SEAiq apps replace ActiveCaptain with Waterway Guide

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.

18 Responses

  1. Bob McLeran says:

    There is some confusion about the SeaIQ app at the Android site. One is listed for $49.99 and another listed for $399.99. Both are offered by Sakhalin LLC. The more expensive version seems to have a few more features. Darned expensive for an app!

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Bob, the $50 version is for international use and supports all sorts of chart formats. The $400 version has special features for ship pilots and apparently is quite popular for that demanding use. You’ll find the same at the Apple Store, but what’s missing at Google Play is Android USA for $5.

    • Bill says:

      So there’s no $5 SeaIQ USA for Android?

      • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

        That’s what I’m seeing in the Google Play store, not available. I’m not sure if this is intentional or not but it’s not there.

        • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

          The SEAiq site is not clear about it, but I’ve confirmed that there is no $5 USA version for Android.

          • Bill says:

            Well, that’s a shame. For $5 I’d roll the dice to see what it’s all about. But not for $50, especially if it includes coverage for areas I’ll never use.

    • When I downloaded SEAiq for evaluation, I was presented with the upgrade screen for $49.99 in order to get:
      Waypoints and routes
      AIS with CPA
      Anchor alarm
      Plus other enhancements

      Since a navigation app without waypoints, tracks or routes would not be useful to me, I bought the $49.99 upgrade. The on screen message in SEAiq implied the $4.99 version had none of the above. Is this not true?

      • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

        Did you download SEAiq USA, Bob? It has routes, anchor watch, tracking, etc. And I only recall the $5 choice when I bought the “premium” features.

        • The title shown on the icon I have loaded is “SEAiq USA”. I was given a choice (after the 7 day intro period) to buy the $4.99 version or upgrade to the $49.99 version. According to their in-app purchase description, only the $49.99 version had the premium features (routes, waypoints, tracks, AIS, weather, etc.). I have a screenshot of the in-app purchase screen but there’s no way to attach it in the post.

        • Ben, you are right. I just downloaded SEAiq USA onto another of my iPads and when I went to the upgrade screen, that charge was only $4.99 instead of $49.99. Regardless of the icon name of SEAiq USA that I originally downloaded, somehow I must have loaded the international version and paid the $49.99 price.

  3. Richard Cassano says:

    I just mounted my iPad at the helm with a powered USB to keep it running. The first app I pulled up was SeaIQ. I like the app and look forward to working with it this summer on my cruise to Maine. In the past, my experience with the print version of Waterway Guide has been dismal. After several write ups had wrong or old phone numbers and marina info I gave up on using these volumes and took them off the boat. On the other hand i’ve experienced old hazard reports on AC, particularly in my home waters – in some cases very old which is of no help to me. I totally agree that crowdsourced AC and Waterway have to be professionally edited to keep them useful.

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Well, I did end up in the New Jersey ICW and the issue of useless ActiveCaptain Hazard Markers seems even worse than three years ago. Here’s what I just posted on the first shoaling hazard if you’re headed north from Atlantic City:

    “ALL the shoaling hazard markings going north are outdated!

    Maybe they recently dredged, but I just ran north from Atlantic City to Long Beach and did not see ANY shoaling at even ONE of the many ActiveCaptain Hazard Markers. I have four separate sonar systems on my boat, including side scanning, and even more chartplotters. So I’m pretty confident that I was right in the channel and did not miss shallow spots.

    Even if this section of ICW was dredged recently, I fear some these hazard marks still indicate a problem with ActiveCaptain. I saw at least one severe shoaling warning that was started in 2013 and almost immediately contradicted by other Captains. Why is old, disproven data still in AC?.”

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