Help with the new Skipr.net

admin | April 15th, 2014 - 09:41

We’re doing a major revision to Skipr.net to make it more compatible with, and easy to use on, today’s phones and tablets.

2014 updates to Cruising Guides

admin | April 7th, 2014 - 05:45

“The loneliness of the long distance runner”. Writing a Cruising Guide is hard work and it takes persistence, commitment and an eye for detail  to keep one up-to-date.  We have here three examples of guides, in themselves very different, which show the commitment of their authors. Each are recommended purchases.

Alan Lucas needs no introduction, his Cruising Guides are classics. After updating “Cruising the NSW Coast” a few years back, he has just come out with the 9th (!) edition of  ”Cruising the Coral Coast”. Lots of revised maps and additional photos with descriptions to go with them.  Alan’s updates reflect the changes wrought by cyclones in the past few years (no more Bundaberg City Marina…) and the management of our marine parks.

Rob’s Passage Planner is a great example of how an exercise by an individual in a cruising club expanded in scope and found grateful acceptance by a much wider audience. Rob Starkey‘s eye for detail is legendary. His Cruising Planner reflects that, but also expresses creativity in its presentation. The passage planning Chartlets are a thing of beauty. Now in its 4th  updated printing, this almanac on cruising the East Australian coast is a must-have for all cruising sailors.

Marilyn Graham‘s “Coastal Cruising Companion” is yet another take on a cruising guide. It stems of the author’s sheer enthusiasm and sense of wonder of the experience of cruising. Self published on a small scale, it adds real value to other available guides, with useful information and a sense of sharing the love of cruising. And by keeping her guide up to date and expanding its range, Marilyn shows the commitment common with her more established brethren.

All available here (and by buying them here, you’ll support Skipr.net in the process!)

Bummer, the maps stopped working…

admin | November 20th, 2013 - 14:43

[Update 2030hrs] – We’re pretty much on top of things, the site behaves as normal again. Sigh… Thanks for everyone’s understanding!

[Update 1630hrs] – we’re in the process of updating all maps. The basic Currently Cruising and individual boat maps are back up. We’ll work our way through all the other maps in the next 24 hours. I apologise for the interruption of service. Marius.

Today (Wednesday afternoon in Sydney) Google terminated support for version 2.0 of their maps.  The software library we use to deploy most maps on Skipr.net uses that version of Google maps and it crept up on us unexpectedly. Lots of egg on various faces. We’re working hard to restore maps to Skipr, please be patient, it could take a little while… We’ll post updates here.

By the way, reporting a position works fine and so does the mobile version (which you can use on the desktop as well).

Off-shore, In-touch

admin | November 19th, 2013 - 09:22

I’ll be giving a talk about some of the ins and outs of keeping in touch while cruising. We’ll start by looking at the most common options to maintain reliable internet access on a boat and going over the history, operation and future of Skipr.net.

The venue is the monthly meeting of the Coastal Cruising Club of Australia (CCCA) on Thursday 21st November at the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, 1 Green Street, Cremorne.

Here are the presentation slides:

Links

Newsletter July 2013

admin | July 25th, 2013 - 16:44

In this newsletter:

Evolving Skipr.net
Sydney Boatshow ( catch up?)
Tips&Tricks
Join Skipr Plus

Evolving Skipr.net

I’m pleased with the positive feedback we’ve received about the new position reporting page. It’s the first phase of a re-design of the site to:
  • make it more tablet (iPad) friendly,
  • updating the boat pages to the latest version of Google Maps and
  • adding further social features.
The Currently Cruising page is “bursting at the seams” with the large number of boats now actively reporting on Skipr, so we’re looking to provide a “friends page” where you can choose which boats to “follow”.  Do you have any other suggestions for improvements? Email us. [...]

Diomedea heading East

admin | April 22nd, 2013 - 20:48

As part of our “Boat of the Month” series , this month we feature Diomedea on our front page.

Many yachts head North during the Australian winter cruising season, but few venture East across the Tasman to New Zealand. That is of course only a jumping-off point for warmer climes in the Pacific – Samoa, Fiji, New Caledonia and those further East.

Word is that perhaps we’ll see Diomedea venture further afield over the next 6 to 24 months. Follow them here on Skipr.net and on their Sailblog.

Fair winds, David and Andrea…

New Position Reporting

admin | April 21st, 2013 - 15:15

We have just introduced a more convenient position reporting page. It takes advantage of the built-in GPS in many of todays tablets such as the iPad and provides instant feedback about the position you enter, even when reporting manually.

It’s use is mostly self-explanatory, but to get the most out of its features, below are a some of its highlights:

updateThe Update button appears when an automatic position is available, tap it to transfer that position to the Lat-Lon form.

markerThe Green Marker represents the position in the Lat-Lon form. The marker may be moved manually to refine the Lat-Lon form values.

arrowThe Geo (Arrow) button appears when an automatic position is available. Tap it to zoom and centre on that position (marked by a blue dot)./skp/

marker zoomThe Marker button appears when there is a Lat-Lon value in the form. Tap it to zoom and centre the marker.

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Hobart Wooden Boat Festival

admin | February 17th, 2013 - 10:16

click for full size picturesWe were totally blown away by the response to my suggestion for ‘Skiprs’ attending the Wooden Boat Festival to get together for breakfast. Over 60 people responding to the invite. We had to change the venue to cope with the numbers, causing a bit of last minute confusion despite our best efforts to contact people.

It was a thrill for me to see the enthusiasm for Skipr.net and it looked like everyone was enjoying meeting together. Thanks everyone – we’ll do it again.

The Wooden Boat Festival (pictures) has established itself as THE venue for anyone who enjoys boats and anything made of wood (or antique outboards!). It has grown into an event that every cruising sailor needs to attend (and indeed, plenty were there. Joy and I spent three days walking around and still didn’t see everything.

The enthusiasm by the volunteers who largely run the Fest is inspiring and infectious. Well done, Hobart.

Marius

Newsletter February 2013

admin | February 4th, 2013 - 07:40
In this newsletter:
Hobart Skipr Meetup 
New Reporting page
Alternative ways to report your position
Off the beaten track
Support Skipr.net
For those of you on the East Coast of Australia, I hope you and your boat survived some terrible weather over the past few weeks – it’s a good time to head South, speaking of which…

Skipr Breakfast in Hobart 10th February [Changed Venue!]

admin | February 2nd, 2013 - 19:42

T42 Cafe on Elizabeth Street PierWith so many cruising boats  in Hobart for the Festival and the Circumnavigation, there is a unique opportunity to catch up with other “Skiprs”. Catch up with boats you follow on Skipr.net or have a chat with Marius about what you’d like see next on Skipr.net.

We’re having a casual breakfast get together – nothing formal, just an opportunity to catch up with people you might have only read about on Skipr.net. Join us for Sunday breakfast on 10th February at Cafe  T42 on Elizabeth Street Pier from 0830hrs to around 1030 (this is a change in venue due to the confirmed numbers sofar !). If you’re planning to be there, drop us an email (skipper@skipr.net), so we can give the Cafe some idea about numbers – it is bound to be a busy day around the Dock that day!

Joy and Marius