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Re: Waterway Guide Beats Active Captain

We're cruising right now and Active Captain on my Garmin Bluechart
on our IPad has been the single most useful thing on the whole damned boat!

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We're cruising right now and Active Captain on my Garmin Bluechart
on our IPad has been the single most useful thing on the whole damned boat!
Dude - what about your sails - and booze? Let's not get carried away here.

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Dude - what about your sails - and booze? Let's not get carried away here.
Good point. For the most part I don't even like messing around with sails unless there is going to be some booze involved somewhere along the way.

Does WWG list the booze spots?
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Good point. For the most part I don't even like messing around with sails unless there is going to be some booze involved somewhere along the way.

Does WWG list the booze spots?
Wouldn't that be pretty much every anchorage and marina?
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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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However, I have learned a couple of things from this thread and have to give thanks to Smack for those...
Thanks Jim. That's been my intent.
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Re: Waterway Guide Beats Active Captain

Lots of blather on this thread, a lot of it from smack. I'll use any resource that is useful. AC is useful. WG is useful. That said, I've gotten my share of bum steers from WG in print over the years, so why would I expect perfection from the WWG ap (or any other ap)?

Seriously, WG caused me serious inconvenience in FL, MD, and MA over the years, by providing incorrect information about pumpouts, boating faciities, and fuel resources. AC is not perfect either and there are some naive inputs there as well. All that said, I'll keep an open mind about emerging sources of information for sailors. Recently, I've been impressed by Garmin Bluechart (with AC).

As always, we will filter our inputs as best we can.
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That anchorage at High Island Bridge has an average rating of 2 stars in ActiveCaptain. In the approach text is says, "Silted to 2 feet on 5 January 2009." One review implies you can get in with about 4 feet but that probably is tide dependent.

It's a good thing that WG has it documented as 6-8'. I guess you've checkmated me about the quality of their expert reviewing versus the quality of the crowd, right?
2-3' is about right. Skipper Bob's Cruising the Gulf Coast 11th edition still shows 6-8'.

I'm too tired to check AC and WWG, but scratch Wallace Bayou at mile 80.4. We couldn't get in due to draft (less than 5'). So....a 66 mile day, and we are in Houma, La. tied up under the twin bridges.

Man, ya gotta love these Louisiana swamp anchorages. Bring your bug spray folks! Last night, anchored in the Charenton Drainage Canal (mile 123), the mosquitoes were ripping at the screens, and hammering on the hull for blood...

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...I'll keep an open mind about emerging sources of information for sailors...
Cool.
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Re: Waterway Guide Beats Active Captain

Read this thread with interest and conclude there is something to be said for being old school. Look at your chart and pick a spot. Do a circle the length of your expected swing around that spot. Go back to that spot and drop.
Sure it's great to put a waypoint at your spot to make sure you did it right. It's great you can plug in the spot to your anchor alarm program. And it's wonderful you can use sonic depth instead of a lead line as you creep around your circle. And sure convenient to have digital charts. But still pretty old school. And safe.
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