Newsletter #308

Newsletter #308 - March 2, 2016

Unexpected Benefits

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Last week's newsletter announced how the UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency was now using ActiveCaptain hazard changes as a reporting system for their organization in considering repairs and chart updates within the United Kingdom. This adds to NOAA in the US who has been using ActiveCaptain for 3 years in the same way.

The core of ActiveCaptain has always been capturing the conversations between boaters to share local knowledge that was not available in other forms. This sharing of information provides insight and incredibly important navigation and planning information. And while it would have been sufficient if that were all the sharing provided, it's interesting to consider the additional unexpected benefits that the information creates once we've reached the level of use ActiveCaptain experiences today.

There are two major benefits you might not realize - hazards receive attention and repair, and marinas know where to focus their resources and how to improve.

So when you find a buoy out of place, or an uncharted obstruction, or shoaling approaching a channel, your report warns other boaters. But it also warns governments. These governments are the ones with the resources and responsibility to fix (or re-chart) the problem. It's important to note that every new comment to a hazard creates a new data entry within the hazard GIS systems of NOAA and the UK. Every new comment or update will ping their system and get the momentary attention of someone responsible.

If you come across a hazard that hasn't had a comment in a month, write a quick comment verifying that the hazard still exists. That's not just to warn other boaters - they'll already be warned by the hazard icon. The new comment will act to tap the governments on the shoulder to point out that the problem still exists. Of course, budgets and priorities compete with our cruising needs but, well, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and all that.

We started noticing unexpected changes that marina reviews created about 4-5 years ago. Boaters would complain about an issue, perhaps dirty showers. Marinas knew they couldn't get the review deleted. Only a later review complimenting the showers would alert the community that the problem had been fixed. So they'd start cleaning the showers, new reviews would come in, and they'd start getting more business.

This is important for positive reviews as well. One of the most common questions we receive from marinas concerning their reviews occurs when a marina receives a 4 star review. They want to know what they need to do to get a 5 star review. They seriously want to know. And telling them in a review is a strong way to help make that request happen.

Did you know that there are multiple marinas who give cash bonuses to dockhands who are mentioned in a positive way in your reviews? It's true. So if you have a great, helpful experience, get the dockhand's name and mention it in your review. These incentives happen because the marina is honestly trying to provide better service. Let them know it's working and reward the employees who are making it happen.

Nothing in ActiveCaptain is more important than sharing your findings and experiences. Not only will it get the information out to other boaters, but you'll actually be helping to fix problems and reward the service qualities we'd all like.

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