Garmin ActiveCaptain

Garmin ActiveCaptain

By Garmin

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2017-11-07
  • Current Version: 13.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 136.52 MB
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 2
From 137 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 -



  • Best app for boaters in Alaska

    By Chipper W
    Great technology for drift fishing Alaska waters. So nice to have the I pad mounted in rear of boat while drifting the points and pinnacles in rocky areas. I can easily keep watch out for hazards while fishing rather than trying to lean in the cabin constantly and worrying. Great concept here. Chipper.
  • Epic Fail Garmin

    By Rowdy78
    Update - No change from below 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, fixed it, broke it again and finally fixed it right) 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 6 - at this point I'm almost done trying. Finally got it to load only to find my three year old Garmin 741XS won't link up with it. Tired of trying. I've sailed my Corbin 39 from Bar Harbor to the Dry Tortuga's with the old BlueChart Mobile and it was my go-to planning tool. Now Garmin throws us (Blue Chart Mobile users) 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, I expect the data on Active Captain to go very stale in no time since I suspect a vast majority of the input was coming from BCM. Can't get this to link with my Garmin chart plotter as advertised using my iPhone 6. 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 still works (but amazingly can no longer link up with with the Active Captain data). 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. On the Active Captain side Jeff must just want to puke. Thanks for the comment below Garmin - like I need to replace a three year old iPad - ya, that's the problem. From my conversations at the dock, Garmin has really poisoned the well with this stupidity of taking over Active Captain, abandoning Blue Chart Mobile, and caring less about the people that counted on it. Count on me to look at any other brand first when I refit in a couple years.
  • Needs repair

    By cap jgr
    Not working on iPhone. Shuts down almost immediately
  • Supports only the most recent Garmin plotters

    By Opie-Music
    This app is nearly useless if you do not have the absolutely newest chart plotter. My 741xs is only 2 years old and it will not update the software or import charts from my chart plotter. Two of the most important functions of the app. It keeps asking me to register my product (741xs) even though I have several times. The only thing that works reasonably well is the helm portion of the app. Sad to see this happen to a fine product(Active Captain).
  • Useless garbage

    By in th blue
    Try to register my chartplotter 741xs. Active captain told me that device was discontinued and suggested to purchase charts for $48. Technician called and told me that Active Captain works only on computer. Such a nonsense. Time to switch to B&D. Instruments and chartplotter are far more superior. This is usual Garmin junk
  • Review

    By 5554getit
    So far this is the best product they have come out with.
  • Who thought this was a good idea.

    By Seagull111
    After having Blue chart which was an excellent backup for my Garmin chart plotter now I have to buy a new Chart plotter that can talk to my IPad. I needed the blue chart since my 3400 dollar chart plotter could not use active captain. I can’t see how this mess they have made of Active Captain is in any way helpful. And the mapping costing more than twice as much is a nice touch.
  • Great potential when bugs get fixed

    By Eyes on the Green
    I really like the design of the app, but it is extremely buggy and often slow. Among the problems I’ve seen so far: * contour lines inaccurate, showing some water areas in the color of land. The soundings are still there, but the color is wrong. This is the most serious issue. Only seeing it on iPad. Check Effingham Bay, Barkley Sound on Vancouver island for example. * app crashes on first run, then runs ok on second run. This happens on my iPhone but not the iPad. * current stations shown twice in the ring when tapped on * tide and current stations disappear on iPad * very long load time for current data (intermittent) * location services don’t work on iPad. Yes, it’s turned on for the app in iOS * long time to paint charts (intermittent) * downloaded charts vanish from iPhone and need to be redownloaded frequently. Not handy when navigating outside cell coverage areas. * this isn’t a bug, but I’m disappointed the integrated weather data went away versus the old BlueChart app. I also found that updating my chart plotter’s software obliterated the Canadian charts that were formerly built in. Not cool, especially since it turns out my 3-year-old plotter isn’t supported with ActiveCaptain, but I did go ahead and buy them again to get the latest. I can get over being duped into buying charts I already owned, but I’d really like to see the app quality improve to make it usable. I do use the app for its excellent features, but I frequently have to fall back on the old BlueChart app for reliability. Don’t give up please. You can make this a five star app with a focus on bug fixes and performance.
  • Very Important and Valuable

    By Captain Hample
    I am professional captain I move vessels from the US Virgin Islands to Maine. The Active Captain helps me know good places to stop and what’s available when I get there! It is a perfect planing tool as a captain. The Best Captain Fred
  • Bad and bug filled

    By Baldaeous
    Garmin has some work to do on this one. Simply put it does not work. I have Garmin equipment and can’t even sync my waypoints from iPad to chart plotter. Not much in the way of support or instructions either. For example, does it sync both ways and if so how is priority determined. Totally frustrating. They should have hired Apple to write it for them.