Newsletter April 2012

admin | April 27th, 2012 - 11:16

It’s been a while since we’ve had a newsletter for users of Skipr.net. A bunch of things have happened since we “spoke” last. For most of you, this will be the first newsletter, as we’ve more than doubled the number of boats on Skipr.net since the last one!

In this Newsletter:

Skipr Plus
New Features
Boat Photo competition
Notable Tracks
Island Cruising

Skipr Plus
Requests for new Skipr features are always greater than we can implement. Skipr has been a labour of love rather than a business. But inevitably we would like to do more than our manpower and (laughably small) budget allows. So we’re taking what for us is a big step, asking for a contribution from users.

Of course we want to keep usage of Skipr.net free and without obligation. On the other hand, it seems a good idea to give Skipr users the opportunity to contribute to the continued development of the service. We’re also building some specialised features which we will only make available to contributors. So, if you’d like to help us grow Skipr.net, please donate and become a Skipr Plus member.

New Features
We’ve done a lot of work in the past year on new Skipr features:

Smart Phone
– You can now update your boat’s position by phone – either iPhone or Android.

Control Panel
– We’ve made it easier to upload and display a photo of your boat, there are also some changes to support Skipr Plus members such as setting your boat’s web address and email address.

Club pages
– You’ll notice that we have some custom pages for clubs and events under the Whereis menu. Contact us if you’d like to see your club there.

Skipr Plus membership benefits
– Get an easy to remember web address for your boat (skipr.net/MyBoat), discounts on cruising books and the ability to submit position reports via HF radio or Satellite phone. And more to come!

Boat Photo competition
We’ve recently made it easier to upload a photo to your boat page. We thought that would be a good excuse to run a competition for the best boat photo. We’ll cast our eyes over all the photos of boats which appear on the Currently Cruising page on 31 May 2012 and pick a winner. The winner will be featured on our front page during June and receive a copy of Marilyn Graham’s Coastal Cruising Companion. Further details soon on Skipr’s Notebook.

Notable Tracks
You will have noticed that we’ve started featuring a “boat of the month” on the Skipr.net front page. There are many great stories on the pages of Skipr, and we look forward to featuring a different boat every month.  Not just stories of circumnavigations, but also neat stories and boat photos.

Island Cruising
The Island Cruising Association is about to set off from Opua, New Zealand on their Western Pacific Cruise. After island hopping for a month or two, they will end up on the east Coast of Australia and eventually connect with the “van Diemensland Circumnavigation” in February next year. You can find out more on their website or download their April Newsletter and of course, follow participants on the ICA Skipr page.

Finally
We’re always happy to hear from you (email  address below) with any comments, criticisms or suggestions!

Happy Sailing,

Marius Coomans
email: skipper at skipr dot net
twitter: @skiprdotnet
snailmail: POBox 521 Blaxland NSW 2774 Australia

 

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