Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-18-2016, 06:17 PM   #41
Veteran Member
 
City: Waterford CT
Country: USA
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 26
I use the Active Captain website on my desktop. You have to register but it is free.

I use the nautical map view and click and hold on an initial location and select "Measure path". Second step is to click and hold on your next point of interest and select "Add waypoint here". You can drag the path around and save it etc.

It is very easy and flexible. I am probably not using it to it's full capability. I think the owner/developer is a member here. Maybe he can chime in.

Cheers
__________________
Advertisement

willpep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 06:28 PM   #42
Guru
 
psneeld's Avatar
 
City: Avalon, NJ
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Freedom
Vessel Model: Albin 40
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 14,255
thank you...just never held long enough to get a window!
__________________

psneeld is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 06:30 PM   #43
Guru
 
dhays's Avatar
 
City: Gig Harbor
Country: United States
Vessel Name: Kinship
Vessel Model: North Pacific 43
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 3,968
Quote:
Originally Posted by psneeld View Post
thank you...just never held long enough to get a window!
Active Captain is one of those tools that I really under utilize. Lots of great features that I haven't taken the time to fully explore.
__________________
Regards,

Dave
SPOT page
dhays is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 06:41 PM   #44
Guru
 
High Wire's Avatar
 
City: Englewood, FL
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Irish Lady
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 1,281
I wish you could print out a list of those waypoints for those of us that have older chartplotters.
High Wire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 07:29 PM   #45
Senior Member
 
Drake's Avatar
 
City: Seabrook, Texas
Country: Independent Republic of Texas
Vessel Name: Small World
Vessel Model: Defever 50
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 338
Quote:
Originally Posted by ulysses View Post
Drake: Mile Markers are on the GICWW. If I remember correctly Houston Ship Channel is close to MM350 W. They start at the Mississippi River and go east or west.
There are mileage distances on the charts and in many of the guide books, but not physical mileage markers as on some waterways. That's what I was referring to.
Drake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 07:59 PM   #46
Senior Member
 
tadhana's Avatar
 
City: New England to Florida
Country: USA EAST
Vessel Name: Tadhana
Vessel Model: Helmsman 38 Pilothouse
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 426
Wilpep I think you are using a navigation app. There are several navigation aps that have the Active Captain data. Garmin Blue Charts is one, and Coastal explore is another. But the navigation features are not part of Active Captain I use both Garmin and Coastal Explorer and have been an active captain supporter for many years. There is no navigation program so far as I know.
tadhana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 08:01 PM   #47
Guru
 
BandB's Avatar
 
City: Fort Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 10,661
Quote:
Originally Posted by psneeld View Post
I have read it before but have yet to see where the tool is on Active Captain for measuring distances....any tips?


On the regular Active Captain website....or is this an app/chartplotter that supports Active Captain?
Website. You put your mouse on a spot and then do a hard click to pull up a menu. Among the choices are start a route and measure a path. Either way you then just add waypoints until you get where you're going. It is then saved on your card and you can access it anytime.
BandB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 08:03 PM   #48
Guru
 
BandB's Avatar
 
City: Fort Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 10,661
Quote:
Originally Posted by tadhana View Post
Wilpep I think you are using a navigation app. There are several navigation aps that have the Active Captain data. Garmin Blue Charts is one, and Coastal explore is another. But the navigation features are not part of Active Captain I use both Garmin and Coastal Explorer and have been an active captain supporter for many years. There is no navigation program so far as I know.
No, what he's shown is straight off AC on their web site with no navigation app. On the left side there is a help card at the very bottom. You might have to scroll down to it. It's very easy to miss and it's very helpful.
BandB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 08:15 PM   #49
Senior Member
 
tadhana's Avatar
 
City: New England to Florida
Country: USA EAST
Vessel Name: Tadhana
Vessel Model: Helmsman 38 Pilothouse
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 426
Well, perhaps I do not know what a hard click is, or something. I can see the AC content. I can open it and change it, but I caIn my computer the help tab merely explains what the cards are and what you can do with them. I do use their data on Coastal Explorer and Garmin BlueCharts. I'll ask Jeff and get back to you .
tadhana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 08:33 PM   #50
Guru
 
psneeld's Avatar
 
City: Avalon, NJ
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Freedom
Vessel Model: Albin 40
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 14,255
on my Dell laptop touchpad...it's a double tap and hold. In a second or so, a window for a route or measure opens up with a couple other things.
psneeld is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 08:39 PM   #51
Guru
 
BandB's Avatar
 
City: Fort Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 10,661
Quote:
Originally Posted by tadhana View Post
Well, perhaps I do not know what a hard click is, or something. I can see the AC content. I can open it and change it, but I caIn my computer the help tab merely explains what the cards are and what you can do with them. I do use their data on Coastal Explorer and Garmin BlueCharts. I'll ask Jeff and get back to you .
Hard click is hold your mouse button down.

