleshooting and maintenance in the morning. In the afternoon the class breaks into groups and rotates between three engine stations for hands-on work. Day two will continue with hands-on training and then focus on common engine problems seen in the boatyard, repowering, powertrain issues (from couplings to propellers), more hands-on with a session on electrical system troubleshooting with multi-meters, and generator installations, including critical safety issues related to AC systems. A factory rep will explain what government emissions regs mean for the consumer. There will be a session on modern software-based maintenance. The class ends with all the presenters on stage for panel discussion and audience Q&A.


Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10:45am-12:45pm

Presented by: Craig Parkhurst

This seminar will provide details on the failure point of several common overlooked systems and equipment.  In addition, we will walk through the maintenance procedures, tools, and techniques required to complete this maintenance and discuss basic troubleshooting techniques associated with these failures.  Seminar is reliant on customer participation and maintenance questions and insight are always welcome.


Sunday, May 17, 2015, 10:45am-12:45pm

Presented by: Craig Parkhurst

We will analyze typical maintenance tasks and highlight those items that an average boater can handle and what should be left to the professionals.  For those DIY tasks, we will review some of the common tools and resources required to complete them safely and correctly.  In addition, we will discuss common approaches to maintenance and how to become more predictive in your approaches in an effort to reduce failure rates, increase longevity, and extend maintenance intervals.

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Please visit us at the Bahia Mar SuperYacht Pavilion Booth 727C to learn more about WheelHouse and how it can improve the safety and reliability of your vessel.

IBEX Tampa 2014

Boat Builders, please visit us in booth 2424 at IBEX in Tampa, FL September 30th – October 2nd and learn how WheelHouse can be used as a tool to better handle your warranty claims.

TrawlerFest Baltimore – TrawlerFest University

We will be exhibiting at Trawler Fest Baltimore September 25th-28th 2014. We will be participating in the new format of TrawlerFest University’s course ” EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DIESEL ENGINES  Presented by Nigel Calder & Steve Zimmerman on September 24th as well as presenting “VESSEL MAINTENANCE IS MORE THAN OIL CHANGES” on September 25th.


This two-day course is led by PassageMaker Technical Editor Nigel Calder, who wrote bible of cruising propulsion, “Marine Diesel Engines.” Partnering with Calder is Steve Zimmerman, owner of boatyards in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, as well as representatives from WheelHouse Technologies, Yanmar, Cummins and Volvo who will bring their engines for hands-on training. Topics covered will include emergency repairs, repowering, maintenance, warranty and gensets. The information imparted is not only essential for successful cruising, but will also enable attendees to make money-saving decisions.


Craig Parkhurst of Wheelhouse Technologies discusses the various maintenance approaches—run-to-failure, preventative and predictive—and describes how to work smarter not harder to maintain your vessel. He will share his thinking on equipment failure modes and spare parts.

TrawlerFest Anacortes

Visit our booth at Trawlerfest May 15th – 17th and learn how WheelHouse can simplify the maintenance on your vessel and provide the tools required for safe cruising.

SeaKits Fluid Analysis Lab is Moving

On December 9th, the main fluid analysis laboratory and the application support team are moving to a new, expanded headquarters in Indianapolis in early December. While our relocation may be minimal in distance, it is important for us to continue serving our valued customers without interruption.


  • Shipping Labels – The Indianapolis address has been updated on the sampling labels currently being sent to customers. The “old” address labels can be used up to 90 days after our move date without interrupting the turnaround time. Samples will be received at the “old” Indianapolis address after that time, but there may be a slight delay before testing begins.
  • Should you have old labels, please  update them with the new address of 7451 Winton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

We appreciate your understanding as we expand to better serve you. Thank you for your continued support and business.

Zimmerman Marine added to Preferred Service Provider Program

Zimmerman Marine Introduces Priority Service Program for Cruisers.

Zimmerman Marine Incorporated (ZMI), a yacht repair and custom boat building yard with four locations in North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland, has introduced a new service program for cruisers. The ZMI program provides cruisers in the mid-Atlantic with priority access to a network of boat yards. All vessel work order records are stored in a shared database, so that boat history is easily accessed from any of the yards. In addition, ZMI has partnered with WheelHouse Technologies, so that all maintenance alerts and records from are accessible from each location through the Marine Maintenance System.

The program includes the following benefits:

Transient Priority Service: 24 hour service response if you are cruising and stop at one of our yards with a problem.
–    Tech Support:  direct cell phone contact for tech support to address underway problems.
–    Annual Engine Room Inspection: mechanic will go through our inspection checklist once per year, within 12 months of qualifying
–    Annual Oil Analysis:  includes annual sampling of main engine oil.
–    Annual Wheelhouse Marine Maintenance Subscription – annual subscription to their maintenance program with all ZMI yards included in updates and notifications regarding vessel maintenance.