Garmin ActiveCaptain

Garmin ActiveCaptain

By Garmin

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2017-11-07
  • Current Version: 14.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 135.75 MB
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 3
From 219 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 -



  • 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.
  • Dunedin City Marina

    By 2727NROSE
    Very crowed marine, tight maneuvering, left several messages on recorder for dockmaster beginning at 9:30 had no response at 1:30 I called City Hall was told dockmaster was in a meeting, at 1:36 City Hall connected me to dockmaster. Dockmaster in a snickered tone said no slips were available. A rather poor response as a city ambassador trying to attract boaters to the town.
  • 14.1 still doesn’t work

    By Trebz
    Can’t believe that this doesn’t work on an iPhone X. I have uninstalled, reinstalled, downloaded every update, emailed support and no luck.
  • All That You Need For Navigation...Plus

    By Capt Bloodletter
    I have this app on my iPad and two iPhones. It takes me where I want to go while warning me of dangers and what I will find when I get to my destination, such as; marinas, anchorages, restaurants, parts, groceries, dinghy landings, pet runs, etc. All in one, job done.
  • Great Feature

    By okiestick
    Makes updating easy!
  • 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 find places to stop and what’s available when I get there! It is a perfect planing tool for a captain. Only one down side and the reason not 5 star. The new mobile app does not have the ability to record a track. The old Blue Chart Mobile could and has many tracks I laid down. I could always refer back to good water. Not all vessels use Garmin for their main navigation system. I’m never without a backup system. Captain Fred
  • Navionics app is MUCH better

    By eme jota ce
    You can try to plot a manual route with this app, but is you try for to automatically generate a safe route between two points with land between, it will plot a course i. A straight line over land.
  • Captain

    By Kjwilliak
    Great app!