Saturday, September 6, 2014

Great sailing destinations: Cap Monastir, Tunisia

  • More sailors are discovering this #marina. Near: Monastir , MS, Tunisia.

First Sailing Destination in Argentina: Puerto Norte

  • More sailors are discovering this #marina. Near: Buenos Aires , DF, Argentina.

All foreign yachts in Phuket 'will have to have AIS system'

All foreign yachts in Phuket ‘will have to have AIS system’ - See more here

Before panic sets in, we are talking about AIS receivers only for pleasure boats.

Mr Phuriphat clarified that small recreational yachts would be required to carry only an AIS receiver, while larger vessels will be called on to carry an AIS transceiver. - See more at:

Friday, September 5, 2014

New: plugin for OpenCPN

Find thousands of destinations right on your OpenCPN chart

Did you know that Squiddio makes its global user-sourced repository of sailing destinations available as way-points in OpenCPN*, the leading open-source navigation and chart-plotting software?


The plugin allows users to retrieve marinas, anchorages, docks and other sailing points of interests for a specific region of the world with just one click, and view them right on their chart!

Destinations are displayed as OpenCPN way-points. By double-clicking on a way-point users can access useful information about the destination, such as the destination's average user rating, the address and phone number (where available) and a link to the Destination's page on sQuddio.

* version 3.3 or greater required

Share your seafaring knowledge with the other sailors


By following the link in the way-point, registered users can post comments about the destination, as well as rate the destination on attributes such as beauty, service and quality of Wi-Fi access (where applicable). Users can also report new destinations not yet available in the database.

Use of the plugin is free of charge (free registration is required for certain functions).

Don't plan your next cruise without it!

What better place to plan your cruise than your charting software itself? If you use OpenCPN, you will find the plug-in to be an indispensable tool for educated cruise planning. Access to thousands of images, other cruisers' comments and lots of relevant sailing information can help you identify the best marinas or anchorages ahead of time without hours of research on the web.


Download the plugin installation package for your hardware platform (32/64 bits) and OS (Linux, Windows) directly from the OpenCPN site


Enable the plugin, right-click on an area of the chart and view all the local destinations. Right-click on the destination's icon, and follow the link to the destination's page on sQuiddio to view additional information, rate the destination and post comments.

More information available here.