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The ultimate connected boating experience

Modern means of marine navigation naturally need access to online content. Fortunately, a vast majority of users already have an excellent link in their pocket: A smartphone. Garmin takes the lead and ties it all together with the all-in-one ActiveCaptain app. If you own newer Garmin products, don't miss out on ActiveCaptain – it's free and it's easy.

When you connect ActiveCaptain app to your Wi-Fi compatible chartplotter for the first time, all your products are registered in your name – your hardware, your charts, your user data. Going forward, the app will download new software as new functionality emerges for your Garmin products. You can update charts or re-download your content, should you lose your SD card. Your user data are stored in the "cloud" so you will always have your waypoints. If there are Quickdraw™ Contours depth curves available in an area of interest, just download them – and the app will keep an eye out for new soundings being added in the future.

Your chart and user data are available on your phone or tablet. Plan your next trip in the comfort of your couch or send a waypoint to a friend – it’s all at hand.

On the boat, you can leave your phone safely stashed away or in a waterproof pocket – with ActiveCaptain, you can get notifications about incoming calls and messages right on your chartplotter. Monitor and operate your electronics from your mobile device¹ – keep an eye on the chartplotter from your bunk when others are at the helm.

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¹Only on compatible GPSMAP® in combination with compatible smartphone.

  • ActiveCaptain takes its name from the international sailing community of the same title.

  • Find information about your destination's marina, boat ramps, and other points of interest. Add your own reviews.

  • Charts and user data available on all your Garmin devices, and on your phone and tablet.

  • Update your chart or buy new coverage whenever you need it.

  • Control your compatible chartplotter with your smartphone or tablet wherever you are on the boat.

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