NOFOREIGNLAND is a web site set up by liveaboard sailors with the aim of benefiting the liveaboard community.
It is developed as a personal hobby, in the hope that others find it useful for keeping track of friends, and for sharing places of interest with the greater community.
The name of the site is derived from a quote by Robert Louis Stevenson:
"There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign."
If you like what we're doing, then please encourage your friends to sign up and join us.
To get announcements of changes and updates join our Facebook group.
There is no process for registering with NOFOREIGNLAND, you just need to sign in to see all the data we have. Once signed in, you can register and track the position of your boat.
You can sign in using your Facebook ID, your Google account, or using your email address and a password.
Please remember which ID you used to sign in and stick to it. If you sign in using a different account (for example you signed in once using Google, and then again using Facebook) then you might see different information between these accounts.
You will need to enter your boat details in order to pin your position on the map.
Tap the button on the menu bar, and follow the instructions. It's a good idea to have your MMSI number to hand before you start as this will allow us to autocomplete much of the information required.
Everyone loves a giver, and at NOFOREIGNLAND we'll give you points whenever you contribute something of interest to the community.
|Register your boat||100 points|
|Add a place to the map||100 points|
|Review a place||50 points|
|Upload an image for a place||50 points|
|Upload an image of your boat||50 points|
|People following your boat||50 points|
|Follow a boat||25 points|
|A user found your review for a place helpful||5 points|
|A user liked an image you uploaded||5 points|
|Someone visited a link you shared on social media||1 points|
You will earn points when you use the share buttons to share a link to your boat or a place you want to tell people about on Social Media (i.e. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter). These points accumulate over time when the links are clicked on, and are calculated based upon the number of visitors directed to our site.
Basically, the more visitors your links introduce to NOFOREIGNLAND, the more points you earn.
Go spread the word!
The search field at the very top of the page provides a fast way of searching the map. Just start typing the name of the place or the boat that you are looking for and it will auto-complete all matching names.
NOTE: This search field only searches for data on our map. You should use Google (or similar) to search the internet.
You can toggle between the map/satellite view, and turn the Open Sea Maps (OSM) layer on/off using the buttons at the top of the map.
We decided to add the OSM layer as it is good quality data of relevance to mariners; it should, however, not be relied on for navigation.
The view option buttons reset whenever the map page is reloaded.
You can quickly locate your boat by clicking on the the My boat button at the top of the map.
Change the filter settings to select what you would like shown on the map.
Show the filters panel by clicking on the Filters (off) button.
The All and None settings are self-explanatory; they show either all or none of the markers.
If you just want to see places you've identified as a favourite, then the select this setting for places.
If you choose the Type option for places, you can then select the type of place you are looking for: Fuel stations for example.
Similarly for boats, you can opt to only see those that you are following, or those in the same groups as your boat.
The filters button lets you know when filters are on by displaying Filters (on). If you can't see something you expected to on the map, try setting the filters to show all.
It is possible to embed our map in your own web pages. Please note that this is and advanced feature and it requires that you have some web programming skills. If you'd like to give it a try, then click here to generate the code.
Some blogging software does not allow embedding of third party content (for example managed Wordpress sites). If your blog doesn't allow embedding, and you would still like to show your boat's journey in your blog then you could try linking to our map instead.
A place marker is used to indicate the location and details of a place of interest to cruising sailors.
A place marker should be used to describe a single place only. For example: when describing the Port Authority office at a Marina, there should be two place markers: one for the Marina, and one for the Port Authority; thus making it clear to anyone viewing the map exactly where the Port Authority office is.
The different types of places on the map are as follows:
You should add places to the map that you think will be of interest to others.
Click on the Add place button at the top of the map, and complete the form.
Please follow the guidelines presented when adding a place and make the details you enter as objective and factual as possible.
The details page for a place should provide an objective description of that place. If the details are inaccurate, or can be improved, then please take a moment to update it.
From the place's details page, click on the Edit this place button and make your changes.
Adding a review is quick and simple, and it let's other know your opinion of a place.
To add a review, click on the rating stars and (optionally) enter some text for others to seen.
You can edit your review at any time by returning to the place details page, and clicking on the "Edit my review" link.
Every boat has a details page. The information shown in these pages is visible only to signed in users.
From the map, click on a boat marker, then select the 'show details' link in the popup window to see the details page for that boat.
