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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.”

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