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Old 14-06-2018, 06:31   #61
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What's not clear to me is whether or not it is still possible to use AC without buying Garmin hardware/software. Obviously Garmin bought it to sell more products but some here seem to still be using it without those. If someone here could write a step by step set of setup instructions for how to get around buying proprietary Garmin stuff, that would be greatly appreciated.
Just go here. https://activecaptain.garmin.com/Map
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Re: The death of Active Captain

This of course may be a stupid and self evident question, but hey...I needed a break from Tropical Storm Bud Prep, so here it goes.


Is Cruising now more about what software app you have on your electronic device than finding a good local Taco?


Sorry...as someone who has never bought into the techy electronics game, I find this entire thread pretty humorous, as if someone's entire cruising dreams and plan is now shot to hades over an ap....really?

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My problem was trying to access it on an Android device. That works fine on Windows. Thanks.
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You are all obiviously using it different from me. It is a passage planning tool. I mark target anchorages and backup anchorages in case of delays on the paper chart before departure while sitting at my desk. I have no need to see it in real time on a chartplotter.


We or at least I am using it very differently.
My biggest use is going down the ICW with the very useful notes telling you there is shoaling, hug the green side etc. This is so frequent that it really needs of be seen on a plotter or other nav instrument. I run my IPad in the cockpit solely for this reason for the AC alerts. Now that Garmin has pulled their excellent App, Iím still searching for a solution that isnít buy a Garmin plotter, which Iím sure we all understand is why things are as they are now.
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I can access the charts and some data on the website under Windows, but not seeing any markers for anchorages, hazards or amenities etc. It does show marinas and fuel docks, but that seems to be about all.
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I can access the charts and some data on the website under Windows, but not seeing any markers for anchorages, hazards or amenities etc. It does show marinas and fuel docks, but that seems to be about all.
Using Chrome on an Android tablet I see everything I have set in the Filters.
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We or at least I am using it very differently.
My biggest use is going down the ICW with the very useful notes telling you there is shoaling, hug the green side etc. This is so frequent that it really needs of be seen on a plotter or other nav instrument.

I guess.... but our recent experience was seeing lots of SHOAL!! Markers!!! on AC with warnings that it was only 9' deep way over by the east (or west) shore. IOW, lots of "Wolf!" -- and we'd often see 2x the depth reported in some of the warnings.

Not that we didn't appreciate the potential heads-up... but it did seem like some folks got nervous when depth was less than 20' or so...

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Re: The death of Active Captain

I've tried scrolling through this long thread to see what the deal is, but my old login doesn't work. I guess I just have to set up a new account and start over? That sucks.
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I've tried scrolling through this long thread to see what the deal is, but my old login doesn't work. I guess I just have to set up a new account and start over? That sucks.

Just contact Garmin and request a password reset. Or they probably have a "forgot my password" link that will accomplish that automatically.
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Re: The death of Active Captain

Iíve notnwaded through the whole thread so apologies if this is duplicate info.

Iím using AquaMap to view AC data in my iPhone. It seems to be a reasonable application. When Iíve had difficulty their customer support has been fantastic.

Itís NOT a navigation app, I use it as a PLANNING app. For that it works well. At least so far for me.
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I apologize for only scanning this thread. I donít know that I saw an answer:

Have Garmin BlueChart. Had been able to sign in and update the AC data. Now, I get Ďcommunication with server failed.í

Anyone can speak to solving? Thanks in advance
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This of course may be a stupid and self evident question, but hey...I needed a break from Tropical Storm Bud Prep, so here it goes.


Is Cruising now more about what software app you have on your electronic device than finding a good local Taco?


Sorry...as someone who has never bought into the techy electronics game, I find this entire thread pretty humorous, as if someone's entire cruising dreams and plan is now shot to hades over an ap....really?

Signed out of Touch Rich

From a Taco Cart in La Paz, Mexico that I didn't use an App to find!


So, how were the tacos?


I agree that the emphasis on electronic aids is a curious trend. On the other hand, what are you doing on a social network, spending hours commenting via computer/Internet on a multitude of issues?


We are all finding our way through this new information age. If an app increases someone's safety or confidence, is that a bad thing? If it is a substitute for basic seamanship or experience, well...


Sailing has seem a real decline in the US in the past decades. Maybe its latest incarnation will be different from what we knew in the past. While I still have a leadline, I use a depth sounder. RDF has given way to GPS. Maybe this is the future of sailing.


Maybe young attractive people filming their cruising is a viable career choice. I don't know.


Hang in there and have a cerveza for me.
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I apologize for only scanning this thread. I donít know that I saw an answer:

Have Garmin BlueChart. Had been able to sign in and update the AC data. Now, I get Ďcommunication with server failed.í

Anyone can speak to solving? Thanks in advance
I'm having the same problem. AC was updating until 31 days ago. I'll try to re-set my password and see if that works.
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Garmin BlueChart is discontinued.

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/114005
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Garmin BlueChart is discontinued.

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/114005

To be clear, it's the BlueChart Mobile app that's discontinued. BlueCharts themselves are still apparently available.


https://www8.garmin.com/marine/broch...ailability.pdf
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