Newsletter #301

Newsletter #301 - January 13, 2016

ActiveCaptain is...

>>> ActiveCaptain is... >>>

Part of combining the ActiveCaptain and eBoatCards design was coming up with a new home page. The idea of the home page is to quickly explain ActiveCaptain to a new boater.

Every once in a while, it's a good idea to step back and figure out the central idea of an endeavor. This process started in 2014 when it became obvious that ActiveCaptain was becoming something more than a guidebook replacement.

It is often said that you should be able to define your company in as few words as possible. The relentless pursuit of perfection - Just Do It - Melts in your mouth, not in your hands - Keeps going and going and going. There are many great examples.

But we wanted to challenge ourselves. We wanted to distill ActiveCaptain down into a single word and create a maximum three word slogan to explain it.

To make the process one step harder, and a big step more important, we wanted a word that differentiated us. So picking a word like quality was out of the running because everyone believes they create quality.

After weeks of debating and brainstorming, we ruled out most of the ideas and fell in love with a single word: Sharing

That's what ActiveCaptain is...

Sharing is what sets ActiveCaptain apart. Sharing involves both the person doing the sharing and the many who are assisted.

So now check out the new home page - it's at If you auto-logged in, select Account/Logout to bring up the home page.

There are still some graphics to complete and some pages to move over from ActiveCaptain. But this will be the ActiveCaptain home page in a few months when the websites are combined.

If you don't have an electronic boat card, login there with your ActiveCaptain email account and password and create it. We'll show some new features that were just installed on the website next week.

>>> Defender 1st >>>

Watch this spot every week in the emailed newsletter for the Defender 1st special promotion. To sign up for the newsletter, create a new ActiveCaptain account at:

...or log into the ActiveCaptain website and select My Account at the top right of the page and make sure the Newsletter checkbox is checked.

Remember - Defender 1st: one product, one week, one incredible price.

When you're thinking about purchasing boating supplies, think of Defender first.

The newsletter was sent automatically as we have unreliable internet access while cruising the out islands of the Bahamas. We'll update you next week on Dylan and Dee Dee. You can still look in on their blog:

Karen and Jeffrey Siegel
Castine, Maine
sharing the experience
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Newsletter Archive
We are currently merging the different ActiveCaptain websites into a single website.

Because of this, all later newsletters are being only put onto the ActiveCaptain Help Center found here:
ActiveCaptain Help Center : Newsletters

Older newsletters will be duplicated here until these pages are removed.

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2016-02-24 #307 - UK's MCA
2016-02-17 #306 - Chartplotter Support Questions
2016-02-10 #305 - One Giant Leap
2016-02-03 #304 - Bahamas Internet
2016-01-27 #303 - Community Anchoring
2016-01-20 #302 - Sharing Your Identity
2016-01-13 #301 - ActiveCaptain is...
2016-01-06 #300 - MMXVI
2015-12-30 #299 - The Power of Sharing
2015-12-23 #298 - Joyful times
2015-12-16 #297 - Thoughts of Cuba
2015-12-09 #296 - The Power of Love
2015-12-02 #295 - Windyty
2015-11-25 #294 - Mary Had a Little Lamb
2015-11-18 #293 - DeLorme inReach
2015-11-11 #292 - Celebrating Furuno
2015-11-04 #291 - Your ActiveCaptain Identity
2015-10-28 #290 - iPad/Android Tablet Owners
2015-10-21 #289 - The Top 5 Things...
2015-10-14 #288 - Skype
2015-10-07 #287 - Locations 1.2
2015-09-30 #286 - Cell Phone Frequency Issues
2015-09-23 #285 - Cell Phone Unlocking
2015-09-16 #284 - Mr SIM Card
2015-09-09 #283 - Route Storage & Sharing Continued
2015-09-02 #282 - Route Storage & Sharing
2015-08-26 #281 - Here's What You Told Us
2015-08-19 #280 - Bahamas 2016
2015-08-12 #279 - What is Services Missing?
2015-08-05 #278 - Aqua Map for Android
2015-07-29 #277 - Obtaining Critical Mass
2015-07-22 #276 - Our Backup Anchor
2015-07-15 #275 - Which Anchor is Best
2015-07-08 #274 - Pocket Mariner's SeaNav
2015-07-01 #273 - Services Galore
2015-06-24 #272 - Canvas and Upholstery Services
2015-06-17 #271 - Locations, Locations, Locations
2015-06-10 #270 - Keeping Track of Everything - 4

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