Garmin ActiveCaptain

Garmin ActiveCaptain

By Garmin

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2017-11-07
  • Current Version: 11.1.61
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 106.90 MB
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 1.5
From 53 Ratings


The free all-in-one ActiveCaptain™ app provides a powerful connection to your Garmin chartplotter, charts, maps and the ActiveCaptain community for the ultimate connected boating experience. Wherever you are, you’ll have unlimited access to your cartography, be able to purchase new maps and charts, and have access to the Garmin Quickdraw™ Contours Community. Connect to the ActiveCaptain community for up-to-date feedback on marinas and other points of interest. Smart notifications¹ on your chartplotter screen keep you connected with everyone else. Plan a trip or pre-fish a lake, and ActiveCaptain will automatically sync with your chartplotter. Even view and control your chartplotter from your smartphone or tablet while you’re on the water. This app is not recommended for non-Garmin chartplotter owners and is not intended to be a standalone navigational app. The included basemap is not useable without purchasing additional charts/maps. - OneChart™ lets you access all your Garmin unit pre-load and accessory card charts and maps from your mobile device and purchase new ones - Receive smart notifications¹, such as calls and texts, on your chartplotter display when paired with the app - Connect to fellow boaters with the ActiveCaptain community for up-to-date feedback on marinas and other points of interest - Make, save and transfer routes and waypoints between the app and chartplotter - Easily upload and download the latest Garmin Quickdraw Contours content from the community - Download software updates and notifications from the app to your Garmin devices - View and control your chartplotter from your smartphone or tablet ¹See compatibility matrix -



  • What Was Garmin Thinking?

    By Super sharks
    The Bluechart Mobile was nice, weather, planning, maps, active captain info, all was great, easy to use-was more than willing to pay a subscription fee for access. Then Garmin acquires Active Captain, discontinues BlueChart and develops this crappy app that is worthless.No weather, no good planning, and maps have to be fully purchased or linked to newer 2012 garmin device list. Long time Garmin user and this poor development really makes me think twice about a future purchase. At least the navonics app is still around, hopefully Garmin won’t destroy that too.
  • Epic Fail Garmin

    By Rowdy78
    Faithful user of Bluechart Mobile from the time it hit the streets (even after the stupidity of their update issues several years back that broke it) and this piece of junk is no replacement. This app won't work at all on my iPad 4, that runs the BlueChart now. I've spent four hours now attempting to get it to work on my iPhone - at this point I'm almost done trying. I've sailed my Corbin 39 from Bar Harbor to the Dry Tortuga's with the old BlueChart Mobile and it is my go-to planning tool and now Garmin throws us to the curb with no longer supporting it. It (BlueChart Mobile) was what made "Active Captain" the great addition to the boating community it had become. Now - well, take the money and run if this is how Garmin is going to treat their customer. Can't get this to link with my Garmin chart plotter as advertised. Won't even try now since at least the chart plotter currently works. Does Garmin Beta test anything? I’d do it just to help save them from themselves. At least BlueChart mobile works - but you can’t even download it anymore. Great move Garmin. How could Garmin corporate blow buying the Active Captain name, then put this piece of junk out as the vehicle when their BlueChart Mobile was the all in one perfect boating platform that had weather, Active Captain, tides/currents, and some great planning features. Jeff must just want to puke.
  • GPS location does not work...

    By Mintonbuilt
    GPS location on the app used to work and with all Location Services turned on, it shows me in Miami?? I’m in the Bahamas! I’ve contacted customer service and after multiple responses they told me Active Captain was not designed to be a chart plotter. I don’t need it to be...just want it to show my actual location. The only thing this app is good for is plotting a course and syncing it with your chart plotter...but only after you’ve found your actual location. Was looking into a Raymarine switch but found Garmin bought Navionics! Thought paying the extra $$ for Garmin would be worth it. You guys have proved me wrong. Garmin: get your stuff together. Oh, and your customer service is only available 5 days a week?! We cruise full time but isn’t 95% of boating activity done during the 2 days you’re closed? I’m afraid all of these acquisitions are showing consumers/users you’re more interested in profitability than quality. I’ll be seeking alternatives in the future.
  • What a disappointment

    By TheSlackdaddy
    Blu Chart Mobile is a very good product. I can share waypoints with other boaters via email. I can use it away from the Garmin chart-plotters on my boat. I purchased detailed maps and weather which I’ve used every day to plan trips. This new app does none of this and what it does do is excruciatingly slow. You’re not even supporting the BCM. Why the heck not? I called tech support and was encouraged to look for software elsewhere for the functionality I wanted. I spent a ton of dough on twin 8617 screens and all Garmin equipment. I promise to purchase a competitors electronics on my next boat. This is not friendly!!
  • If you have a Garmin Compatible Chartplotter...

