Originally Posted by valhalla360
Between Active Captain and other online restaurant/bar guides, I don't see it being a big draw. There are lots of resources available already.
If you don't want to go the crowd sourcing method: Getting bars to give you $5/month sounds good but it's a chicken and egg kind of problem. The bars don't want to hand over money until you can show that you have lots of clicks. You won't get lots of clicks until you have lots of bars signed up. Printing a paper version in todays world is just silly. A downloadable PDF...maybe but actual paper, no way it works out espcially if you cover a larger area.
Sorry if I'm being a downer but that's the way I see it.
IMO the paper versions of anything with ads inside are ridiculously overpriced at $40 and up. The price
of any such giude (be it Maptech
or WM catalog) should be a loss leader in any event, most likely free. Any guide distributed exclusively to cruisers/boaters has a very limited sales potential to begin with. I would have to be also picked up by non boating
publiuc to have wide enough exposure. May be a title like "Waterfront bars and restaurants" will appeal not just to boaters but to general public. And there could be (should be) regional versions in addition to national/international ones.
Personally I'd pay $20 or less for a national paper version and $10 or less for regional ones. But I may be one of the dinosaurs who prefers a good paperversion of anything to straining my eyes reading from a tablet.
Plus todays "print on demand" makes the whole thing easier to manage as start up costs are mostly in time and effort devoted.