Back in 2010, we suggested several options for organising boat usage (read the original article here).
In the interests of keeping information up to date, we feel it’s time that list was reviewed. Below is the list of previous software options that continue to work well, along with a few new ones that caught our eye.
5 boat booking software services for rowing clubs
A free trial version is available to test out before committing to a full purchase. Generally however, payment is required to have continual access to the features. Schedule It desktop access can be purchased from £65 per year, per license and online access can be purchased from £5 per month (read only), per license (discounts are available for multiple license purchases). As before, Schedule It requires having a desktop host in order to connect with the cloud based versions. Limits of units available for booking are dependent on which version is purchased.
Last updated in June 2014, MRBS is still free to download and use. It is based entirely online and offers a range of access levels, including read only, user and admin.
Another free programme, Booking System offers access to an unlimited number of users – all able to log on remotely. Booking System features an unlimited number of units available to be booked. Users have full access to create and change their own bookings as well as view other user’s bookings. Bookings can be scheduled to repeat and additional fields can be added depending on how you choose to manage your system.
Available in both free (ad supported) and billed versions, SNB allows control over, boat and crew bookings , from mobile and desktop locations. A complete breakdown of who, when and what makes keeping track of activity a breeze.
Norwich Rowing Club in UK uses it – here’s their announcement.
ClubHub was designed specifically for boats and as a result, is perhaps the easiest to use. The user interface is clean and incredibly simple. It offers the greatest level of detail regarding boat information, including real time booking updates and additional club information – such as member details. Locations of use, boat types and other variables can be customised by the administrator. Once settings have been configured, administrator input is minimal. Like the other software packages mentioned, ClubHub is entirely web-based and is compatible on desktop and mobile devices.
We’re constantly looking out for the latest and greatest tools to use. If you or your club use something we haven’t listed above, we’d love to hear about it!