Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Wellington NZ
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I built a yacht tracking, blogging and weather system for cruisers
My wife and I finished our first cruise of the pacific last year and while she went straight back to work (her old job) I unfortunately had to resign before we left and haven't found work since. So being an unemployed web developer I thought I would help out Gulf harbor radio here in nz and build a yacht tracking system primarily for their weather service they do, but that also does remote position based blogging, diving locations, snorkeling locations and walking tracks.
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Get the email addresses from the YIT help page, they are getting blocked by the forum here due to being a new member.
Its completely free and I built it for us cruisers to check in to the weather net (everything is via email) with their position and current weather. This allows the gulf harbor radio to have a list of boats, their weather and positions and groupings of those positions to come to them. It also allows people to upload their favorite diving, snorkeling and walking locations so others know where they are and can enjoy. Like Bird Island on Wallace!
Give it a try, get diving and snorkeling sites within 50 miles of vavau tonga. Send an email in with no subject and the following body to the get email address for yit.co.nz, and the cool thing is you don't even need to be registered for getting stuff out of the system.
[position]18 39.362S 173 58.892W
or get some weather for tonga and / or the high seas.
use the get email address
to register all you need to do is
use the register email address
BOATNAME as subject
This is the description of my yacht, its a ketch, blue and is 12m long. .....
then to put a position in all you need is to send an email like this.
use the send email address
[position]18 39.362S 173 58.892W
[status] Arrived in vavau, tonga. Its very nice here. The people are friendly and welcoming.
This will appear on your yacht page. Any blogs or dive locations etc that are submitted will appear on the website and be available for other cruisers to pull down via email. Blogs within X number of miles are useful as well.
You can view all the commands from the help email or the help page on the website. An email with no subject or body to the help email address pulls back the complete system guide. You can view all these email addresses on the site, I can't post them yet as I'm just a new member.
The weather command has the added feature that you can request weather reports from other yachts within X number of miles from your position in the last 24hrs.
It would be nice to get feedback and feature requests. I've already had one for anchorages and so forth. My wife and I have only been cruising for one season and hopefully will get away again in a couple of years. This time we'll be able to easily blog our way round.
TODO list that is still being worked on located here: TODO List | Yachts in Transit
Facebook posting is a big one, so updates get pushed to your facebook and comments can come back to you via email if you wish.
Mike & Dani,
Last edited by sailfish; 04-10-2013 at 01:31 AM.