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Re: Waterway Guide Beats Active Captain
I suppose it's some kind of sickness, but I generally follow these types of threads...at least for a bit...because they can be entertaining. But after about the third or fourth volley I normally get bored.
I should say right off that I use AC and find it useful. I also think the rest of offerings--eboatcards, companion, etc--are positively creepy. As I've said before, I sail to get away, not to locate my BFFs and hang out. But I also know I am in the minority with this view. It's cool. To each his own.
However, I have learned a couple of things from this thread and have to give thanks to Smack for those. First is just learning about the existence of WWG's site. Always appreciate finding out about new resources and I can evaluate them to see if they work for me. Second, I appreciated learning about how AC markets itself to potential sponsors. Now I've heard it said more than once about free apps that "if you're not paying then you're the product" but the details were still pretty eye opening.
I'm going to keep using AC for now, but hope that WWG becomes a stronger competitor. Actually, for written cruising guides to the Chesapeake Bay, I far prefer the one written by Chesapeake Bay magazine to WWG so maybe THEY should write an app.
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