Logbook

Logbook

Logbook



TheBoatApp includes a Logbook module as the full registry of your voyages and conditions, fully searchable and shareable [Gold feature] with your crew-mates. Allowing multi-user entries (i.e. by the crew), photos, etc. Including trip log (time, location, etc), weather log, radio log, auto-logging at predefined intervals, etc. Integrated with Google Maps [Gold feature] and providing route tracing, to see your route over the map, also integrated with Windy [Gold feature] for always having a weather snapshot!

How to Access the Logbook

To access the Logbook, log in to TheBoatApp, then you may select "Logbook" from the left side menu where two options appear: "Trips" and "All Logs".

How to Create & Access Trips

Logbook is organized in Trips. Click "Trips" from the left side menu and then "+Add Trip" from the main screen to register a new trip. This is similar to just opening your legacy paper logbook to a new blank page and initiating a new trip. Now, create the new trip adding some general trip info including the name of the trip (e.g. UK Sailing Cruise, 2019, Leg-1), Origin, Destination, Distance (i.e. estimate), Starting and Closing dates, Skipper and Crew. You may skip some of these fields but make sure to fulfill the mandatory ones, identified by an asterisk. Click "Add Trip" to complete the registration.




Add the respective trip information:

  1. Boat: the name of the boat performing the trip

  2. Trip Name: something short and descriptive for your trip (e.g. UK Sailing 2019, Southampton to Plymouth)

  3. Start date: date of departure

  4. Origin: port of departure

  5. Skipper: well… the captain!

  6. More details (optional)

    1. Co-skipper: the 2nd in command

    2. Crew: all boarded souls (a.k.a. passengers manifest)

    3. Distance: estimate of the cruising distance

    4. Notes: anything you may wish to keep a note for

Click "Add Trip" to complete the registration

How to Register Logbook Records

Next, simply select your newly created trip from the main screen. Now you are inside the Logbook, in the section of this new trip of yours, and ready to add records.



Click "+Add Log" to add a logbook record. The screen below appears:


Go ahead and enter:

  1. Trip: select the trip on which you wish to register the log record (this field is visible only when adding a log record via the “All logs” screen)

  2. Date-time: fulfilled automatically, however you may edit it manually

  3. Location: you may either type and search for a place, landmark or drag the marker to pinpoint your exact location. Alternatively, you may enter your coordinates manually in the following format:

    1. Latitude: formatted as DD MM SS N/S

    2. Longitude: formatted as DDD MM SS E/W

  4. Type: There are Four (4) types of records (logs): General, Weather, Radio and Social. Depending on what you wish to log, select the respective category and fulfill the necessary additional data fields:

General Log


  1. Date-time
  2. Location: format to be used is DD MM SS.ss N/S (Latitude) and DDD MM SS.ss W/E (longitude)
  3. Notes: A record of any relevant events, decisions, etc, along with other relevant information/description of the current situation, for the specific log record
  4. Event: select the type of the event triggering this log record. This can be Routine, Course change, Landing, Emergency, Fault
  5. C.O.G.: Course Over Ground, as read from a GPS or derived from the course in degrees true between two actual positions plotted on a chart
  6. Heading: Compass reading
  7. Helm: helmsman when this log-record was registered
  8. Speed: speed through the water
  9. S.O.G.: Speed Over Ground, as read from a GPS or derived from the distance/time between actual positions plotted on a chart
  10. Trip log: accumulated distance traveled through the water, up to the current log record, as taken from the so far log records (waypoints)
  11. Depth
  12. Weather
    1. Wind speed: true wind speed
    2. Wind direction: true wind direction
  13. Sky: estimate of cloud cover given as a fraction, where 0/8 represents a clear sky and 8/8 represents total cloud cover
    1. Precipitation: precipitation type (drizzle, rain, sleet, snow, graupel, hail)
    2. Sea state: state of the sea in Beaufort scale
    3. Visibility: the degree of atmospheric clearness. To be fulfilled for times when visibility conditions are less than optimal
    4. Temperature, Air
    5. Temperature, Sea
    6. Sails: type of sails used, reefing, etc
    7. Atmospheric pressure: barometric air pressure, in mb (millibar - hPa)
  14. Systems
    1. Engine 1, 2 (as configured in the boat under which this log is recorded)
      1. State: whether the engine operates or not
      2. Hours: accumulated hours of operation, at the time of this log record
      3. RPM: Rotations per minute, at the time of this log record
      4. Checks
        1. Fuel: fuel supply system check, including the fuel-line, fuel-pump, etc
        2. Oil: oil level check
        3. Water: cooling water circulation
        4. Exhaust: exhaust’s smooth operation
    2. Other
      1. Battery 1: voltage of battery bank 1 (usually for engine)
      2. Battery 2: voltage of battery bank 2 (usually for service)
      3. Water: quantity of water
      4. Fuel: quantity of fuel
      5. Gas: quantity of gas
      6. Bilge check: confirmation of a trouble-free bilge

Weather Log


  1. Date-time
  2. Location: format to be used is DD MM SS.ss N/S (Latitude) and DDD MM SS.ss W/E (longitude)
  3. Notes: A record of any relevant events, decisions, etc, along with other relevant information/description of the current situation, for the specific log record
  4. Sea area: the sea area for the weather forecast following below
  5. Imminent/soon: forecast of weather conditions for now and up to the next 12 hours
  6. Later (>12h): forecast of weather conditions for after 12 hours
  7. Outlook (>24h): forecast of weather conditions for after 24 hours and beyond

Radio Log


  1. Date-time
  2. Location: format to be used is DD MM SS.ss N/S (Latitude) and DDD MM SS.ss W/E (longitude)
  3. Notes: A record of any relevant events, decisions, etc, along with other relevant information/description of the current situation, for the specific log record
  4. Channel: the HF/VHF channel number or frequency
  5. Station: the call-sign of the corresponding station
  6. Message: the radio-communication content exchanged

Social Log


  1. Date-time
  2. Location: format to be used is DD MM SS.ss N/S (Latitude) and DDD MM SS.ss W/E (longitude)
  3. Notes: A record of any relevant events, decisions, etc, along with other relevant information/description of the current situation, for the specific log record
  4. Files: Upload your audio/image/video files

How to Add Attachments (Photo/Audio/Video Records)

On any of your Logbook records you may attach a relevant audio, photo or even video file. These can be anything you may need to keep on the records (this is a Logbook after all!) including for example, a family video on a specific place or during a passage, a photo of a broken part for you to replace/report later on, an audio recording of a crew-mate's joke, etc. You know which additional photo/audio/video might come handy to be in your Logbook. The functionality is there!

How to Edit a Trip

Go to the Trips screen, select the one you need to Edit and then click on "Details".


The screen below would appear. Click on "Gallery" to upload photos, on "+ Add log" to a new log record, and on "End trip" to conclude this trip.

Sharing

Sharing [Gold feature] is configured on trip level. By default, any trip is shared with the configured Skipper, Co-skipper and Crew.

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