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Old 09-20-2016, 06:55 PM   #21
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Bad Elf GPS with SIRF III + chipset ?
Bad Elf. Not sure of the rest. I just got it a couple weeks ago and only have tried it once on the boat. It worked pretty well.
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Old 09-20-2016, 07:05 PM   #22
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Bad Elf. Not sure of the rest. I just got it a couple weeks ago and only have tried it once on the boat. It worked pretty well.
Ok, Good choice. Bad Elf is by far the best GPS dongle.
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Old 09-20-2016, 07:17 PM   #23
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Ok, Good choice. Bad Elf is by far the best GPS dongle.
It wasn't all that expensive and was very simple to use. Both of which are very good for me.
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Old 09-20-2016, 07:29 PM   #24
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It wasn't all that expensive and was very simple to use. Both of which are very good for me.
Sure.
AND iPhone (5) compatible, very accurate high performance GPS signal. quick GPS fix, doesn't eat much battery power (iPad).
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Old 09-20-2016, 07:53 PM   #25
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Wheelhouse technology for me. Can upload invoices etc as well for good record keeping without the shoe box under the bed.
Wheelhouse looks like a comprehensive program. What is the price range for it?
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For OMC, as well as any others who may be following the discussion about BoatingSuite.com, I have communicated with the president/founder of Boating Suite. I have learned that there IS a way to backup and restore date to/from another computer. It involves using iTunes and a simple cable, similar to how you back up photos and music. I have pasted the procedure below. This really eases my tension about losing data, and makes me even more impressed with the app. Again, it's only five bucks. Here's the procedure:

Backing Up and Restoring Your Boating Suite Data:

The following instructions will walk you through the steps to backup your Boating Suite data.

Note: You must connect your device to iTunes to import data.

Backing Up Your Data

1. Launch Boating Suite on your device.

2. Click on the Settings icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.

3. Click the Backup button. You will get a confirmation that a backup file was created.

4. Connect your device to iTunes on your computer via the device’s USB cable.

5. Launch iTunes on your computer (note: wait for your device to finish syncing before continuing).

6. In iTunes, select your device then click on the Apps tab for your device.

7. Scroll towards the bottom of the Apps page and you will see a section titled File Sharing with all of your app that are able to share files.

8. Click on the Boating Suite app in the left column.

9. In the right column, you will see a backup file that is timestamped with the data/time that you created in Boating Suite.

10. Select this file and drag it to your desktop or click the Save to… button in the bottom right (you may need to scroll to see this button).

11. Verify that the file was successfully saved to your desktop.



Restoring Your Backup File

1. Find the backup file that you saved to your computer’s desktop.

2. Rename this file “boatingsuite.bak.restore” (without the quotes)

3. Connect your device to your computer and launch iTunes.

4. In iTunes, select your device then click on the Apps tab for your device.

5. Scroll towards the bottom of the Apps page and you will see a section titled File Sharing with all of your app that are able to share files.

6. Click on the Boating Suite app in the left column.

7. Drag the file boatingsuite.bak.restore into the right column on iTunes labeled “Boating Suite Documents” in the File Sharing section.
(You can also click the Add… button in the bottom right corner and locate the file).

8. Click the Sync button on iTunes to sync your backup file to Boating Suite.

9. After the sync is complete, disconnect your device from your computer.

10. Launch Boating Suite on your device.

11. You will be presented with a Welcome screen.

12. Click the Restore button.

13. You should get a confirmation message if your backup files was properly named and synced.

14. Your data should now be restored.

Note: These are in addition to being able to email data to yourself via a CSV file to Excel.

Hope everyone has a great weekend of boating.
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Thanks for the information. FWIW, I really don't like having to use iTunes to back things up on IOS devices. However, it is the way Apple set it up and not too many other options. I would much prefer if developers would use a separate data file that could be synced with soothing like Dropbox or Mega.
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Old 09-23-2016, 10:27 AM   #28
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I bought Boating Suite when it would sync with my iPad using iCloud. Then they disabled iCloud but promised a new sync function, as advertised in their developer comments. Never happened. Felt like a bait and switch to me. I now use ShipShape.
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That is odd. iCloud is such an obvious way to go. Wasn't aware that they originally used the cloud.

Dave, I agree about using iTunes. However, it works, even for a relic like me.

I just purchased Ship Shape; like the looks of it, as well.
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That is odd. iCloud is such an obvious way to go. Wasn't aware that they originally used the cloud.

Dave, I agree about using iTunes. However, it works, even for a relic like me.

I just purchased Ship Shape; like the looks of it, as well.
I don't use iTunes but then I try not to use iAnything.
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That is odd. iCloud is such an obvious way to go. Wasn't aware that they originally used the cloud.

Dave, I agree about using iTunes. However, it works, even for a relic like me.

I just purchased Ship Shape; like the looks of it, as well.

I would be interested in you impression of Shipshape. It looks good and I like the ability to have it backed up on Dropbox. I really like apps that will cross platforms such as eWallet which I can use on all my PCs, android phone, and iPad seamlessly. That is the model I wish more developers would take.
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Old 09-24-2016, 07:17 PM   #32
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I just do the maintenance stuff on logs, with Excel on my Mac, and works fine. I don't do individual trip logs, but keep track of time/calendar items. I also have a data base for parts and info mostly for maintenance in File Maker Pro, also works well.

I don't like an IOS device for this stuff... just too small. And 99% of the time I buy parts a schedule maintenance from my desk, not the boat or on the road.

But would consider a good app.....
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I don't how many of you this would apply to, but one thing I like about Ship Shape is that you can manage more than one vessel from it. We have three boats (I know, I know...) to maintain. We have our new (to us) trawler, an old O'Day 25 trailerable sloop (some habits you just can't shake) and a '56 CC woody. Being able to manage multiple boats also helps me keep track of sea time for USCG. A few years ago when I earned a 50 ton Masters rating I had a difficult time recapturing my time, even though I had over 40 years of sailing under my belt.

I'll be happy to share my results with you.

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Electronic Logbooks

I mostly use ShipShape to record trips, which includes a narrative of the trip, photos, miles, and engine hours. This information can be sorted, filtered, printed, or saved as PDF. I have also used this program to inventory major components and systems, going through each room, locker, etc., taking pictures and noting its location. For example the washer/dryer is in a guest stateroom locker; the Seaward water heater in the engine room, etc. I usually take two pictures, one of the item and the other of the label showing the model and serial number. The pics are stored in the program and get backed up to Dropbox. If I ever have a loss due to fire, theft, etc., I have proof for the insurance claim.
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