Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 25-02-2012, 22:55   #1
Senior Cruiser
 
rebel heart's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 6,190
Images: 3
So I Built This Website

My friend was sailing across the pacific and wanted to put a map on his website so he could make updates to it. I wanted to do the same. So I built this little site: Home Page

1) You can sign up free/easy.
2) You send it a little code packet that provides your location and possibly heading. Updates happen every ~30 minutes. I'll crank that up in a bit.
3) You can embed the map and the atom feed on your own website and use it however you like.
4) There's an api (ws xml service) for someone who's really motivated.

It also emails you back the closest weather observations of your area. If I can hook up grib forecasts maybe I can do poor-man's-routing.

Let me know if you have any questions. It's buggy but I think I got it working at least for what I wanted to do with it.

Looks like this on our blog: Rebel Heart - Sailing, cruising, liveaboard blog and website - CurrentLocation
__________________

__________________
rebel heart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-02-2012, 23:37   #2
Registered User
 
rubyjean's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
Boat: Haida 26
Posts: 502
Images: 2
Re: so i built this website thing...

Way Cool, I guess I'll have to figure this out myself. Thanx sailor...Michael..
__________________

rubyjean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-02-2012, 15:52   #3
Senior Cruiser
 
rebel heart's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 6,190
Images: 3
Re: so i built this website thing...

Quote:
Originally Posted by rubyjean View Post
Way Cool, I guess I'll have to figure this out myself. Thanx sailor...Michael..
It addresses a pretty specific need so I could see it not working for everyone. But if you want a map on your website of where you are, it should fit the bill.
__________________
rebel heart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-02-2012, 16:29   #4
Registered User
 
deckofficer's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Northern and Southern California
Boat: too many
Posts: 4,198
Images: 4
Re: so i built this website thing...

I zoomed in on aerial and saw you pinned N Harbor Drive. That means one of two things, the boat is on the street, or your nav skills for pin placement needs a little work.

I was hoping to see an overhead view of your boat because the res is that good.
__________________
Bob
USCG Unlimited Tonnage Open Ocean (CMA)
http://tbuckets.lefora.com/
deckofficer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-02-2012, 16:35   #5
Registered User
 
rubyjean's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
Boat: Haida 26
Posts: 502
Images: 2
Re: so i built this website thing...

Quote:
Originally Posted by rebel heart View Post
It addresses a pretty specific need so I could see it not working for everyone. But if you want a map on your website of where you are, it should fit the bill.
Thanx, will be doing this, just not a great puter wis. Does'nt look that hard. Michael
rubyjean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-02-2012, 18:14   #6
Registered User
 
Capt.Don's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Altadena, CA
Boat: Tartan 3500
Posts: 610
Images: 1
Re: so i built this website thing...

RebelHeart,
A couple suggestions,
1. When you add a new vessel, ask for email address and current position
2. Email the code, built "skypacket" and empty html page to use on websites
3. I think you mentioned a reply email - this would be good.
4. Make an inquiry page, enter id or code, submit returns last XML or text position
Good job!!
Don
__________________
Capt.Don is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-02-2012, 23:04   #7
Senior Cruiser
 
rebel heart's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 6,190
Images: 3
Re: so i built this website thing...

Quote:
Originally Posted by deckofficer View Post
I zoomed in on aerial and saw you pinned N Harbor Drive. That means one of two things, the boat is on the street, or your nav skills for pin placement needs a little work.

I was hoping to see an overhead view of your boat because the res is that good.
Fixed! I got lazy and rather than use the GPS (I know, really lazy) I just geocoded the street address of the marina.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Capt.Don View Post
RebelHeart,
A couple suggestions,
1. When you add a new vessel, ask for email address and current position
2. Email the code, built "skypacket" and empty html page to use on websites
3. I think you mentioned a reply email - this would be good.
4. Make an inquiry page, enter id or code, submit returns last XML or text position
Good job!!
Don
1 & 2) Got the registration email going, I put a manual "update location" form on the website as well (on the vessel's page).
3) Email reply is working. Kind of boring right now, sends you the 5-10 closest weather reports near you.
4) You can see the latest position reports on the vessel page on the right hand side; that's what you're talking about, right?
__________________
rebel heart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-02-2012, 23:11   #8
Registered User
 
deckofficer's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Northern and Southern California
Boat: too many
Posts: 4,198
Images: 4
Re: so i built this website thing...

