Garmin selects ActiveCaptain for mobile app

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Garmin International licensed ActiveCaptain's interactive cruising guidebook and integrated it into the company's BlueChart mobile app for iPad and iPhone.

Garmin is the first major marine electronics manufacturer to publicly license ActiveCaptain.

"Garmin's selection of ActiveCaptain validates our place as the standard for boating guidebook content," ActiveCaptain co-founder and owner Jeffrey Siegel said in a statement. "Bringing more boaters to the ActiveCaptain community is a huge win for the entire boating community, especially outside the U.S., where Garmin's support for international chart data will merge perfectly with our international content."

Active Captain said Garmin's full support of its data will greatly increase the number of boaters joining the ActiveCaptain community. More boaters sharing their local knowledge and cruising experiences with other boaters here and abroad enhances boating for all mariners, from weekend cruisers to full-time liveaboards, ActiveCaptain said.

Boaters have better, more current and more objective information. Marinas have a simple way to keep the information boaters use up to date. ActiveCaptain sponsors are able to reach out to more boaters with promotions while supporting the valuable resource and keeping access free for all boaters, the company said.

"We’re proud to partner with ActiveCaptain to make the boating experience even more pleasurable,” Garmin senior director of marine sales and marketing Al Sundoro said in a statement. “The content provided by the ActiveCaptain community is a great complement to Garmin’s BlueChart Mobile application — now, not only will mariners have the latest charts and service data from Garmin, but they’ll also have access to a wealth of information directly from other captains."

Garmin's new app is being formally announced this week at the Miami International Boat Show and will be shown at the company’s booth (No. 1689). ActiveCaptain support will be demonstrated with live data.

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