Garmin ActiveCaptain

Garmin ActiveCaptain

By Garmin

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2017-11-07
  • Current Version: 14.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 147.18 MB
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 3
From 265 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 -



  • Not what it used to be

    By slavanaway
    I have not used the app very much. I did not use the old app very much. But I was able to look in an area and find the Marinas, Mooring fields and other important marine services. It was easy and intuitive to use.Now it appears that the app has become what I thought it would be. Garmin bought Active Captain and Navionics so some of the best low cost tools are off the market. Buy the competition and deprecate or morph the product. That works if your main goal is to prevent competition, maximize profits, and control the market. Garmin you have succeeded
  • Active captain

    By Jetty jumper
    Impossible to connect ???
  • 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
  • Not great for planning

    By Tbs watcher
    When originally installed; everything was working. Then the detailed charts I loaded disappeared and now you can’t use the app for planning. Sort of kills the idea of the app. I don’t feel the connected boat thing.
  • Latest version has made this app completely useless, unfortunately.

    By gabbagabbawill
    I cannot view or download the maps at all now on my devices. It looks like it’s not working correctly. Was working ok before the G3 map release and the new update. My guess is they are working out the bugs, but until then, this review stays. I will update my review when it’s fixed and working again. I did like the apps functionality since my boat is on a wet slip and I can use my app at home and sync to the boat when I get there so I can spend more time on the water and less time messing with a device. That’s the whole point right?

    By fed up with improvements
    Latest update - WHAT bug fixes? Publish real release notes! Garmin, please pull HELM back out of Active Captain! Helm has been totally dysfunctional since being integrated into Active Captain. There seems to just be too much overhead with whatever else is going on in Active Captain, and connection, updating and reliability of Helm has deteriorated to the point that it simply can no longer be trusted. I simply do not understand what you were thinking that it you thought it was a good idea to integrate it. I LOVED Garmin Helm as a stand alone product. Now: Connection is now problematic. The screen locks up. It repeatedly disconnects from the chart plotter. It has to be reconnected every time you want to use it. The chart plotter shuts off WiFi and Bluetooth and has to be reconfigured to start the session again! None of this is acceptable when you are on the bow trying to keep an eye on the depth to drop anchor, or navigate through shoals! It is dangerous. The last thing one needs to be doing is running back down to the pilothouse to reestablish a connection when what you need to be doing is paying attention to the work at hand! You have managed to RUIN a great product. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pull it back out as a standalone product. There is no rational need for it to integrated with Active Captain. It adds no value by having them integrated, and doing so has ruined the utility of Helm.
  • G3 Vision charts - you can pay but you can’t download

    By RandalRombeiro
    Paid $85 to upgrade to G3 Vision charts and unable to download in the app. It is a known problem at Garmin so why continue to let people purchase the charts in the app when they can’t download them? Frustrating. Downloaded 14.2 app update today but it did not resolve the issue, still can’t download G3 charts.
  • Osprey Marina....The Best

    By KD2876
    While on our way North on the ICW, we decided to turn East between markers 26A and 26. Best Decision. These folks know how to make you feel good! Good dock hands! Good advice! Good “doggy bag”! Best showers! I can’t say enough good things about these good folks, Sherry, Brian, Mark, and all the others who made our one day stay most memorble. A must stop.......great marina!! Capt. Sea Fever
  • Problems updating charts

    By bobeast
    It seems like every time Garmin releases new firmware or charts you have to jump through hoops to get it to work. They apparently stage releases such that it often takes days or weeks from announcement to its availability in AC. Just updated my charts to 2019.0 version, and now when i touch a chart tile to download it, it just flashes and then goes dim again. I suppose i could dl the chart with garmin express and sneakernet it to my MFD, but it this point, I can’t be sure it wonʻt brick it. Stuck in limbo and $380 poorer. Update: with the new release tile downloading at least begins, but only makes it about half way through before it stops and dims the tile. Seroiusly Garmin. FIX THIS!!!
  • Great so far!

    By seasulater
    I have really liked the app. Has made upgrading my software and charts easy and now connecting g with my phone and receiving texts etc on my unit without having to pull out my phone is awesome. Very pleased so far!