Garmin ActiveCaptain

Garmin ActiveCaptain

By Garmin

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2017-11-07
  • Current Version: 14.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 135.52 MB
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 2.5
From 183 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 -



  • Much improved

    By MikeCurreri
    Every one of the improvements that I was looking for in this app (save one) has been made. That one is to change the snap feature to either be much less intrusive/ sensitive or allow it to be optional with a setting (or better yet, a sensitivity setting in the settings). We recently ripped out the entire network of three year old Furuno chart plotters, radar, sonar, AIS, etc. and replaced with Garmin. Glad we did.
  • Gracias

    By Sharkyvqs
  • Great App but had an Issue

    By Pbyrum3
    I just changed boats and was able to add the new equipment and delete the old equipment. However, I keep getting software updates for the old equipment that I no longer have (and that are not listed on the app). Unfortunately, there is no way to correct this without “resetting” the App, which means that I lose all of my downloads and have to start from scratch. That issue aside, I love active Captain!
  • Needs help

    By R!mty
    I understand that this app is trying to evolve quickly but there are far too many bugs. We are on an 8 month cruise and I continually have to delete the app to correct issues. Once you delete the app, you must redownload all of your charts. By the way Garmin, these are charts, not maps! The future looks promising but only if they fire whatever developer they hired from Microsoft’s Windows Vista days...
  • Typical Botched Software Upgrade from BIG Company

    By rwells36
    I’ve been a user of Active Captain for many years. I also am a software entrepreneur having founded and sold two companies. One of my most common efforts was migrating software data from one platform to another (ensuring fields were mapped correctly and old data ended up in the proper places). Garmin has an EPIC FAIL on their hands when they migrated the data from the old Active Captain application that worked to the new one that is riddled with issues. Simple things like phone numbers are frequently incorrect, various classifications of data point like “yes” or “no” answers to questions relevant to aspects of the services a marina offers. Finally, after purchasing hundreds of dollars of maps and loading into Garmin Blue Charts, this product that worked well was also cancelled / discontinued in favor of a newly “enhanced” Active Captain replacing Blue Charts. When I contacted support about my missing maps I was told PROVE to us you bought the software and we will let you upload it once more without paying for it a second time into (that sh!t software - my personal description) Active Captain. CONGRATS Garmin, you lost this customer loyalty thanks to your hubris and gargantuan, boated bureaucracy that can’t even get phone numbers correct. Again, EPIC FAIL Garmin!!! I dare you to reach out to me...
  • Good resource

    By Podhouse
    I like it
  • Support

    By 3478035
    Great response tech helped me with iPad problem NOT there issues!! Really quick to talk to tech, in USA good English and knowable, BEST I have experienced in years. GREAT group!!
  • Working great for me!!!

    By lcb(6969
    Enjoy using ActiveCaptain on a daily basis makes planning easy !!
  • Good app...needs maturity

    By Fishboobs
    Works well and as advertised. Makes boating fish/nav a lot easier. However, they need mature this app as it could be great. Really enjoy using it though before fishing during the week, so I know where I’m going once I’m out.
  • Won’t work when away from cell service

    By gfsjvr
    Disgusting how farming has ruined such a great app. Trying to force us to buy their latest gear has backfired. I just replaced all electronics with ray marine. Garmin won’t work with NEMA. Now they’ve ruined active captain. Don’t rely on something that will quit on you when you need it badly