It’s early evening in Antigua. Cocktails are poured, hors d’oeuvres are served, guests are content. The picture is perfect, save for the dreary late-day rain shower lingering outside. Then, at the push of a button, the ambiance morphs into a crystal-clear, starry night. Not a raindrop can be seen outside, and glimmering constellations now grace the liner overhead. Have we been teleported to another planet? Perhaps. (Stranger things have surely happened in Antigua.) But a more rational—and not too distant—explanation might be OLED.
You’re probably familiar with LED (light-emitting diodes). As yacht size increases, so does the number of managers required to keep them firing on all cylinders. VesselVanguard, a web-based service that specializes in organization of manuals, maintenance schedules and warranty requirements for onboard systems, has introduced what it calls Platinum Service for the superyacht market. Replacing cumbersome boat manuals, the service lets owners and captains review maintenance and warranty information on their vessel minus the paperwork shuffling.
Designed specifically for vessels over 80 feet, the Platinum Service processes information accordingly for each vessel manager (owner, captain, chief engineer, boatyard, etc.). Subscribers get a complete online boat profile including the master equipment list, a library of manuals and a customized maintenance calendar for timely upkeep of all onboard systems. The Platinum Service especially caters to custom equipment typically found on larger vessels.
“Superyachts have hundreds of unique systems and a countless number of individuals who participate in their operation to deliver a firstclass experience to owners,” said VesselVanguard CEO Don Hyde. “And we [sought] to meet the specific needs of those particular vessels.”