Upgrade now complete

admin | June 20th, 2016 - 09:21

We have finished upgrading the skipr.net website to use “https”. It makes it more secure and what’s more, position reporting when using the Chrome browser works again!

Updating Skipr website

admin | June 14th, 2016 - 07:47

We’re updating the skipr website to be compliant with the latest version of the Chrome browser. Things may look a bit unstable today while we do the work. We’ll let you know when we’re done!

Marius

Position reporting with Chrome is broken

admin | June 5th, 2016 - 07:57

One of the things you need to accept when running a website like skipr.net is that the work is never done…

Apart from broken links and ongoing customer support, “Things Break” occasionally. Over the past week or so, Google has rolled out version 50 (yes, 50!) of their Chrome browser, a favourite with many. Unfortunately, this version broke our position reporting and the skipr website can no longer work out where you are when reporting. Unfortunately, the change Google made is quite a major one for us (forcing a move from http to https).

Without going into the details, it is going to take us a little while to revise the skipr website to bring our functionality back to normal. In the mean time, you can still enter your position manually.

We’ll let you know here when everything is operational again.

Live Firing Activities – Shoal Bay Area

admin | September 23rd, 2015 - 09:49

Military exercises in the Shoal Bay (Qld) area are a bit of a challenge for those heading South after their Whitsundays cruise this year. The area is closed from 2 October to 26 November 2015 with no anchoring anywhere in the area.
UPDATE 14/10: It look like the authorities have relented and access to popular anchorages is now allowed – refer to this Notice to Mariners (304) for further information.

It’s on again! Hobart 2015

admin | November 23rd, 2014 - 07:57

A combination of the Wooden Boat Festival and “van Diemensland Circumnavigation” [note 1] draws many of us down to Tasmania. I’ve set up pages for club cruises (RPAYC and CYCA) to Hobart. Additionally, this time we’ve also added an open cruise page.

So if you’re planning to come down to Tasmania, participating in the vDL-C 2015 or your boat is in Tasmania anyway, email skipper@skipr.net if you’d like to be on the Cruise Tasmania 2015 page.

Like in 2013, we’re planning a Skipr get together on the 8th February, probably over breakfast. It will no doubt be famously dis-organised and casual, but it will again be good to put faces to many of the regular boats on Skipr.net. Further detail here closer to the date.

Note 1: I might officially be Australian, but as an expired Dutchman I refuse to capitalise "van".

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. [...]