Aqua Map Master adds AIS, WiFi instrument data, USACE surveys and route explorer

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, 100-ton USCG master.

15 Responses

  1. Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

    If you’re not seeing the Master options in your settings make sure you’ve upgraded to version 12. Also, only the iOS version currently has all the features mentioned. The Android version has the USACE surveys and the other features are being implemented now.

  2. Giorgio says:

    thanks for the nice article.
    Regarding the USACE Surveys georeference “issues” we have seen just few of them in the Jacksonville district along the ICW dredged channel, but there is a 2005 survey only.
    We do not perform any georeferencing, we get the survey already georeferenced by the USACE. It may be possible the canal 14 years ago was dredged parallel (100ft shifted) to the current one.
    If you have seen this problem in other places please let us know and we will contact USACE.

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:


      Here’s an example where I’m unsure what’s correct and what’s incorrect. This is in Tampa Bay at about 27.636, -82.674 and there’s what appears to be a surveyed channel immediately east of G3 and R2. The surveys are about 5 years old here so not very recent.


      • Giorgio says:

        I see, even if it does not look a georeferencing problem, as you can see on top of your screen shot there is a dredged area that perfectly matches the survey. Also you can see that the ActiveCaptain shoaling probably at that time was north of the red buoy. It would be great having a newer survey here.
        That is the reason why we fade the older surveys for safety.

        • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:


          Based on what you see here how would you navigate this area? Would you ignore the navaids and stay to the east and north of R2? That looks to me like the best path but as you say, these are older surveys.

          • Giorgio says:

            I would follow the nautical chart that should be more up to date…but we know sometimes it is not.
            Maybe better to use also your eyes and look if the buoys are in the charted position and follow what you see.

  3. DougP says:

    If you’re a Ditch Driver, THIS is THE Ticket!
    And lots of thanks to Bob Sherer (Bob423) for his hard work with suggestions and Bate testing!

  4. James Stradling says:

    Maybe a simple question: “Why no cooperation with NMEA2000K?” Not sure if I phrased that correctly but, other than putting a translator/adaptor in line for the 0183 and SignalK messages to get to 2000K – I’m guessing there is no 2000K offering (or maybe I’m not looking in the right areas) . . . . will there be one upcoming?

  5. Claudio says:

    Currently we developed the interface with NMEA0183 to support the wider possible range of devices and SignalK for what could be the future.
    We could evaluate the development of the NMEA2000 interface but for the moment this is not in out plans.
    Claudio (Aqua Map team)

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      Its also important to note that the NMEA-0183 format being used is only the data exchange format. This can get a little confusing but NMEA-2000 data can be carried over NMEA-0183 formatted packets and that data can come from NMEA-2000 devices. So on my boat I’m using a NMEA-2000 to WiFi converter. That converter is outputting NMEA-2000 sourced data in the NMEA-0183 format over TCP. Confused? The format versus data source distinction can definitely can give rise to confusion.

  6. Ron O says:

    The new AQUAMAP Master application is a nice upgrade. I particularly find the USACOE overlays the best feature.

    However I am using on Samsung 9 Android phone. The marker numbers will not show up in the “standard” map view and only on the most zoomed level on the “colorful” view- so it has limited the functionality of the app.

    I have sent an email with issue but just got back suggestion on how to use setting which did not address the problem. Hopefully an update will fix the problem.

    Has another else had these issues on android phone?

  7. PaulGel says:

    I have Master running on an Ipad and get the signal through a Rosepoint NEMO box. It took a bit of networking advice from Rosepoint but it is working well now.

    • Dave Schoffstall says:

      PaulGel, would you mind sharing a bit more information about what you were trying to accomplish with Rose Point and how you did it. I am user of both Rose Point and Aqua Map. I am trying to figure out how to share data between the two so I cab improve overall functionality.

      • PaulGel says:

        You go to Wifi Connections under Aqua Map Master. These are the wifi settings Rosepoint advised:

        Data format NMEA, Wifi Protocol UDP, Port No 10110.

        Every now and then you have to turn NMEA Checksum off to get the traffic flow started. I haven’t bothered AM about this issue yet.

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