Ship's Log v4 provides boating logbook functionality through a software interface. It was created in response to boater requests for a simple and quick way to store and retrieve logbook records on a computer. Over time, we have improved the software and it now provides many features that exceed those of a traditional paper logbook.
Some of the benefits provided by Ship's Log v4:
- Convenient Windows Interface - The Ship's Log v4 Windows interface shortens the learning curve and provides familiar "cut and paste" functionality to the entire program. This interface also allows data to be shared with other programs. Import or export log narratives between Ship's Log v4 and your favorite word processor. Send a log entry via email. Share your boating adventures!
- Powerful Search Engine - Log entries can be found quickly using a variety of search criteria.
- Reduced Data Entry - Many drop-down lists and user-controlled tables are included, to reduce data entry. Rather than typing the same data over and over entries are memorized and made available via the click of a mouse.
- Multi-Vessel Capability - Ship's Log v4 is used world-wide by recreational boaters, commercial fishing fleets and government agencies. A multi-vessel capability was built into the program from the start, to support these varied customers.
- Integrated Crew and Guest Logs - A variety of passenger/guest data can be stored in Ship's Log v4 and quickly retrieved when needed. Medical and Dietary information can be stored and retreived, helping to keep people healthy during voyages.
- Trip Planning - The Ship's Log v4 inventory system allows you to quickly develop a shopping list for necessary provisions before you leave on a voyage.
- Plenty of Logs - Ship's Log v4 provides a variety of log types (Fueling, Maintenance Radio, etc.) to best fit your activity. Individual logs can be associated with a Trip Log, to keep better organization of your boating history.
- Automated Offshore Watch Log - Ship's Log v4 provides an automated Watch Log tool, which includes the ability to connect to an external (NMEA) GPS device. It can be set to automatically record position and bearing information throughout a passage. To aid in documenting and exchanging information between watches, this log includes a narrative section for reporting watch status. For those who don't use a GPS device, the Watch Log can still be used by manually entering position and bearing data.
- GPS Interface - Ship's Log v4 includes a GPS Interface based on the NMEA0183 protocol for compatibility with many common GPS devices. You can view GPS data live in Ship's Log v4, and with a single mouse-click assign the GPS coordinates to a Waypoint. Note: The use of GPS features requires a GPS-to-PC cable and compatible GPS device.
- Automated Maintenance Scheduling - Vessel Maintenance is one of the most important safety factors for a boater. By providing fully automated maintenance scheduling and "push button" visibility of maintenance status, Ship's Log v4 takes much of the work out of vessel maintenance. Once a maintenance record has been entered, it is automatically tracked until completed. Once a periodic maintenance task is complete, another record - complete with new due date - is generated. A simple mouse click displays all pending maintenance schedules and status, while available reports provide detailed historical information.
- Integrated Parts Lists - Each Maintenance log includes a Parts List which is integrated with Inventory logs. Parts are automatically decremented from Inventory when used for maintenance.
- Advanced Inventory Management - All vessel equipment, from engines to sails to food, can be tracked by Ship's Log v4. Inventory levels are automatically adjusted when an item is used as a part during maintenance, and when inventory gets low Ship's Log v4 will provide a warning so that you can premptively restock your supplies.
- Portability- Ship's Log v4 allows many boaters to share in the excitement of your logs. Several sailing organizations keep their data on a shared server, so all of their members can view one another's logs. The commodore of one club emails planned itineraries to these members, so they can share details on Passengers, Waypoints and planned Trips. At the other end of the spectrum, many boaters use Ship's Log v4 on their home PC's and print directly to PDF files, which they can then send to friends and family.
- Paper Logs - There are times when you might not have access to a computer, in particular when you're under sail for extended periods. Anticipating the need for manual log entries, Ship's Log v4 provides the ability to print paper log pages that can be filled out while underway. Print a batch of the log pages before leaving on a voyage, and use these paper logs until your journey is completed. When you've regained access to a computer, you can enter those records into Ship's Log v4 and regain the benefits of an electronic logbook. If you prefer hand-written entries you can maintain a printed logbook in tandem with the electronic logbook.
- Pictures and Documents - Ship's Log v4 includes the ability to reference files on your computer. You can associate pictures and video files to your log entries, or another popular use is to associate technical schematics to inventory items and maintenance logs. Also, Ship's Log v4 can associate web pages and email addresses to log entries.
- Reference Material - Ship's Log v4 contains the complete text and graphics of the latest 240-page Coast Guard Navigation Regulations. Ship's Log provides "hot" buttons that take you directly to key sections of the document, for quick access to important information.
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