    By Studpuffin
    This is the app for you! I see a lot of complaints from people on this app. Does it have some bugs, yes. But if you own a Garmin Compatible Chartplotter - this app is heaven! If you don’t - don’t waste your time and just move on. Yeah I spent $30 on my BlueChart maps a few years ago. But I spent even more on my g2 maps for my Chartplotter. Now I can use the better maps on both my chartplotter and iPad at the same time. The two automatically sync when I connect to the chartplotter via WiFi. Also - many people indicate that when they register their existing SD card maps, they get a free upgrade. This is the future of Chartplotters and mobile connectivity and Garmin has the strategy right! I’ve used it for about a week so far and just love it! I still give it 5 stars even though it has a major bug that when I create routes and select existing waypoints, it moves the waypoints to the exact spot my finger clicked on in the iPad. But support was very responsive and confirmed the bug and they are working on it. This is there new base platform and they are going to constantly update, refine and add features. Yes, the rendering is a bit slower on this app then it was on BlueChart - but the maps are different and have more functionality. I suspect they’ll work some of that out in the future too. So honestly - if you don’t use a Garmin chartplotter - please don’t use this app because it’s not meant for you. No need to keep dissing the app. I understand the frustration that you can no longer get your BlueChart maps that you paid for (only if you try to install BlueChart on another device) - probably not a great move by Garmin - but given their direction I’d much rather have my real maps in my iPad and all be consistent. There are always winners and losers as technology changes and things progress. I think Garmin hit a home run on this!!!
  • WTH Garmin?

    By bolongonese
    As I try to get the bottom of the “Cannot contact the App Store” errors BlueChart Mobile reports on my new iPad Pro 10.5 I discover that BCM has been EOLd and replaced with ActiveCaptain. BCM still works (including chart downloads) on my older iPad Pro so I assumed I’d fat-fingered some configuration setting. Thanks for the heads up Garmin and the convenient upgrade path—buy the same charts again to use the new app. BCM was never my favorite mobile charting app but the charts were visually consistent with the ones installed on my Garmin chartplotter and the app performed reasonably well, modulo the occasional crashes and less-than-intuitive user experience. As an app developer I can offer you two core principles that serve me well: - Never take away something the customer paid for already - Any full resets must provide meaningful improvements over the previous version I’m gearing up for a full top-shelf electronics refresh on a new (to me) 55’ custom racing sloop including digital radar and three 12+” plotters (one for each helm and one for the nav station). Garmin was at the top of the short list but meh, maybe I should take a second look at B&G/Simrad. I hear their new doppler scanner is cool.
  • Shame

    By sailorman09
    Shame it’s no longer available on iPad, unless you are willing to buy a $5000 Garmin chart plotter. Not sure the logic behind that decision, but considering the number of iPads out there, you’re losing many customers and revenue.
  • 7612

    By whatsuupu
    I wanted to give a shoutout to the Garmin tech team for walking me through the transfer and upgrade from my 5212 to my 7612. All the steps worked perfectly, all my waypoints and numbers are all there and functioning perfect.
  • Just bad

    By kep23
    I don't where to start, just bad. Not to mention the fact they've abandoned another product we've spent money on(bluechart) and now want us to invest in another one. I just put new charts on my garmin chartplotter, but the app tell me the chartplotter is discontinued so I can't use those charts. I want to love Garmin but I need to move on from them
  • Blue charts vs this......

    By Me2222alloveragain
    I used Blue charts before - it was great, easy and friendly And.... not expensive as this, I used it on my iPad it worked great. I have no intention after seen this new app to but any more Garmin products, too expensive and too limiting