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Dockmaster Anywhere vs. Dockwa 

This page details the biggest differences between Dockmaster Anywhere and Dockwa's boater relationship platform. We've tried to be as objective as possible here, because we want you to get on the right marina management software for your business. Some marinas even run our systems side-by-side for different reasons. 

What We Have In Common

First, let's go over what features are similar between each system in both functionality and approach. 

Cloud-based: Dockwa was born in the cloud, where as Dockmaster started by making on-premises software and expanded to the cloud with Dockmaster Anywhere this year. Being in the cloud is important because it allows you to use and update your data from anywhere in the world. 

Transient & Long-Term Reservations: Both platforms can manage transactions for a range of inquiry and contract types including transient, long-term, seasonal, and storage.

Secure Payment Processing: Both platforms use encrypted credit card payment processing and paperless boater invoicing.


Where We Differ

Driving Revenue:  With a built-in network of hundreds of thousands of boaters, key partnerships with industry leaders like BoatUS and Raymarine, and our own highly-trafficked review site at Marinas.com, Dockwa is the better choice if driving demand for your marina is one of your goals. On average, Dockwa increases a marina's net operating income by 20%.

Customer Communications: Both systems offer embeddable website forms for inquiries, but Dockwa has more communication options for a better end-to-end customer experience, including in-app messaging and automatic payment reminders.

Automated Reservations, Invoicing, and Billing: Dockwa is the only marina management software that truly automates the reservation/invoicing/payment process from start to finish. With Dockmaster Anywhere, you get a lot of automation, but still have to take some time-consuming manual steps. For example, Dockwa has the ability to automate a lot of the back-end processes, including auto-confirming reservations and automatically setting black-out dates.

Accounting: Both systems can work with accounting software like Quickbooks. Dockwa currently handles that through an export, whereas Dockmaster Anywhere has a direct integration to Quickbooks Online.

Pricing: We are transparent and consistent.

  • Dockwa has transparent pricing on its website so you know you're getting the same deal as other marinas. Dockmaster Anywhere does not share its pricing upfront.

  • When considering pricing, make sure to ask about how credit card processing fees are set up. Dockwa has a flat transparent fee for all transactions – no blended rates, no qualified vs. unqualified rates.

  • Dockwa fully refunds the fees for any boater cancellations so you won't get stuck footing that bill. 

Running Both Systems

Some marinas opt to run Dockwa and Dockmaster Anywhere side-by-side to get the best of both systems. If that's the right path for you, you can use Dockwa as a marketing and demand generation tool, getting access to those hundreds of thousands of boaters, and Dockmaster Anywhere as your management tool that has a physical point of sale option. You may not need all of that, but if you do there are marinas seeing success using both.

Third-Party Reviews

Because Dockmaster Anywhere is new, there aren't a lot of reviews yet of it online. The reviews below compare Dockwa to the original on-premises Dockmaster. We will update this when reviews of the new cloud-based software are available. 

Get App | Capterra | G2 Reviews



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