Or, if you want to quickly see the details for your own boat, then tap the button on the menu bar.
Go to the details of your boat by tapping the button on the menu bar.
From the details page, click on the Edit details button to edit the boat's details.
From the boat details page (for your own boat), you can click on the "Add a picture" link to add up to four images of your boat.
You can delete pictures of your own boat by clicking the trash can icon that appears on the image.
From the map, click on the 'show journey' link in the popup window for a boat to see it's journey drawn on the map.
Keep track of friends by following their boat. Go to their boat details page, and simply click on the Follow button, the heart will turn red when you are following their boat.
You can then filter the map to only show the boats you are following.
Your boat's journey is comprised of a number of position fixes along with the times they were taken. The fixes are combined to draw your journey on the map.
There are four ways to add a fix to your journey, and they are described in the following sections. Some of them allow you to specify the date of the fix, which means that you can enter build your past track to display on the map.
Go to your boat details page by tapping the button on the menu bar. From there, press the Add fix button and use the interactive map to enter the location and date of your boat position.
From a place's details page, click on the Check in button on that place's details page. A fix for that location will be added to your journey.
If you transmit your position on AIS, and you have the
Auto track (with AIS) option selected in your boat details, then a fix will be added
every 24hrs if your boat has moved.
By configuring your Iridium GO! to periodically send GPS position reports to NOFOREIGNLAND you can accurately and reliably update your position on our map from anywhere in the world.
Here's what you need to do to get it working:
1) On the NOFOREIGNLAND site:
2) Then log in to the Iridium GO! app and:
Settings -> Track
TRACKING RECIPIENTenter the following address:
Tracking Frequencyto whatever value you prefer. We suggest an hourly update.
Your Iridium GO! will now periodically send position update messages to NOFOREIGNLAND. The incoming message's phone number will be used to identify your boat and a fix will be added to your journey if your boat's position has changed.
Note that Iridium charge for sending tracking data, the costs will depend on your price plan.
If your Iridium satellite phone has the ability to send your location, then you can use this to update your position on the NOFOREIGNLAND map.
You will need to refer to your phone's user manual for your model's details. In the Iridium Extreme manual, for example, there is a section describing how to send an
SMS message to an email address, and an illustration showing the
Insert Location option:
If your phone has a similar menu to the one shown, then here's what you need to do to get it working with NOFOREIGNLAND:
1) On the NOFOREIGNLAND site:
Simply repeat the actions described in step 1 for the Iridium GO! (see above) to associate your Iridium phone number with your boat.
2) On your phone use
Insert Location option to generate an SMS message and send it to the following email address:
You will need to repeat step 2 to send an SMS message every time you want your position updated on the map. For an extended offshore passage, this could be part of your daily routine along with downloading weather reports. We recommend that you create a NOFOREIGNLAND contact in your address book to store this email address.
Note that Iridium charge for sending SMS messages, the costs will depend on your price plan.
It is possible to update your boat's position by sending an email to NOFOREIGNLAND.
Here's what you need to do to get it working:
1) On the NOFOREIGNLAND site:
2) Send an email to NOFOREIGNLAND:
The body of the email should contain two lines, the first specifying the latitude of the fix , and the second the longitude.
For example, the position of the Needles light house in the UK can be expressed as:
The above will translate to a fix at
50°39.732' N and
Note that the four tokens on each line must be separated by the bar
| symbol and:
You can see a summary of recent position fixes for a boat on the boat's details page. There is a link below this summary that will show you "all places visited by this boat". When viewing the full list of fixes for your boat, you may click on the icon at the end of a row to delete a fix.
The changes you make here will be visible the next time you view your journey. Note that deleted fixes cannot be recovered, and you will need to manually re-enter any that you accidentally remove.
By default, your journey will show all fixes ever recorded for your boat. In some cases this can get messy, especially if you plan to visit the same cruising area for a second year running.
To fix this, you should limit the fixes shown in the map by date as follows:
only fixes recorded after this date will be shown on the map.
You can share any page where you see the share icon () enabled, on either the main toolbar or on a button within a page.
Pages you can share include:
When you click on the share button a link is copied to your clipboard, you can then paste this wherever you want to share it, for example: Facebook, Twitter or in an email to family and friends.
When you share a link on Facebook, a preview will be generated (using NOFOREIGNLAND's images for the boat or the place).
For a place it will look something like this:
By sharing on Social Media sites, you earn points towards your user ranking.