, the POI bomb!

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

8 Responses

  1. Bob Mueller says:

    that is a really neat website! Thanks Ben! My only complaint: it would be nice if it could somehow export a POI file to upload to a GPS. I will definitely start using this website when I go cruising!

  2. bigjohn says:

    I know Jeff through a trawlerfest, and the Trawlers and Trawlering list and can also vouch for him and his ethics. I can not believe that someone was accusing him of harvesting emails. Also, as one of the Alpha testers I can’t wait until some of the other features start to get rolled in that he talked about. Already a great product will get much better.

  3. Russ says:

    This is excellent! I already contributed a correction and a fuel dock. If this reaches critical mass an incredible amount of data can be collected in short order.
    I certainly hope this will not be limited to US ports, since those are the best documented already. What we really need more info about are foreign ports.

  4. I was one of the alpha testers and it never occurred to me that he might be harvesting emails. And, even if he is, (which he isn’t) who cares? Don’t we all have spam blockers anyway?
    The paranoid miss out on so many good things.

  5. Eliboat says:

    Well, I suppose it was only a matter of time. There are a few other cruising guides that are online (their addresses escape me at the moment) with similar objectives to ActiveCaptain, and I think it will be a great thing to watch these services mature and become indispensable. I am a big fan of good cruising guides, even really old ones, but in many cases I have found that some authors have been a little bit too careful when describing certain harbors for fear of offending the locals. Having access to unvarnished cruising experience online should bring things into balance nicely.

  6. b393capt says:

    I am very impressed, and have become a quick fan and frequent contributor.
    I can see how active captain is going to quickly put an end to me shelling out $100+ a season for updated marine facility guides which contain mostly outdated information.
    I am a software company owner, to impress me is saying a lot. This web-site is done very well in every respect. Especially in that it is very easy to be a contributor. Click and grab a map to get to your area of interest, zoom in, click on facilities that already exist, and see recently updated information and reviews.
    Want to enter your own information, it is really simple. See a mistake someone else made, that is simple to fix as well. Suddenly we are all editors of an on-line pilot guide. I am going to suggest to the authors that they create a category for “notice to mariners”, and maybe people in each local community could take responsibility for reading and posting them in active captain so we can have them appear in on active captains view of google earth!
    Some things I like about active captain:
    – When other people make an entry that is wrong, you can change it, everyone is an editor and the accuracy and relevance of the information goes way up! The marina owners are going to hate this � ask Microsoft, who is unhappy with their Wikipedia entry, and cannot get their view of themselves into the Wiki database to stick, because the community controls it. Likewise if a Marina or local restaurant provides high prices or poor service, it will be on-line for all to see, if they improve things, the same.
    – Support � I have been very happy with the support I received over the last two weeks. Granted virtually nobody needs to get support, everything is pretty self explanatory, but as I tried to push the limits of the web-site I found some inconsequential things (e.g. in an anchorage suppose to be depth, or a comment), I got responses the same or next day. This is far above the call of duty.
    Enhance your marine experience, save a tree, and get honest information about your destination, and go to and be an editor to what has unarguably established itself in two short weeks, the ultimate on-line marine guide that is open to all of us being the editors!

  7. Hello Blog Master – Have you seen the site where boaters can shop and compare real-time prices at fuel docks in the US & Caribbean? (FL, Bahamas & Carib have real time prices now, and more states will come on as the season opens). Info is free w/Basic Membership (aka, registration) and advanced services are avial through premium membership. Please check it out – we’d love to know what you think.

  8. tried We have a halfway decent connection here at Boqueron, but it was like trtying to load cold molasses. finally gave up.
    Active captain is better, but still has this problem. sites are mostly useful to ditch-crawlers who have high bandwidth connections, not to serious cruisers.

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