First, a disclaimer: I'm a big AC fan and an early adopter. I have AC data on a number of different apps on my smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktop
Now, my beefs:
1) If you don't want to put in any information, DON'T WRITE A REVIEW! Cruisers want to know how much it cost, what amenities, conveniences, and nearby services are available. What to do and how to do it. What were the high and low points of your visit? A few stars and the minimum text is worse than useless, it's a waste of everyone's time. Fill in every section you know, and go out of your way to find out the rest. Maybe you took a mooring
, but ask much it would cost for dockage. You didn't fuel
up, but check the price
on the pump on your way by. Ask how many moorings the town or yacht club maintains, and how well. Look around the facilities, even if you don't personally use the shower
, or whatever.
2) Tell us WHAT YOU'RE REVIEWING. Most often I'm looking for whether or not the facility offers overnight dockage or moorings. If not, make that clear in your subject, or the first sentence or two. And see #1, above - fill in the appropriate fields so other users know whether it's a boatyard, full-service marina, or just a fuel dock
pier or welding shop.
3) Tell us a little about you. Maybe what's no good for you, is exactly what I'm looking for, or maybe my boat can anchor
where your's can't. At a minimum, mention your draft
and size. If you didn't like something, say WHY. I may or may not feel the same way.
Finally, my biggest beef with AC is that I can't search and sort the data the way I want. The web site has some basic filtering and can sort on a few fields (if anyone bothered to enter them.) But the web isn't always available underway. Most of the 3rd party apps can't do any sorting. So I have to click or tap each icon, one by one, and read through the data to find, say, who rents slips, or how much the fuel is, or even how many stars in the reviews
To be fair, AC is still much better than printed guides which contain NO prices or reliable reviews
, and seem to cater more to which businesses paid the most to be listed.