Web-based service aims to simplify maintenance


VesselVanguard, a technology-as-service-based system designed to ease maintenance and increase value for boat owners, will be introduced this week at the 40th annual U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis.

VesselVanguard is a Web-based subscription service designed to consolidate and simplify boat maintenance by creating and maintaining a customized profile of the owner's vessel.

The service issues automatic e-mail alerts to owners and their designated contractors about pending maintenance requirements. Work orders can be automatically issued and their progress tracked and recorded.

"I created this technology-enabled service to address the longstanding need to simplify the many asynchronous preventive maintenance requirements for sailboats and powerboats over 30 feet long," said Don Hyde, founder and managing member of VesselMetrics, in a statement.

Subscriptions for the VesselVanguard.com service will be available in spring 2010. Until then, the company is seeking engagement with manufacturers and retailers and is accepting registration of potential members.

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