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Old 09-02-2012, 08:59   #1
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New Way To Keep A Log

If you've ever wished for a more descriptive and standardized way to log and even compare your sailing adventures, take a look at the Interactive Sailing Rating System, designed by fellow cruising sailor and blogger Thad Kubis

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Old 09-02-2012, 09:11   #2
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I don't really like it. I prefer the trad log, where I can note position, distance sailed, cloud cover, speed, sea state, etc., and then can note something more special about the passage/watch. How would the interactive sailing rating system describe the wonder of a whale sighting, or how charming a flotilla of Men of War look backlit with the rising sun on the horizon? When I look back at my logs, I want to evoke a memory, read a story, not review a bunch of numbers.
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When I look back at my logs, I want to evoke a memory, read a story, not review a bunch of numbers.
I hear ya!!!!
I think it's designed for those among us who aren't as good at making notes and keeping records
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I don't really like it.
Not only do I not like it, I hate it. The best log I've found is the standard lined composition book. We record such data as: names of crew, any cetacean sightings, titles of books being read during the trip, and friends with whom we may be sharing an anchorage. If a memorable wine is served, the vintage is duly recorded.
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I just launched a sailing log app for the iPhone, what do you think would make you move from paper to electronic?
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I just launched a sailing log app for the iPhone, what do you think would make you move from paper to electronic?
I'm afraid ripping my finger nails out one by one wouldn't shift me from paper, i use electronic at work and hate it......

But hey, don't let my opinion stop ya.....
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I just launched a sailing log app for the iPhone, what do you think would make you move from paper to electronic?
I don't think I would.

I record our position and other data on paper so if my electronics are screwed due to lightning or something, then I still at least have that.

plus one for the standard composition books! That's we use and what I used when I was in the Navy (just bigger and green).
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Re: New Way To Keep A Log

I want both.

Paper one for basic log, position, speed, observations, etc. At the very minimum, enough to go back to for DR purposes. But I like reading through a log that is in different colors of ink, sometimes faded, sometimes with a coffee stain on it, sometimes loquacious, sometimes terse, sometimes in a shaky hand. It tells a story that can't be told in an electronic log.

Electronic for auto location, speed, fuel-flow meters, engine temps, etc. And optionally adding the same things I put in the paper log. Probably update the electronic one from the paper one each time at anchor, as a backup. It would be more for analysis and long term record keeping.

But since I want the electronic one to be automatic and read instruments (even tank levels), then an iPhone app would be of no interest to me.

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I use evernote and skitch for hand sketching. All the benefits of paper plus auto sync across all devices and the cloud.

I use wiki syntax so i can cut and paste it into our wiki where it autoformats and is our non cloud master.

Evernote now lets you take photos into the notes.
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We keep a deck log (our seventh book over forty years)
with the characteristics of our cruising days and an engine log that has recordings of all maintenance and mechanical data....

...........I want the book! I don't need to network my data!
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