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Old 15-05-2022, 06:25   #1
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Best app for free anchorages

This has probably been discussed multiple times. Iíve tried searching but then my ADD kicked in. What are the good apps for finding peoplesí remarks on free and good anchorages, specifically in New England. Not looking for input from app developers. Ideally, from users.
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Old 15-05-2022, 06:30   #2
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I like the comments included in the Navionics app. There are more older notes than newer ones, but especially for anchoring, not much changes.
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Any chart app that utilizes active captain. We use aquamaps. It shows user reviews
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You can use Active Captain.
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Navily. Works well for France and surrounding Europe.
I am aware you look primarily for New England, added it though because folks from over here also look at this thread.
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You can use Active Captain.
Active captain is still alive but does not seem to be very well since Garmin bought it and screwed it up. Iíve noticed now that most active captain comments even on Aquamap are fairly dated.
Waterway Guide also lists anchorages on Aquamap and it seems like more people are using it now.
I generally just look at the chart and pick my own anchorage. I learned a long time ago that there is usually very little advantage in following the crowd.

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Can one use Aquamap with a GPS or is it just a reference map?
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Can one use Aquamap with a GPS or is it just a reference map?
Aquamap is a full featured navigation tool. It now even shows wind, current and waves.

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This has probably been discussed multiple times. Iíve tried searching but then my ADD kicked in. What are the good apps for finding peoplesí remarks on free and good anchorages, specifically in New England. Not looking for input from app developers. Ideally, from users.
Active Captain still works. I think Garman devices can get it downloaded or you can open an account and get on you laptop. But I get mine on my AquaMap app that I have felt has greatly has been worth having.
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Those of us within the United States should remain aware that the navigation throughout the waterways is free to the public and anchoring is a function of navigating. Certainly there are safer and more protected anchorages, but "free" should not be referred to as an exception.

The exceptions for anchoring are within marked channels and restricted areas that are marked on charts near military areas; cable crossings; adjacent to bridges and port facilities, etc.

There are designated areas for anchoring marked on charts that often do not require an anchor light within their boundary, but this does not eliminate the choice to anchor outside these areas with the proper lighting and outside channels.

There has been an increase in city ordinances that overstep the federal laws giving public rights to navigation and many of these have been well accepted and are difficult to ignore.

All this considered, I think that it's best for us to keep the awareness that "free" is the norm and "restricted" is the exception to navigation.
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Yes, good point and actually a real issue as local governments install mooring buoys in the formerly good (=shallow) anchoring spots. For example I donít think you can anchor near Catalina Island in Cali at all anymore.
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I'd second the vote for looking through the Navionics app's user comments. Lots of good advice about anchorages in there.
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Those of us within the United States should remain aware that the navigation throughout the waterways is free to the public and anchoring is a function of navigating. Certainly there are safer and more protected anchorages, but "free" should not be referred to as an exception.

The exceptions for anchoring are within marked channels and restricted areas that are marked on charts near military areas; cable crossings; adjacent to bridges and port facilities, etc.

There are designated areas for anchoring marked on charts that often do not require an anchor light within their boundary, but this does not eliminate the choice to anchor outside these areas with the proper lighting and outside channels.

There has been an increase in city ordinances that overstep the federal laws giving public rights to navigation and many of these have been well accepted and are difficult to ignore.

All this considered, I think that it's best for us to keep the awareness that "free" is the norm and "restricted" is the exception to navigation.
My apologies for leaving the long quote, but:

What he said, with vehemence. NB applies to the US; other countries' laws may vary.

Absent something along the lines of some of the national parks in the Bahamas, which MAY require payment for anchoring, there shouldn't be any in the US of A; various restrictions on navigation rights are a frequent battle in FL in particular but in other places on both US coasts.

Previous scofflaws have taken the issue to court in some cases, and won, but volunteers are hard to find, and rulings of their right to anchor don't prevent local gendarmes from issuing citations...

Stay vigilant and don't be bullied...

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