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Old 14-02-2018, 13:17   #16
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Re: Anchor watch & gps

I like drag queen also but I now get a message that it needs to be updated to work with IOS 11 and it will not load. This has been a long time now. It also does not show up in the app store on my device, probably because it is IOS 11.
The only drawback I was aware of was that your device would stay active and draw power while watching so it needed to stay plugged in.
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Old 14-02-2018, 14:30   #17
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I posted to the Active Captain / Drag Queen site asking about plans to update foe IOS 11.

Sure hope Garmin does not abandon these great products following the Aquisition!
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Old 14-02-2018, 14:33   #18
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Re: Anchor watch & gps

I like Sail Safe. You can activate it after you have set your anchor by entering the compass direction and length of chain out.
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Old 14-02-2018, 15:47   #19
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I am very happy with Anchor Alert from SlimJim

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...horalert&hl=en
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Anchor Watch by Lukesoft for iphone - works fine as long as you have a charging point near your bunk and the phone can get a good gps signal
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Old 15-02-2018, 07:38   #21
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Re: Anchor watch & gps

I've tried a bunch of Android apps, and even my regular chartplotter. I haven't done a scientific study; I just try out different stuff as the mood strikes me.

I ended up deleting Drag Queen and Sail Safe. Not that they were bad, just that I didn't take to them well. Anchor Lite and "AchorWatch" by Jos Verbeek are still on my phone and used occasionally.

But far more often, I just use a regular navigation app (usually MX Mariner or Navionics, but any one will do) and zoom in as far as I can. This gives me a "track" over time. If it looks like a nice fuzzy arc around a central point, I'm good. When it strikes off in a new direction, time to get worried.

Changes in wind strength or direction, even swings in heading, tend to wake me up pretty easily at anchor. I only set an alarm if I'm not confident in my set or if I expect a change in weather or current.

Proximity of rocks would be another reason to set an alarm, but it's hard to set an alarm that would give me enough warning before hitting them. I've forgotten to turn the alarm off, and I'm usually well past the rocks when it finally goes off on my way out of the anchorage the next morning. In other words, it would have been much too late.

I do have a Vesper XB-8000 but haven't really played with the anchor alarm yet. I like the implementation, just haven't been in a situation where I felt like setting it up (and leaving the AIS on all night.) My phone is always plugged in and displaying the chart overnight anyway.
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Re: Anchor watch & gps

Re: DragQeen - got a reply from the ActiveCaptain representative inside Garmin. There is an update coming for IOS 11, but don’t hold your breath ... Garmin release process is holding it up. Guess I need to switch for this sailing season. Thanks for the good alternate suggestions!

I sure hope Garmin doesn’t ruin ActiveCaptain too ... it had potential. Community developed content bought and controlled by corporate entities is always a dicey proposition 😢
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Re: DragQeen - got a reply from the ActiveCaptain representative inside Garmin...

I sure hope Garmin doesn’t ruin ActiveCaptain too ... it had potential. Community developed content bought and controlled by corporate entities is always a dicey proposition ��
I was wondering if DragQueen was part of the deal with Garmin. Sorry to hear it was.

As for corporate entities ruining things, that's not "always" the case. But I think the odds are pretty good with a company like Garmin, which has a reputation for not putting much effort into upgrades for existing products.

Remember that ActiveCaptain is only as good as the crowd-sourced data is presents. It will be interesting to see if the "crowd" is motivated to provide free data for Garmin's benefit.
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Re: Anchor watch & gps

I tried drag queen, and it worked well but consumed a ton of power so you must plug your phone in. Others worked similarly and fine. Plenty of free apps to try.

I tried some that would text an alert to my wife's phone (leaving mine on the boat to keep watch), but loss of data & glitches caused me to scurry to the boat several times for no issues, so that ended that.
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