Skipr log-in and new boatpages

admin | November 8th, 2010 - 14:54

We’re rolling out some new features today.
Rather than needing a username (and to remember it), we’re now doing log-ins with your email address. One thing less to remember.

Default Boat Page

And we’ve re-designed the boat pages, to provide a more compact layout, and importantly to allow for a picture and description of your boat.

The last 10 position reports now appear to the left of the map and the date display control is now above the map. [...]

Skipr changes

admin | July 25th, 2010 - 19:03

This weekend we launched a re-design of the skipr.net website.  We’ve overhauled its user interface and laid the foundations for a range of new features to help cruising sailors and everyone else  interested in the tracking the movement of recreational vessels. This post describes a few of the new features. [...]

New Skipr website

admin | July 23rd, 2010 - 19:02

We’re doing a major revision of the skipr website and expect to bring it online later this week. At this stage, we’re expecting the site (including this blog) to be off the air for a few hours on Friday morning (23 July), while we bring the new site online.

SkiprFP

Tracking your boat just got even easier

admin | July 20th, 2009 - 10:01

skiprlogo.pngWe’ve been tracking yachts on this site for almost 4 years. Over the coming year, we’re expecting to introduce more ways to conveniently track your boat. Most of those features assume internet access while at sea. But we’re not forgetting internet deprived boats. From today, we’re starting a trial allowing users to submit position reports by mobile phone. You’ll still have to register your boat as per usual (here’s how), but to submit a position report, you can send us a SMS text message in the following format:

date time latitude longitude comment

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Planet Skipr mailing list

admin | April 16th, 2009 - 12:03

Just in case you were wondering where it was… The Planet Skipr mailing list had gone AWOL and it took a while to get it up and running again. It looks like it was associated with the recent addition of the mysailing.com site. I’ve taken mysailing.com off and subscribers saw a long email this morning with the news from the past week.

You don’t know what I’m talking about? Planet Skipr is a once a day email with short news items of interest to the cruising community, gathered from a variety of sources.  You can subscribe to the Planet Skipr mailing list or read more about it.
[Update - There is a continued issue with the Planet Software - sorry - we're working on it]
[Later Update - it's been fixed]
[Even later Update - we have changed the list of subscribed sites to include only those from active cruising sailors, more information, see Links and Lists]

Keeping up to date

admin | March 13th, 2009 - 13:29

I’ve been adding some items to the Skipr website and finding new ways for folks to be kept up to date.TurnLeft.jpg

Resource Pages
We recently added a page with cruising guides and one with useful links. They are primarily for those cruising North this winter, but should be useful for others as well. You’ll find them in the right hand margin of this page, under “Ports & Anchorages”.
New Mailing List for heading North
Apart from the TurnLeft mailing list which we just started, don’t forget about the Planet Skipr mailing list. It collects stories from this site and adds them to headlines from sail-world.com. You receive everything that’s happening in one email per day. Now that Cruising Helmsman is publishing some of their articles online (via My Sailing), I’ve added them to the system, so you’ll see their headlines as well in the “Daily Planet”. If you’re not already getting them, subscribe here.
Twittering
You’ll see increasing mention in the press about Twitter. While to the uninitiated, it might sound like yet another techie obsession, check it out. The idea is to write short entries about “what you ‘re doing now”. Others can easily your activities and you can follow others, so it encourages social interaction. For example, I have a @skiprdotnet account on twitter where I write whenever I add something to this site. I also have an account for @TeMoana, where I write about what we’re doing on the boat.
I’m working on an extension to the Skipr boat tracking service to (optionally) send a message to a twitter account whenever a position report is entered. It would allow anyone with their Twitter account.

Keeping up with cruising sites

admin | March 27th, 2008 - 16:50

email.jpgThe observant among visitors to this site will have seen the email subscription option in the right hand column.

Every day the system sends an email which lists newly posted items on a number of relevant Australian cruising sites. It makes for a very convenient way of keeping up with local cruising news.

If you know of other sites which should be included, leave a comment with the site details.

Here are the sites currently “monitored”:

as well as the following weblogs of Cruising boats and their owners

For those “in the know”, this is a “mashup” of Feedburner‘s email subscription service, the Planet aggregator and the sites listed above which all provide”feeds”.

Tracking boats with Google Maps

admin | March 22nd, 2008 - 07:54

It’s been a two years since I built the “Where is” skipr.net map service to allow others to follow along, when I was a crew member on Belage, sailing to Hobart. Since then, Google has made it much easier for mere mortals to mark up a map and sharing it with others. Also, the resolution of satellite imaging on Google has much improved over that time.

So here is a short tutorial showing how simple it is to build your own “Where is My Boat” page. The only thing you’ll need is a Google login (a Gmail account), which is easy to get and free.

Step 1

Go to maps.google.com.au and click on My Maps

Map1-1

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Update

admin | February 1st, 2008 - 09:54

Click for larger mapApart from writing here more or less regularly, I have also started capturing information about places where we’ve been. Click on the map for more details or you can see a list on the right.

Not sure how this will evolve or how useful it will be to others, time will tell.

Comments or contributions are most welcome. Use the comments here or send me an email at “marius at coomans dot com”.

Update

admin | March 14th, 2006 - 12:15

We made more progress toward a more consistent feel for the entire site, while keeping the critical “entry” pages small in size and compatible with as many browsers, including those on mobile devices.

Also, the system will keep you logged in for an extended period so you’ll only rarely asked for a log in.

Much remains to be done, but the site is quite functional now. I hope to improve site documentation in the coming week.