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Old 22-06-2017, 19:22   #1
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Looking for interest in a new program for cruising sailors

Hi Cruisers Forum Sailors,

My cruising partner and myself have spent the last 8months developing a new interactive cruising map platform for sharing information about the worlds waterways. It's a sophisticated and easy to use program which uses google maps as its platform. Users are able to add a variety of information markers including; anchorage information, marinas, dinghy tie up points, swimming spots and navigation information (just to name a few). We developed this program because we saw the need for a tool which would allow the cruising community to connect and share detailed information about cruising grounds.

As the platform grows in users, we will no doubt see a lot of useful information on anchorages and marinas, although a real hidden benefit of this tool will be in the smaller pieces of information it will contain. Users are able to share locations of taps, bins, local shops and repair facilities, as well as information and accounts about bar entrances and passages. We can update information together to create an up to date and useful data base, as well as leave messages and comments to/for other users. We engineered the program to give users near complete control over the functions in the program. Any user can create, edit and add to any piece of information on the site. It's designed to give users a fully interactive experience.

Asides from the information adding functions, the site includes a social connection aspect with every user having a profile page in which they can add a bio, information on their vessel and their crew and post blogs and receive comments and messages from other users. Users can also leave up to date location markers on the map for family and other sailors to see.

We are aware of other attempts at this style of platform. Most notably active captain. The sophistication of our program, the freedom of access and functionality given to the users, the social connection functions and all the advantages of modern technology, is what sets Zulu Waterways apart.

The program and is and will always be 100% free to use. There is no aspect of the program that costs money. Not now, or in the future. We are cruisers too, and this is a gift to the cruising community which we hope to see grow into a useful tool for everyone.

You can check out the site at http://www.zuluwaterways.com

Or watch the video below for a brief introduction to the functions available.

We welcome any and all feedback.
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Old 22-06-2017, 20:40   #2
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Apologies if anyone has trouble accessing the site using a phone. These issues will be resolved in the next 8hrs. It works best on ipad or computer.
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Old 23-06-2017, 17:50   #3
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Looks good and simple to use.
And a quick and good response to a question as well, thank you
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Old 24-06-2017, 03:41   #4
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That looks great, signed up and will spread the word. As you say the other options aren't really as good for the smaller day to day locations like back street shops selling that connector that broke or whatever.
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Herreshoff,
This is a great idea, well done - will give it a go!
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Old 24-06-2017, 11:36   #6
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Looks very promising. Only as good as what people contribute of course - but this is a great application of crowdsourcing information. And seeing what is already posted up in Australia is some great encouragement!

Nicely done! Here's to hoping people start using and contributing.
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I like it, signed up, made an addition to see how it works (very well) and sent it on to my buddies. Nice job!
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Old 25-06-2017, 16:19   #8
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Thanks for the feedback and encouragement. It's exciting times.

The site's already building momentum with around 80 registered users signing up in the first 48hrs, which is more than we were expecting. Thanks to everyone who's checked it out. It's great to see the map starting to be filled in all around the world.
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No joy playing video with my 3rd gen IPad. Thought you might want to know. Look forward to checking it out when resolved.
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Thanks, that's good to know. Can I ask, was that trying to play the video attached to this tread? Or the video on the site?
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I was talking about the original attached file. When I go to the site (which looks great and seems to function fine, except video) the attempt to play a video gives me a 'play' icon with a slash through it - so I never get to actually try to play it.
...However I just checked with my IPhone and video plays fine - maybe I have an Ipad issue.
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Busy adding the handiest back street shops in the Algarve

Couple of thoughts - it might be handy to have a boatyard icon for hauling out and an icon for local authority offices like port captain. customs . immigration etc?

Also, being able to search both an area and icon type at the same time would be great, so you could look for "fuel" in Gran Canaria etc.

Fantastic site straight away though, I'll rant at every happy hour
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You must be PaddyB on the Zulu are you? Great job adding all those markers. The information looks good. Well done.

Yeah it's easy for us to add any icon types which don't already exist. Any ideas for marker you have, just send them through and we will add them. I will work on adding icons for boatyard and customs today.

The search issue is a little more complicated. We are going to try and prompt people to put the location as part of the title, for example 'fuel dock Gran Canaria'. This way it will come up in the search icon search. Another method we could try is to add a 'search icons within this area' function. The search would then search the areas visible on the map where the user is looking.

Thanks for your input. Keep it coming.
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Looks Amazing guys, Is it ok to copy this and link it on our Facebook Page 'Sailing Australia' https://www.facebook.com/groups/1647...?ref=bookmarks

Great Job. Joining as we speak
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Looks Amazing guys, Is it ok to copy this and link it on our Facebook Page 'Sailing Australia' https://www.facebook.com/groups/1647...?ref=bookmarks



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Absolutely you can share! We want to get it out to as many sailors as we can. Let me know if you have any suggestions for the site.

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