I wasn't sure where to post this, but I have decided to post it here as itís the forum I frequent most and seems appropriate.
What is it?
BoatCrawler is a tool I made for myself to help me find a boat
to sail around the world. I used BluewaterBoats.org, AtomVoyages.com, and this site extensively to find the right criteria for a bluewater boat
The problem was, I had a very long list of boats that met my requirements, and it was a tedious task to check places like sailboatlistings.com and yachtworld.com for these boats, even on a weekly basis.
So I set out to automate my searches and create a dashboard of results. This way, I could wake up in the morning to a dashboard that displayed each and every example of "Boat X", "Boat Y", and "Boat Z", currently listed on sailboatlistings.com and yachtworld.com.
I found it useful, so I decided to clean it up and release it to a broader audience.
Where is it?
BoatCrawler (beta), and it can be found at:
You can create a new account, which will be automatically populated with sample data, or use a demo account for view-only
Note: with the demo account, you won't be able to make any changes to the queries, add queries, favorite boats, etc.
What do you mean "beta"?
Aside from myself, I've had very few other users test the app. As a result, you may encounter bugs or behavior that I am not aware of (you will).
If you do, please shoot me a pm or give me a comment here. Screenshots are helpful.
I also have concerns about server-load. The server has handled a modest set of queries for a small number of users, but I'm unsure of how this will scale.
Thus: I beg you to be patient while its in beta, and try not to judge me too harshly.
What are the limitations?
- The mobile version currently not ready (sorry!)
- It will only search YachtWorld and SailboatListings
- For server load concerns, you can't have more than 50 queries at a time.
- A single query cannot return more than 50 results, so be specific.
- Geo-locating is slow -- I'm exploring other options
- Queries only run once a day (unless they're new)
- I'm on shared-hosting, so please be patient!
Craigslist will not likely be added as a search website. It would be technically challenging as CL is location-specific. Additionally, Craigslist has a history
of sueing people for page scraping.
Other sites could be added, the two I chose were the two I used most.
Again, I beg you for your patience. The purpose of the beta is to get feedback on why it sucks so much, and not to win any praise.