ActiveCaptain is an online visual marine database designed around cruisers sharing knowledge with other cruisers. Based on the philosophy of content, communications, community, ActiveCaptain provides a framework that will allow fellow cruisers to share their knowledge and experience.
Born out of the frustration felt by many cruisers concerning traditional guidebooks, ActiveCaptain has adopted a “wiki-style” interface that allows users to modify information, rate marinas and other facilities, and provide information not typically found in commercial guides such as, are pets welcome, diesel price/date, internet access, slip price per foot, and many other items.
Having experienced the frustration first hand of outdated facts and a lack of unbiased information, Karen and Jeffrey Siegel conceived of the idea for ActiveCaptain, a place where fellow cruisers could go to share their own information, experiences and opinions.
With the recent release of ActiveCaptain X, now when you select the Interactive Cruising Guidebook tab you will see the new interface with new features. What won’t be different is the free access to over fifty thousand marinas, anchorages, local knowledge markers, hazards, and reviews.
The newly redesigned, interface makes it easier and faster for you to find information and make updates.
The ActiveCaptain website can now display markers on NOAA US charts making it easier to evaluate that anchorage or judge an approach.
ActiveCaptain now uses Microsoft Virtual Earth for the map and satellite images.
Expanded location search. A dedicated search now lets you find rivers, harbors, canals, islands – anything with a location name.
You’re no longer limited to selecting ICW locations by NOAA’s 5-mile increments. Selecting ICW interpolation will approximate the location of any mile marker.
There’s now more control over which markers are displayed. Choose to limit your marina display to ones carrying gas, diesel, or pump out services. Turn on only certain types of local knowledge markers.
One of the most significant additions is the new hazard marker. You can easily find problems areas, find out what cruisers are experiencing, and let others know what you’ve found. This is especially nice for ICW migration in the Spring and Fall to alert you to the changing ICW conditions.
All cruisers are invited to review the marine facilities in their area and make additions, corrections and reviews. Registering for an ActiveCaptain account is fast and simple. Each registered user will be able to access full details on every facility, to make corrections and additions, and to rate and review a facility.