ActiveCaptain is a visual database of marinas, anchorages, and local knowledge in a wiki-style that allows users to make additions, changes, and deletions. The database has free access for anyone. There is no cost. There are no advertisements. CASTINE, Maine, Jan. 23, 2007 - Active Captain Website (www.activecaptain.com), an online visual marine database designed around cruisers sharing knowledge with other cruisers.
Based on the philosophy of content, communications, community, ActiveCaptain provides a framework that will allow fellow cruisers to share their knowledge and experience. Born out of the frustration felt by many cruisers concerning traditional guidebooks, ActiveCaptain has adopted a wiki-style interface that allows users to modify information, rate marinas and other facilities, and provide information not typically found in commercial guides. Having experienced the frustration first hand of outdated facts and a lack of unbiased information, Karen and Jeffrey Siegel conceived of the idea for ActiveCaptain, a place where fellow cruisers could go to share their own information, experiences and opinions.
The first release of ActiveCaptain has been pre-populated with approximately 8,000 marine facilities. Each facility entry holds 116 fields broken up into 5 sections and 49 groupings. The database includes common things like phone number, lat/lon, and website, but also tracks information not typically documented - are pets welcome, diesel price/date, internet access, slip price per foot, and many other items. There is also an extensive capability for reviewing and rating a facility. Anchorages and "local knowledge" will be added next.
All cruisers are invited to review the marine facilities in their area and make additions, corrections and reviews. Registering for an ActiveCaptain account is fast and simple. Each registered user will be able to access full details on every facility, to make corrections and additions, and to rate and review a facility. ActiveCaptain is all about community. It is sharing knowledge among the community of cruisers. Access is free for anyone. The framework allows all members of the cruising community to share their knowledge and experience. It depends on cruisers helping cruisers.