Newsletter #302

Newsletter #302 - January 20, 2016

Sharing Your Identity

>>> Sharing Your Identity >>>

One of the nice things about a paper boat card is that you can hand it to someone. There's no links or URL's - you just reach out and share it. But that's where most of the advantages of a paper boat card end. The information is fixed and non-standardized; it's cumbersome to store; and the moment you have a few hundred of them, finding the one you need is a user-hostile experience.

We believe that an electronic boat card solves these problems and provides many additional benefits. We've written about it many times.

But the one thing that has been difficult is sharing your electronic boat card or eBC. There is a search capability where you can search by boat name or owner name (use the topmost search field at the top of You can also find friends with similar interests by looking at the members of the groups you're interested in and especially in the boat owner's groups (use More / Groups / Owner's Groups - there are more than 260 of them).

Now there's a new way - you have an eBC Identification (ID).

Your eBC ID is a shortcut to your electronic boat card. It's optional and set in your Profile. Log into and click the Edit Profile button, or click the Profile section on the left and then Edit Profile. Look for the eBC ID field on the first Identification tab that comes up.

Your eBC ID should be a small word you'll use to share your electronic boat card with others. It is made up of just letters and numbers with no spaces or punctuation. It must be unique in the entire ActiveCaptain system. Upper/lowercase doesn't matter.

So for our boat, aCappella, we've taken the eBC ID: aCa

Now to access our card, you can use:

Upper/lowercase is ignored for the eBC part and the ID part.

When the websites are combined, your eBC ID will be part of the website in the same way (but not yet).

If we wanted to print our electronic boat card ID onto our paper boat card, we'd print it as: eBC/aCa

That'll tell others that aCa is our electronic boat card for ActiveCaptain. You can use the same mechanism for whatever ID you'd like to use.

We'll continue to make small improvements to the websites to add new capabilities and make it easier to use. Make your own eBC and grab the ID you'd like for the future - this is all working now.

>>> Retrieving Your Password >>>

In this transition time where ActiveCaptain is being combined with eBoatCards, there are some confusing situations that develop. Many people are going to to login with their ActiveCaptain email and password but forgot their password. So they're using the password retrieval mechanism in eBoatCards but that website doesn't know you until you log in. It's sort of a Catch-22 situation.

If you need your ActiveCaptain password, log out of, click Login, and click Lost password. It will email your password to you immediately. You can then use that in both and

This will be fixed in the next month - you'll be able to also get your password from eBoatCards before you have an electronic boat card. It was something we overlooked as a problem - we're sorry if it caused any confusion.

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Dylan and Dee Dee had a safe, but bumpy, passage to the Bahamas. They successfully checked in through Nassau, but only after putting fear into the hearts of the three Customs and Immigration officials. They've begun touring the Exumas and are looking forward to weeks of new adventures. If you've never met our ferocious crew, you can check out Dylan and Dee Dee on their blog:

Karen and Jeffrey Siegel
Castine, Maine
sharing the experience
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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:
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Older newsletters will be duplicated here until these pages are removed.

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