Garmin ActiveCaptain

Garmin ActiveCaptain

By Garmin

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2017-11-07
  • Current IOS App Version: 14.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 135.75 MB
  • IOS App Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 3
From 222 IOS App 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 -



  • Garmin laid an egg on this one

    By JHerlig
    I was a Garmin BlueChart Mobile user and loved it. When they bought Active Captain and stopped supporting BlueChart I switched without hesitation and paid for new charts on AC. I could not be more disappointed. So many of the intuitive aspects of BlueChart are awkward and clumsy on AC, like accessing tide and current information. In ActiveCaptain: • Route names are limited to 15 characters (good luck with “Charleston south to Waccamaw”) • Waypoints are limited (to 500, I believe). I was trying to make a route for the ICW and it just stopped letting me add points with a message saying something about maximum number of waypoints being reached. When I clicked the HELP button and searched the exact wording of the error message I got links to ads for watches but no answers about my issue. I had literally hundreds of routes and waypoints stored in BlueChart Mobile. • On a typical ICW day of 40-50 miles and 8-10 hours the gps speed indicator will freeze at least once, sometimes more. The entire app froze several times in the 6 weeks I suffered through it, once requiring that I delete and reload it to get it to work again. • I always recorded a track in BlueChart and iNavX – important to track how far you’ve gone or how to get out of a sketchy spot by tracing your path backwards. When I couldn’t figure out where this feature had moved in AC I called support and was informed that tracking no longer exists. I have switched back to iNavX and have also downloaded Aqua Map Marine (which also uses Explorer chart data for Bahamas and has Active Captain overlay). Everything about Garmin’s ActiveCaptain feels rushed, sloppy, and thrown together, three attributes that I never allow on my sailboat.
  • Owner/Captain

    By 401 Traveler
    It is great now that it is integrated with my Garmin Chart Plottet.
  • Great app

    By gabbagabbawill
    Works great with my Garmin EchoMap.
  • Great App

    By A Latte Fun Fishing
    The app is extremely helpful, and easy to navigate. I continue to find new uses for the app and have been extremely pleased with his performance. Capt. James A Latte Fun Fishing Pensacola Florida
  • South Pipe Cay

    By Mc7537984268
    We spent a night here in east winds blowing 15-20 knots. Entry was easy at mlw with no less than 7ft under the keel using the south channel around the reef. Great holding in 10 feet about 200 ft. south east of the point. We were tide bound the entire time through 4 changes with no holding issues. You just can’t beat the view of the sand flats as they dry. Just beautiful.
  • Lousy replacement for BlueChart Mobile

    By Kendra Knieriem
    BlueChart mobile is no longer available, and this is supposed to replace it? Come on, Garmin. You can’t possibly be this out of touch with your customer base. It’s not compatible with my GPSMap 1040xs. I just purchased the plotter new as a leftover unit from a retailer. Very disappointing. BlueChart Mobile is intuitive and easy to use. ActiveCaptain is a very poor replacement. Garmin - get your head out of your rear.
  • New Port Cove Marine Center in Riviera Beach FL

    By JME-NC
    We just spent 2 weeks at New Port Cove at Lake Worth Inlet and couldn’t be more pleased with the service, location, and personnel. While waiting for a crossing window, we had some repairs done to our trawler and provisioned for a 3 month trip to the Abacos. We were an easy walk to Boat Owner’s Warehouse, Publix, BBT bank, Walgreen’s, multiple sport fishing stores, and Auto Zone and a cheap Uber ride to Walmart. The surrounding neighborhoods have seen tough times but we were met on our dog walks through them with consistently friendly people, multiple home and property renovations, and a huge presence of Rybovich boat yard’s expansion. GM Jim Nester is doing a great job updating the marina and getting (and keeping) enthusiastic and helpful staff. This was our second stay, and we will definitely be back. With all that and a 15 minute trip to Lake Worth Inlet, what more could you want?
  • No registration available

    By Too Thankful
    I’m very disappointed. I purchased what I believed was the best product available. I’m very sad to say that it has been an exhausting experience. The support team has not supported the product and I’ve been given the run around. I even purchased the updated (expensive) maps with no help. The only upside is that I didn’t mount this horrible product in my boat!
  • Great app when you get use to it.

    By Boomboom58625
    All kinds of features that make life easier. I hooked all my Garmin equipment up and it registered everything through active captain for me. Great for sending and receiving data from my iPad. Allows me to use my iPad as a portable MFD. Biggest downfall I have found is sometimes you have to close helm and then start helm again if the iPad isn't used for awhile. That said it only takes a second to do so not a big deal. Went Fishing yesterday and it was so nice to have my iPad right next to me watching what was going on wether on the bow of boat or in the cockpit. Great app in my opinion!
  • Very disappointing.

    By WZZ86
    The program interface is clumsy at best. It has a limit on how many way points you can use on any given route which makes it useless for planning a course on the ICW. If you have blue chart mobile keep it. Much nicer program.