For the last 8 years I've been using a simple database on my phone
(HanDBase from DDH Software). It runs on many different phones including the iPhone
. It will backup the data in a normal spreadsheet format on both Macs and PCs.
I keep 7 databases on the phone
- Projects: my to-do list of projects I'd like to complete
- Maintenance: list of different items by date or hours
- Captain's Log: list of everything I do on the boat or places where I move the boat
: every part name, model, serial
Log: every drop of fuel
I've purchased in the last 8 years
Checks: recordings of various measurements during engine
- Inventory: location and amounts of inventoried items
The databases are simple to create and allow you to store the things that are meaningful to you. It takes a couple of days of playing with it to set it all up. If you find something you'd like to add after using it (manufacture phone number for example), it can be added later. It's quite capable. And as a real database, it can search/find, sort, etc. I think it cost something like $30 for the iPhone
and Mac version.
It has proven to be invaluable time and time again. It is very nice to have it all with me on my phone. That way when I'm hanging around a Wal-Mart, I can look at my Projects database and see if there's anything I need. When we were in Salem, MA and the marine
store had slashed prices on zincs, I had the exact model hull
zinc I used and was able to pick 2 up at 20% the normal cost.
It's also nice when planning boat movements. I can look up to see where we were 5 years ago and what we did then and what we experienced (were there crab pots in that anchorage in the spring or fall?).
I use it almost every day on the boat.