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    Garmin buys Active Captain-gctid808638

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/garmi...150600669.html
    "Adios Dinero"
    1997 3988 with new 330 Cummins
    Photo Credit: Whiskywizard

    #2
    My response to Jeff and Karen -

    I understand your need to further monetize Active Captain. Red Head is a money pit. But selling Active Captain to Garmin results in a terminal diagnosis for Active Captain. Garmin has to recoup their investment in AC, and can only do that by making AC proprietary.

    I do not like or support the the present marine electronics firms. I find their approach to ignore industry standards and create their own unique, overpriced networks, protocols, and chart information disgusting. Everything they do could be done cheaper and better using generic computing hardware and allowing downloading of free chart, tide, weather, etc data. Why should I bay out the rectum to get the latest update of NOAA or USACE charts when they are free to download?

    I predict that soon Garmin will alter AC to prevent it from running on non-Garmin platforms without buying a license, probably both individual user and the platform provider if even that. Rename it "Garmin Captain".

    I eagerly await the 'open' replacement to AC. I am sure the void will be filled.
    Looping on a 2859SC

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      #3
      Not surprised. Their attitude about integration into any platform, unless being paid always lead my to believe it was the end goal. So all the info that they gleaned from their members for free is now sold to a corporate presence. When will social media dupes realize??
      1986 Bayliner Contessa 2850
      In over my head for sure!!
      M/V SKUA refit
      https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...ak-gctid499442

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        #4
        If you're interested in an alternative, take a look at OpenCPN. It's an open sourced chartplotter program that works on Windows, Mac, Android, Raspberry Pi, Linux etc... There is a free Open source plugin that is very similar to Active Captain called sQuiddio.

        If you're looking for the dead simple implementation of OpenCPN and don't mind running Linux, take a look at Navigatrix. You make a USB drive, plug it in and can run Navigatrix right from the drive itself. It bundles the operating system (Ubuntu) and a ton of very useful marine apps, along with all of the OpenCPN plugins pre-installed. All free.
        Terry
        1999 Bayliner 3388
        Twin Cummins 4BTA
        Fisherman, Cruiser, Boaticus-enthusiasticus-maximus
        Member Royal Victoria Yacht Club

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          #5
          I am a big fan of OpenCPN. When I was still on the water i used it from a laptop. I an unfamiliar with squidio though
          1986 Bayliner Contessa 2850
          In over my head for sure!!
          M/V SKUA refit
          https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...ak-gctid499442

          https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...contessa-refit

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