Newsletter #287

Newsletter #287 - October 7, 2015

Locations 1.2

>>> Locations 1.2 >>>

Last week we released version 1.2 of ActiveCaptain Locations for Windows, Macintosh OSX, Android, and iOS. All versions are available for immediate installation. If you have the previous version, you should update the app.

Version 1.2 adds a layer architecture for overlaying content on a basemap and includes a new type of overlay - group locations.

In addition to friends and nearby boats, you can now see the locations of members from any group you have joined. You can follow the movements of people in your yacht club or those with the same type of boat as you. Find people by interests, Pets Onboard or Bahamas Bound, for example. There are currently 500+ groups. More can be added.

You must have an electronic boat card to select and configure your friends and group affiliations. Go to and click on Resources at the top right to explore the existing groups.

To join a group, click the Join button in the upper left. If the group is private and requires approval by the group admin, the button will be Request to Join. Private groups add an additional level of privacy since you must be approved. Private groups must be affiliated with a group, organization, website, or other association where someone can decide whether you are a member or not.

Once you are a member, the default is to NOT show your location to other group members. This is done for security purposes. To change this setting, click the Group Privacy item on the left in the group and select Yes to allow members of the group to see you.

Locations 1.2 also added support for a new Session Mode. This allows you to specify whether or not the Locations app will transmit your current location from the app for others. For example, suppose you bring your phone to a restaurant and want to run the app to follow your friends but you don't want your boat's location to change to the restaurant. You can select Receive Only now when the app starts.

If you're using DeLorme inReach or SPOT Messenger, use those devices to keep track of your location and always use Receive Only mode in the app. If you want your location tracked by the app, select Send & Receive to send your location to everyone and receive everyone else's.

Version 1.2 also adds Signal-K support. This is a new bi-directional way to connect NMEA 0182 and NMEA 2000 networks to apps wirelessly. There is much more to say about Signal-K and there are some new devices about to arrive that we can't wait to tell you about. We'll devote another future newsletter to Signal-K.

Finally, there are 32 small enhancements and bug fixes. We've tweaked the user-interface in little ways based on your feedback.

Full details, help, and installation instructions are available at:

>>> ICW Fall, 2015 >>>

While 30% of ActiveCaptain users are outside the US, the events of the past week along the US East Coast and the intracoastal waterway cannot go without mention.

Just as a huge mass of boaters are lining up to travel down the coast in search of beautiful weather, we saw an unprecedented nor'easter just preceding Hurricane Joaquin. While the hurricane proved to only be a good way to challenge your hurricane plan, the nor'easter has had an amazing effect on coastal waters especially in the Carolinas. The governor of South Carolina called it the worst rains in 1,000 years.

The extraordinary high water level is pushing a lot of debris into the waterways. We thought someone was kidding when a new hazard was created reporting that a house had slid into the middle of the ICW channel (it has now floated off to the banks).

There will be some amazing sights and some challenges this fall. Most of all, be safe and careful. Turn around if you are not sure what to do if you see something that doesn't make sense. Remember that much more might be under the water than the piece that's showing above the water.

It makes no sense to report logs and other floating debris as hazards. They're going to be moving too quickly. But if you find something that appears stuck, add the hazard so those behind you can be alerted. We'll devote more time to hazard review over the next couple of weeks to get hazards up sooner. Instead of a half-day, we're aiming for hourly updates.

Make sure you are doing nightly sync's and updates with all the apps and software that's using ActiveCaptain. It will take 1 minute each night to get the very latest information. Leave comments on a hazard that hasn't had a comment since the storm or if you note any changes.

It is highly likely that there will be new shoaling and low water sections once all the waters recede. Watch out for areas where inlets to the ocean open to the waterway because there will likely be some ground shifting.

We're also watching developments in the Bahamas closely. There has been some major destruction there. To see more and discuss it, check out the ActiveCaptain Facebook group for many pictures and videos.

Take your time, be careful, and stay safe.

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The crew on aCappella has weathered another hurricane - or rather the threat of a hurricane. As Hurricane Joaquin was pushed out to sea, Dylan and Dee Dee got ready for the Krogen Rendezvous. You can always see what the aCappella crew is up to on Dylan and Dee Dee's blog:

Karen and Jeffrey Siegel
Castine, Maine
sharing the experience
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