Quote:
Originally Posted by rebel heart View Post
Fixed! I got lazy and rather than use the GPS (I know, really lazy) I just geocoded the street address of the marina.


Eric, not trying to be picky, but your pin is in the finger pier that separates your slip from your neighbor. The boat on the south side is a bit beamy, and the one on the north side looks to have a bowsprit. Which one is yours?
__________________
Bob
USCG Unlimited Tonnage Open Ocean (CMA)
http://tbuckets.lefora.com/
deckofficer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-02-2012, 23:22   #9
Senior Cruiser
 
rebel heart's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 6,190
Images: 3
Re: so i built this website thing...

Quote:
Originally Posted by deckofficer View Post
Eric, not trying to be picky, but your pin is in the finger pier that separates your slip from your neighbor. The boat on the south side is a bit beamy, and the one on the north side looks to have a bowsprit. Which one is yours?
North side, with the bowsprit (which is currently laying on my finger... sigh). The pin is actually the middle of the pin, since you're telling the map "center this pin on this position". Since the "center" of the pin is the middle of the pin, if you zoom in deep enough you naturally look at the base of the pin, and there's the rub.

So I've been meaning to find a new map marker. Something less 3D looking since that should solve the issue.
__________________
rebel heart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-02-2012, 23:27   #10
Registered User
 
deckofficer's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Northern and Southern California
Boat: too many
Posts: 4,198
Images: 4
Re: so i built this website thing...

Don't get me wrong, it is a cool map and features. Knowing where in the marina complex you are helps me understand what your daily routine might be, as to grocery shopping and taking the little one to the park. Your work boat, is it in the same marina? That would be sweet, no driving.

Looks like you have tennis and basketball not far away.
__________________
Bob
USCG Unlimited Tonnage Open Ocean (CMA)
http://tbuckets.lefora.com/
deckofficer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-02-2012, 23:37   #11
Senior Cruiser
 
rebel heart's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 6,190
Images: 3
Re: so i built this website thing...

Quote:
Originally Posted by deckofficer View Post
Don't get me wrong, it is a cool map and features. Knowing where in the marina complex you are helps me understand what your daily routine might be, as to grocery shopping and taking the little one to the park. Your work boat, is it in the same marina? That would be sweet, no driving.
Well then I'll give you a little tour of my world! Green dot is the boat, the sport fisher I work on is maybe three hundred yards and a five minute walk. The cat charter place is a mile or so (walking along the water). Little blue line is a beam reach I can sail the dinghy to the dinghy dock and grab breakfast. The whole little body of water there is called "America's Cup Harbor".

__________________
rebel heart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-02-2012, 23:59   #12
Registered User
 
deckofficer's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Northern and Southern California
Boat: too many
Posts: 4,198
Images: 4
Re: so i built this website thing...

Like I've said a number of times, "Good life". I guess you don't play tennis or shoot hoops, because one court of each is a close walk from your boat. How far is the grocery store?
__________________

__________________
Bob
USCG Unlimited Tonnage Open Ocean (CMA)
http://tbuckets.lefora.com/
deckofficer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
This Week's Cat Hunting Expedition ausaviator Multihull Sailboats 30 14-12-2012 21:10
How Important is this Ground Thingy ? Jetexas Construction, Maintenance & Refit 59 19-06-2012 01:56
Built a New Fridge janders Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 85 14-06-2012 16:55
Hauled Out This Morning Z1Krider Monohull Sailboats 47 01-06-2012 22:02
Is Anyone Trying to Cross This Week Gemini Dreams Atlantic & the Caribbean 6 10-03-2012 11:33



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 00:05.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.