Thursday, March 14, 2024

Follow your favorite vessels around the world with

If you are familiar with the plugin for OpenCPN, you have probably used the popular Log Sharing feature, which allows you to follow a select number of boats around the world right on your navigation Chart, as well as send regular position updates from your own boat so that others can see where you are.

With the introduction of the new web site, we have added a couple of useful features to make the user experience a bit smoother than previously:

- the process of adding and deleting boats to your follow list has been streamlined significantly. You can now just tap on the follow this vessel button on each boat's page on squiddio (which you can locate by searching on the vessel's name or MMSI from the home page, or find in the Vessels section of a Point of Interest (POI) web page etc).  (Conversely, just tap on the Unfollow button at any time to delete the vessel from your follow list.)

- you can now follow the boats in your follow list directly on the web site, when you are not using OpenCPN. Just select the relevant option from the Layers pull down on the map in the Home Page.

Remember that you can only follow vessels that are either:

- sharing their position through the OCPN plugin

- broadcasting their positions through and AIS transponder (provided the signal is picked up by an extensive network of land station)

More on how to set up and use the Vessel Follow feature on our FAQ

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