Originally Posted by RegisteredUser
InReach is their GO!, but different...or something like that....
A corporate plan for marine
The Garmin InReach is a locator (like SPOT) on steriods, adding SMS. The Iridium GO! is a bona fide satellite terminal. Not really comparable.
Maybe this will cut down their spam emails? I am continually getting emails to book new AC-listed harbors. Maybe Garmin will be able to track where I actually go (thanks to relaxed internet rules) and find out that I'm not a candidate for their advertising.
Log into ActiveCaptain (AC) and check your preferences. I get only two emails from AC each week, both newsletters that I signed up for. No ads at all. No solicitations.
AltaVista was owned by Digital Equipment Corp. (does anyone remember DEC?)?
Do you know the PDP story? Why it was called a PDP? I grew up with a PDP-11, cut my teeth on an 11/750 and had a microVAX at home for a while.
I haven't used AC much... and I am not sure the advantage of integrating AC into a plotter over using it stand alone on a smart phone.
I'm real happy with AC on a smartphone app. I use the plotter for navigation. The app on my phone, laying in my bunk below, gives me plenty of time for research and planning.
I suppose Jeff wanted to cash out and good for him.
Jeff and Karen are serial entrepreneurs. This is not their first business. I know of three they have built from scratch and sold when the fun of doing something new and exciting transitioned to operations. I probably don't know about all of them. I expected this to happen someday. I hope there is a good long relationship between Jeff & Karen and Garmin. Jeff has a real personality and that sets a lot of people off. So what?
This acquisition could (could
) lead to some really good stuff. Maybe we'll see AC on Navionics. Maybe we'll see AC on OpenCPN. I hope we won't lose the AC newsletter or Karen's Marina Minute.