I don't use them anything like Jeff would suggest as we have so much already on our navigation systems. We use them completely independently. We use AC always to plan marinas as we do use marinas. If we anchored, we'd use it for that. I think actually one of it's good things is that it can be used in so many different ways. Pick a point and do the hard click now...sometimes you think nothing is happening and then it does.
BandB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 08:41 PM   #52
Guru
 
BandB's Avatar
 
City: Fort Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 10,661
Quote:
Originally Posted by psneeld View Post
on my Dell laptop touchpad...it's a double tap and hold. In a second or so, a window for a route or measure opens up with a couple other things.
On my Dell it's just holding the button. When I first looked at AC it took me quite a while to figure out how to get the menu to open. Every other program I know would use a right click. Once you find it though, no problem
BandB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 08:52 PM   #53
Guru
 
psneeld's Avatar
 
City: Avalon, NJ
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Freedom
Vessel Model: Albin 40
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 14,255
Quote:
Originally Posted by BandB View Post
On my Dell it's just holding the button. When I first looked at AC it took me quite a while to figure out how to get the menu to open. Every other program I know would use a right click. Once you find it though, no problem
just tried it, left click and hold does work on my touch pad.


Havent played with it much...so far OpenCPN still wins my vote for routes, but doen't have the other info...maybe a new convert but the other will route follow with my puck GPS.....dang....
psneeld is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 08:58 PM   #54
Guru
 
Lou_tribal's Avatar
 
City: Quebec
Country: Canada
Vessel Name: Bleuvet
Vessel Model: Custom Built
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 1,245
Your solution for planning your trip is pretty simple and consist in the following steps:
1. Take a notebook and list all the places you want to visit.
2. Calculate the distance using a paper map or a software like navionics or anything else, it does not matter.
3. Based on your navigation average speed calculate how many miles you can eat per hour.
4. Calculate how much time you need to go from on point defined in step 1 to another.
5. If time is too much per day for you add intermediate points.
6. At the end when you have your navigation book all set, take the paper sheet, shred it, put it to trash as whatever you are planning will never ever be what you expect it to be. You will need to face weather, breakdown or maintenance, late sleep in the morning or even too much partying in the evening.

Like anything else a plan is valid only until it is written then it will change
Lou_tribal is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 11:30 PM   #55
Master and Commander
 
markpierce's Avatar
 
City: Vallejo CA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Carquinez Coot
Vessel Model: 2011 Seahorse Marine Coot hull #6
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 9,765
Isn't it traditional that mariners have four-hour watches? It's difficult to be fully attentive for much longer. Six hours are pretty much my limit, but I prefer four.

__________________
Kar-KEEN-ez Koot
markpierce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 11:40 PM   #56
Guru
 
Hawgwash's Avatar
 
City: Sidney
Country: Canada
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 2,143
Quote:
Originally Posted by markpierce View Post
Isn't it traditional that mariners have four-hour watches? It's difficult to be fully attentive for much longer. Six hours are pretty much my limit, but I prefer four.
Interesting question, Mark. Union slams "two watch system" study

Real captains and real drivers are regulated. You an me...not so much.
Hawgwash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 11:52 PM   #57
Master and Commander
 
markpierce's Avatar
 
City: Vallejo CA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Carquinez Coot
Vessel Model: 2011 Seahorse Marine Coot hull #6
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 9,765
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hawgwash View Post
...

Real captains and real drivers are regulated. You an me...not so much.
So, we must self-regulate. Knowing our personal limitations and paying attention to them is important since "Daddy" isn't there.
__________________
Kar-KEEN-ez Koot
markpierce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2016, 12:03 AM   #58
Guru
 
Hawgwash's Avatar
 
City: Sidney
Country: Canada
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 2,143
Quote:
Originally Posted by markpierce View Post
So, we must self-regulate. Knowing our personal limitations and paying attention to them is important since "Daddy" isn't there.
Will Active Captain lead us to that ideal world you live in?
Hawgwash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2016, 12:08 AM   #59
Guru
 
dhays's Avatar
 
City: Gig Harbor
Country: United States
Vessel Name: Kinship
Vessel Model: North Pacific 43
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 3,968
Quote:
Originally Posted by markpierce View Post
Isn't it traditional that mariners have four-hour watches? It's difficult to be fully attentive for much longer. Six hours are pretty much my limit, but I prefer four.
I may discover my limits this week.
__________________
Regards,

Dave
SPOT page
dhays is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2016, 12:20 AM   #60
Guru
 
Hawgwash's Avatar
 
City: Sidney
Country: Canada
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 2,143
Quote:
Originally Posted by dhays View Post
I may discover my limits this week.
You will be just fine. Warmer and drier too.
__________________

Hawgwash is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:59 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012