The log book
You get a great overview over your trips! The log is divided into separate log books - perhaps one for each year, but the choice of that is yours.
Each log book is then divided into various segments. Usually each segment is one trip from leaving one port to arriving back in a port. For those doing multi-day trips perhaps you rather want to have one segment per day, to get an overview on a daily basis.
The trips are automatically plotted on the map to show exactly where you've been and already in this overview you'll see some detailed information, but by clicking on the segment a detailed log book view is shown.
The specifics of the trip are however logged in great detail as well. This could be how the weather was and changed during the trip, the sea state, how much the engine was run and specific events such as sail changes etc.
Experience shows that only a small fraction of yacht captains keep a proper log during shorter transits and many not even during longer transits. The great thing with BoatLogger is that much of the logging is automatic and the extra information is added easily from a smartphone. The simplicity and the fun of BoatLogger ensures that proper logging takes place. Keeping a log book should be natural for all yacht owners.
It goes without saying that BoatLogger fulfills all legal requirements surrounding a log book. This is described in detail in the Legal Requirements section.
What is in the log book?
The obvious data in the log book are a few positions now and then, the major events on board and the key weather data. With BoatLogger we get much more. With smartphones or special loggers key data such as accurate positions, speed, course, temperature, air pressure etc is automatically logged. Other information such as sail changes, watch changes, sightings, sea state etc is logged with a few key presses from a mobile phone. With the phones build in camera we can enhance the log book with a photo at click of a button.