USHarbors, a new crowd source player?

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.

9 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    It’s worth adding that Navionics had news about its user generated content (UGC) features in Miami. Besides becoming the first crowd sourced data to get onto chart plotters — the Raymarine e- and cSeries — it can now include user collected depth soundings. More to come on that, but isn’t it interesting how different all the marine crowd sourcing schemes are? Who will want access to all of them, and how will we get it?

  2. Kees says:

    I have upgraded my Navionics SD card with their Freshest Data program, and installed NOS 4.1 on my Lowrance HDS, and I now have the crowd sourced data on my chart plotter. How cool is that!
    The information for my local harbor (first thing one checks, of course) is a little spotty (some restaurants, but not others) but certainly worth having — like the phone number for the harbor master, stuff like that.
    At the moment we appear to be at the let’s-jump-on-the-same-bandwagon phase, there are a number of sites trying to do what US Harbors and ActiveCaptain are doing in Europe as well.
    Here are two:

  3. Rick R says:

    USHarbors is a good effort, and I am looking forward to the time when there is a whole lot more data for the SE US.
    Crowd sourcing is becoming a valuable tool for boaters. But none of the major sites are complete, although ActiceCaptain probably comes closest. Now if someone could figure out how to put ARGUS, USHarbors, Cruisersnet, and ActiveCaptain together.

  4. treilley says:

    USHarbors is an awesome site. It has really developed into a very useful cruising resource. I started posting tips there yesterday. Can’t wait to see some more user generated content.

  5. ppharman says:

    I can see that a lot of effort has gone into this. I would like to first state that I am in Puget Sound in the state of Washington. The goal is laudable, but my navigation software, Coastal Explorer, meets and exceeds the functionality of USharbors, albeit for a price.
    That said, I will be a contributor. The philosophy of user input has tremendous potential. I offer Wikipedia as an example of user input that has evolved into an extremely useful application.
    I will offer up my “secret” shrimp and crab sites. I encourage my fellow boaters and fishermen to do the same.
    Patrick Harman

  6. steverow says:

    US Harbors is a good website and I really hope it does very well. It is not new in it’s approach however, in the UK was the first provider of the chart overlay in GE known as “VisiCharts” over two years ago and free online charts courtesy of UKHO. Unlike VMH, US Harbors is more graphically intensive, requiring a greater bandwidth at sea, and if I could give them any advice, it would to be to also have a textual version suitable for slow mobile links at sea, if at all possible…but good luck to them anyway. I hope the all the effort pays off.

  7. One Petrel says:

    Another great resource that seems to be overlooked is Bloosee ( ). They have the crowdsourcing, charts, wind info, and a free iphone/ipad app. Users can create and share markers and routes as well. The mobile app is pretty sweet.
    It is true that there is not a clear solution with all of the needed info, but they seem to be making a good progress towards integrating different data sources.
    One Petrel

  8. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks! BlooSee is quite a well done web site and it looks like they have plans for more. Among other things, the charting engine is on a par with USHarbors and it’s neat that they also have charts for New Zealand and Brazil areas.

  9. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    More proof that folks living in cold climates can get stuff done: USHarbors is not only going strong but has just introduced a beautiful iPad and online magazine called Life on the Coast. 132 pages of harbors, homes, and boats from Rhode Island to Maine, FREE:

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