About Plan M8

Made by marine engineers - for engineers, captains and owners

Boat in the portSailor in a boatA boat in a portGuy with sunglasses More boats in the see

About Plan M8

Plan M8 is your "plan mate" the buddy who helps planning your boat maintenance. The name is a hint to our Kiwi roots.

The software was initially thought up in 2020 out of need to organise scheduled maintenance tasks on the boats where our founder worked as Chief Engineer. Over the course of his career he had used different yacht maintenance programs, but they were either hard to use, or not focusing on his job as an engineer or not really customised for his vessel. He felt the need for an improvement.

He brought this idea up with his neighbour who had founded various SaaS companies and supported founders with his coara incubator. - A new project was born.

Foundation
2021
Team
13+
bootstrapped founders
Private beta launch location
Mallorca
The Med Hub for Yachties
Born in the
coara
incubator

About the founder

Graduating from Unitec Auckland, New Zealand with a Certificate in Boatbuilding and a Diploma in Applied Technology in Marine he was immediately recruited by McMullen & Wing as their junior design engineer. His fondness of the ocean coupled with the ever-expanding engineering technology within the marine industry sparked his interest in developing this into a career.

With seven years’ experience in composite Boatbuilding, Engineering and Computer aided design, combined with  practical hands-on sailing experience throughout multiple countries made him an ideal candidate to embark on a career with in the Superyacht crewing Industry.

He has since held Chief and Sole engineer roles on both motor and sailing vessels throughout New Zealand & Australia, South East Asia, the Pacific, Caribbean and the Mediterranean spanning Twelve years, four Atlantic crossings and over 30,000NM.

He is the holder of a Y4, 1500KW 200GT Certificate of Competence and currently serves in the capacity of Chief engineer on a private motor yacht based on the Island of Mallorca, Spain

The software was initially thought up in 2020 out of need to organise scheduled maintenance tasks on the boats where our founder worked as Chief Engineer. Over the course of his career he had used different yacht maintenance programs, but found the setup time consuming, the programs dated or over complicated. They were not component-specific to each individual yacht.  He felt the need for an improvement. There was a vacancy for a more reliable, user friendly system and so PLAN-M8 was born

Get To Know The Team

Chris Clarke engineering. Co-Founder  Plan M8

Chris Clarke

engineering

Yacht Engineer
12 years, 4 atlantic crossings, 30k+ NM

Chris Bolz. Co-founder coara

Chris Bolz

business

Co-Founder coara Serial Founder

Miquel Ferrer - Product Owner and co-founder coara

Miquel Ferrer

product

Product Owner Hundred Rooms, Convercus, Coara.

Jörg Stümke sales

Jörg Stümke

sales

30 years in SaaS sales, Sailing enthusiast.

Aron J. Staniland,
MCA Master 3000GT
3rd Generation Captain
Adviser

Aron J. Staniland

Adviser

MCA Master 3000GT
3rd Generation Captain