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
Over the past couple of years, Skipr.net has developed into a service which is valued by an ever increasing number of boat owners, their friends and family. Since this time last year, we’ve doubled the number of registered users, introduced the first version of our Smartphone/iPhone App, built more social features into the boat pages and implemented many “under the hood” enhancements.
Skipr.net has been a ‘labour of love’ since 2005 and the plan is to continue to expand its reach and functionality. While we feature some advertising and sponsorships (thank you, Boat Books), we now need profesional assistance with the website, which is beyond what we can afford with only modest advertising income. So we’ve been considering various options for getting funds to invest in the further development of Skipr.net.
After much deliberation, we have decided to:
Continue to offer use of Skipr.net for free, we want to be open to all comers.
Implement a Skipr Plus programme with additional benefits for those who are willing to contribute to the continued operation of Skipr.net
Offer special for-a-fee functionality for clubs who run special cruise events.
So , for a modest sum of $49.95 you’ll help with Skipr’s further development and gain some special benefits – join us now!
[This is the online version of an article in the May 2011 issue of the Mainsheet, the monthly magazine of the Coastal cruising Club of Australia. This month it is a bit self-referential, but I thought I’d put it up here anyway – MC]
This month, we’ll take a look at skipr.net , a Website which some friends and I especially built for cruising sailors, their friends and family.
Skipr was originally conceived on a cruise to Hobart (on Belage, the yacht of CCCA member Peter Style) in 2006. A friend had helped me build a Google map which showed the boat’s position. Having Internet access on board made it practical to build a Web based service which let others know where you were and what was happening along the way.
Today, it has matured into a popular service for cruising sailors who like to keep in touch with family and friends. I’m keen to “fold” that experience back into the Coastal Cruising Club. For those who haven’t used it, here is a quick overview of how you can have your boat displayed on the site: Continue reading “Where is that CCCA yacht?”
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. Continue reading “Skipr changes”
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.
We’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:
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]
I’ve been adding some items to the Skipr website and finding new ways for folks to be kept up to date.
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.