2021 NMEA Awards: Marine Apps-Utility: Garmin ActiveCaptain

Garmin ActiveCaptain

The free Garmin ActiveCaptain app creates a connection between a compatible mobile device and Garmin multifunction displays, maps and community. Download from Google Play or Apple to start using the app. The category of Marine Apps is one of the fastest growing in the marine industry and in its 2021 Award program, the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) named ActiveCaptain the winner.

Stay Connected

ActiveCaptain lets a boater access charts from anywhere — at home or on the water — using OneChart. It also wirelessly receives and installs software updates from a mobile phone directly to a chartplotter. The Active Captain community also lets members get inside info from marinas and fellow boaters. following is a look at some individual features.


Garmin ActiveCaptain

Using a smartphone, a user can purchase a chart at any time using the OneChart feature. Then the chart can be uploaded to a plotter through the app. OneChart also lets a captain access and update charts from a smartphone. Connecting to your plotter through the app also lets a user display text messages on the MFD display when on board.

ActiveCaptain Community

Garmin ActiveCaptain

There’s strength in numbers. When an angler downloads ActiveCaptain, he joins a community of fellow boaters for up-to-date feedback on marinas, boat ramps and other points of interest that can be synced to a compatible Garmin plotter.

Software Updates

Garmin ActiveCaptain

Receive notifications about the most recent software updates directly from the app and update the mfd wirelessly. After E-scouting a new fishing spot, a captain can plan a trip before ever hitting the water. Transfer the information directly to a chartplotter where routes and waypoints will be displayed. Additionally, a captain can upload and share Quickdraw Contours map data with fellow boaters or he can download the latest content and transfer to a plotter.

Real-Time Monitoring

Garmin ActiveCaptain

In addition to navigation, ActiveCaptain lets a user monitor the Garmin OnDeck system. If a hatch is open or the bilge pump is running, it’s displayed on a smartphone via the app. Supplement ActiveCaptain with the Garmin Helm app that lets the owner view and control a compatible chartplotter from a smartphone or tablet, even when someone else is at the helm.

ActiveCaptain is compatible with most Garmin EchoMap, GPSMap and Striker units plus the Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System.