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6 hours ago, brick said:

I joined. Have the App on my phone. Just not sure what it does...

I am getting too old...

brick

Hey Brick,

Have you check out our website or the knowledge base?

1. Communiy - You can add boating friends to your community and always keep up on their location on the water. (Note) There are privacy settings in the Gear icon so that you can be invisible, visible to your friends, or visible to anyone.

2. Points of interest - at the moment we have populated marine points of interest in 7 States - Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Florida. (Note) - we would grow into other states as soon as we started to learn where users would like it to grow. In your case it seems that Maine should be added to our list and we will begin building points for your location. Also - you can create points of interest by tapping on the screen and mapping locations for other users. 

3. SOS - This feature is helpful when their are nearby users, friends, family, or marine services. The feature does 2 things 1. immediately notifies anyone around you who are running the app within 5 miles with a push notification and the notification can share your location in real time. 2. Anyone you have added as a friend will receive the notification regardless of distance.

4. Events/Activities - this feature is used to list any potential event or activity that may be occurring near you. Anyone can create an event by tapping on the map screen and choosing Event or "RaftUp" set a date and time.

At the moment those are the features. We will have more states added soon.

Cheers,

Corey

 

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11 minutes ago, Duane2135 said:

I installed it.  Please explain the difference between free vs paid features.

We decided to not plaster advertisement all over the application as we are looking to a Subscription model. We noted the pricing details on our website as well.

At the moment we do not have a way to limit usage to the states in which we are starting. (Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Florida, and Louisiana.) 

Free 

  • Access to map to view points of interest (for those users in areas that have point of interest information)
  • Submit an SOS notification to share location with nearby users

Paid

  • Free features plus
  • Add friends
  • Create Points of Interest
  • Create Events/ Activities
  • Filter Points of Interest & Events

 

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do you have a one-pager or flyer I can print out and put up in my marina to help advertize?

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On 9/6/2016 at 1:36 PM, pointblankster said:

Thanks for the sweet merchandise, Corey!  

 

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You are most welcome! Thank you for joining and helping us.

Cheers!

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3 hours ago, BoatingSam said:

Same here! Thanks for all the gear! 

Sam, 

Thank you for helping us map out Lake Sebago in Maine and your continued feedback on how we can improve.

Cheers,

Corey

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On ‎5‎/‎25‎/‎2016 at 1:36 PM, rzrbckchap said:

Hello Fellow Chappy Fans and Owners,

It's been a very long time since last I posted on the Chaparral Forum and for good reason. I have been busy building a startup "RaftUp" and namesake app for recreational boaters could use to keep in touch and potentially add some safety. I am a big Chaparral Boating fan and ex-owner "I sold my boat for my startup", a big portion of what drove me to build this technology was inspired by my long experience with all things boating, boat ownership of a 2008 Chaparral 276 SSX and the Chaparral Community.

I know that there are several wonderful navigation apps out there and that's great - RaftUp isn't another nav app, it's something different and I hope that you may be interested to check it out. We are just getting started and hope to learn and grow from this group.

We have had some great press of late and I wanted to finally share the news with this community. 

http://tech.co/how-raftup-is-making-a-splash-this-summer-2016-05?

Cheers!

RZRBCKCHAP

www.raftup.com

Corey Boelkens

Not to seam like a jerk, but isn't this anther form of A.I.S.??

With AIS hooked up to my GPS, I can search and see who is around me.  AIS transducers are about 600 to 700 deer, which is the only bad point. 

This get a little crazy, but when going to P-town from Boston. I can see the fast ferry overtaking me on my GPS. Which is great info since at times they can do 10 to 30 mph faster than I depending on the sea conditions. This also gives me, if we were to hit, were on the GPS the collision would happen. Along with heading, speed and time of impact. 

 

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15 hours ago, Iggy said:

Not to seam like a jerk, but isn't this anther form of A.I.S.??

With AIS hooked up to my GPS, I can search and see who is around me.  AIS transducers are about 600 to 700 deer, which is the only bad point. 

This get a little crazy, but when going to P-town from Boston. I can see the fast ferry overtaking me on my GPS. Which is great info since at times they can do 10 to 30 mph faster than I depending on the sea conditions. This also gives me, if we were to hit, were on the GPS the collision would happen. Along with heading, speed and time of impact. 

 

Love the feedback. RaftUp is not intended to be another form for commercial A.I.S. systems. It's a social boating platform and it costs $0 to use as it can install on a mobile phone and be used anywhere there is a cell signal. A.I.S. systems are expensive and there are apps that have A.I.S. data in which they charge a subscription.

Also - RaftUp is intended everyone in the boat and not just the captain.

There are some wonderful overly complicated navigation apps out there and we do not want any part of that market.

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16 hours ago, Iggy said:

Not to seam like a jerk, but isn't this anther form of A.I.S.??

With AIS hooked up to my GPS, I can search and see who is around me.  AIS transducers are about 600 to 700 deer, which is the only bad point. 

This get a little crazy, but when going to P-town from Boston. I can see the fast ferry overtaking me on my GPS. Which is great info since at times they can do 10 to 30 mph faster than I depending on the sea conditions. This also gives me, if we were to hit, were on the GPS the collision would happen. Along with heading, speed and time of impact. 

 

think you hit the nail on the head with the 6-700 dollar comment.  My phone is already paid for, or an expense that has already incurred.  Plus I can take my phone boat to boat, lake to lake,  that system you can not.   While AIS is good, not sure it fits the bill nor budget for the casual boater.

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I understand to the above post!!

There are a few free AIS apps out there. I can track some of my friends as they boat up & down the east coast.

Take the first Blu-ray plays, big bucks back then. Now there under 100 deer. I think AIS in all boats will go that way, but just take longer. More so with the increase in security around ports and airports. Its almost like having radar.

But anyways................................... 

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It is a bit different than that. It does more than just track your friends.  Why don't you just download and take a look? It's pretty easy and free at least to download it. :) if you don't like or think it's pointless no one is stopping you from deleting it right? 

Ps I hope this doesn't sound to aggressive :D

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