On January 20, BoatLOGGER received a mentioning award in the 2015 Pittman Innovation Awards .
The magazine goes on to write:
BoatLOGGER lets you easily design a website for your boat that includes pretty much anything and everything you could ever want. Photo albums, blogs, maintenance lists, storage for PDF manuals: it’s all there. Each section can also be either private, public or shared with friends. The company is generous about what requires a subscription and what’s free, including the core-logging feature. Annotated logs can be created from existing GPS track files or nearly automatically with free BoatLOGGER smartphone apps.
The developers are also forging multiple partnerships with other technology providers to make the site better still. For example, a bluewater log can be auto-created with DeLorme InReach tracking, and I’ve already seen a Chetco SeaSmart module auto stream engine and weather data through my phone. Individual BL sites can be grouped into a cruise site, and race management is coming soon. We’re going to see more app developers and even electronics manufacturers getting into this game. But for now, BoatLOGGER is blazing the trail nicely. Free to $40/year. IT Tack, boatlogger.com
BoatLogger has apps for both iOS and Android. These apps have now received a serious functionality boost.
The apps main function remain the same as before - to record positions, photos and events and send them to the online logbook. This creates a live and very detailed logbook of your journeys.
The new functionality in the apps make some of the core functions from the website available directly in the apps! You can now view your manuals, see your yacht specifications, view your logbooks and access special tailored radio scripts.
The ‘Social Flotilla’ sites are created for free by anyone in a matter of minutes. It follows the same concept as the ‘yacht sites’ with pre-configured data panes that provide tailor made content. The site is easy to style to look the way the user wants it.
Through the ‘Social Flotilla’ sites the whole lifecycle of a flotilla is handled:
- Before the flotilla starts
- Marketing and information about the upcoming flotilla
- Signing up and even payments from participants if needed
- Itinerary and drawing of the planned routes and schedule
- Communication of last minute changes and updates
- During the flotilla
- Live updates of where everyone is
- Live blogging from all participants
- Photos uploaded to the participants yacht sites gets aggregated on the site
- Changes and updates can be communicated
- After the flotilla
- Relive the experience by browsing the blogs, photos etc
- Replay the sailed routes by minute-for-minute playback on the sailed tracks
- Keep in touch with the participants
For the organizer of a flotilla it has never been easier! He can focus on enjoying the flotilla and interact socially while the administration, payments etc is easily handled by BoatLogger.
It is easy and free to start a flotilla site. Just go to BoatLogger.com and try!
New versions of both the iPhone and the Android version of the Logger apps has been released. The new versions are mainly released to improve the correctness of the logging. It is now also possible to keep logging while the application is not in the foreground.
Note that it is still recommendable to keep the app in the foreground as Android can arbitrarily (though uncommon)close background apps if the phone gets low on resources.
Download the latest version from iTunes and Google Play now!
Also note that the best accuracy is achieved if the phone is placed where it can get a steady GPS reception. This can be on the chart table or somewhere outside. Keeping the phone in a pocket is likely to give a spotty GPS reception and irregular logging.
For even better and more convenient logging consider a more permanent logging method such as one of our trackers or SPOT and deLorme loggers for worldwide reach. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The success of BoatLogger has been tremendous. During the period since the launch we have received feedback on improvement suggestions. To implement this has required a structural change to the site and this is now implemented. Some of the features implemented are:
- The logbook could occasionally before be broken up in too many logbook segments. A new strategy for the automated logbook segment creation has been implemented.
3rd party interaction
- Introduction of ‘3rd party datapanes’. These are datapanes that anyone can develop and make available to all users to implement on their sites.
- From the start, BoatLogger has been open for 3rd party developers to interact with the site through our API. This API has now been extended.
- Multiple sites per user
- The user related information is separated from the yacht sites
- In addition to a yacht site, a user can now have any number of other sites (social flotilla sites, race sites and other future site types)
Flexible logbook events
- In addition to the system defined events available to everyone, each user can now create his own events to suit his usage needs.
- A special type of events (M2M events, or ‘Machine To Machine’ events) is available. These are only visible to programs and automated logger devices and are not meant for manual user input.