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Old 27-09-2021, 00:24   #1
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Route Tracking Map for Blog

I’d like to embed a good route tracking map on our blog so that our family and friends can see where we are, and where we’ve been. So far, all I’ve seen are either paid services, or services linked to specific equipment. I’d rather have non-equipment specific maps, and a I really don’t want to pay. Does anyone have advice on options?
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Old 27-09-2021, 03:41   #2
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What do you mean by "route tracking"?

If you are coastal cruising and just want an end of day update, download Google Earth and put in place markers for each stop. You could also put in a measurement and then save the line...Then you can save an image in the program.

Live tracking line offshore...I think you are looking at pay services.
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https://followingsea.net
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Old 29-09-2021, 23:35   #4
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YachtDevices has a voyage recorder you could use to make into a blog tracker and record everything from conditions to tracks to anything else your sensors out out. I’m going to get one to try out.
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Has anyone had any success at doing this by exporting log data from a Sentinel Boat Monitor?
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Old 30-09-2021, 02:43   #6
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https://farkwar.com/
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Farkwar is a free position reporting service written by me. While sailing across the Pacific with my family in 2012, I noted that, while cruisers are phenomenally social as a group, the tools we use are not. The popular position reporting tools did not allow me to easily embed a map on my blog, or export my waypoints for future use. And what about Facebook & Twitter? Should I really have to post each and every link myself to let my non-sailor friends know where I am?
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I used a free service called Travelmap for my motoring trip to the yard in Annapolis, https://zanshin.travelmap.net/. I didn't stick as much energy into making it look good. You can also embed a Google Map in your pages and feed it with coordinates using their API.
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It is possible to import inReach tracking data and display it over Navionics map on your homepage or blog.


I did that to keep relatives and friends up to date when my wife and I were full time cruising. Tracking data is saved every 10 minutes and pulled from server to display on web page every 30 min. Everything happens automatically. Only recurring cost is monthly payment for inReach tracking package.


http://troll.lennukid.com
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Based on our own experience, 'live' tracking wasn't such a good idea when going offshore; too often (N of the Virgin Islands and SE Pacific come to mind) the satellite coverage does not seem to be as good as we were used to closer to home; as a result your blip doesn't move, or worse disappears for a few hours/days and everyone back home gets worried.
We had much better results in texting or emailing one friend with daily updates and getting them to broadcast it - a post on our Facebook timeline worked for us - every two or three days - NOT every day, as people come to expect it and if there isn't one they worry. Irrespective of position/weather conditions, we very rarely missed being able to get text messages through, even when we couldn't get gribs/emails/voice calls to transmit.
If you can enlist a friend that's been offshore themselves that's even better as you can then transmit a true/full status update and have them then suitably 'edit' it to prevent the non-sailors getting worked up about things which're noteworthy, but not serious in real terms.
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Just found https://sailties.net/ in a couple of months old Yachting Monthly. May be that is something you can use?
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I just checked this out. That is pretty interesting.
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Just found https://sailties.net/ in a couple of months old Yachting Monthly. May be that is something you can use?
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Greetings from Chesapeake Bay Country in Maryland, USA!

I read your posting in Cruisersforum.com relating to “SailTies” course tracking App. I have written them requesting a link. Have you used it much at all for posting dialogue, pictures, and courses traveled a few, and if so, are you pleased with result?

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Greetings from Chesapeake Bay Country in Maryland, USA!

I read your posting in Cruisersforum.com relating to “SailTies” course tracking App. I have written them requesting a link. Have you used it much at all for posting dialogue, pictures, and courses traveled a few, and if so, are you pleased with result?

Hi Alan,
I haven't used them at all. Just read about them in the magazine. I'm using my own software.
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ULLAR,
Good morning!
My boat, SIGMACHI, is at the dock and "decommissioned " for the winter; Sail Ties is apparently still in "Beta stage."
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