Getting started

About us

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 traveler 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.

Registering and signing in

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.

Registering your boat

You will need to enter your boat details in order to pin your position on the map.

  1. Choose the menu: My boat -> Register my boat.
  2. Enter your boat details. If you have an MMSI number, and you transmit using AIS, then this is very simple; just enter your MMSI number and we will complete most of the registration form for you. If you do not transmit on AIS, then enter your boat name instead, you will then need to complete the registration form yourself.
  3. The final step of registration is to set your boat's position. Drag the map so that the pin is in the correct position and press the green confirmation button.

Using the map

Basic map operations

We use a Google map which allows you to switch between satellite, terrain and roadmap view. There's also a fullscreen view available (at the top right of the map) on supported devices.

When you are logged in, you will see some additional map controls which are explained in the following subsections:

Finding your boat

You can quickly locate your boat by clicking on the the My boat button shown at the top of the map.

Searching the map

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 ony searches for data on our map. You should use Google (or similar) to search the internet.

Filtering map content

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 should be obvious; 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.

Embedding the map

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.

Creating a link to the map

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.

Working with places

Types of places

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:

Places to stop:
Navigational:
Things to see:
Things ashore:

Adding a place to the map

You should add places to the map that you think will be of interest to others.

Select: Places -> Add a new place to the map from the menus, and follow the directions. You will be asked to enter and name and the type of place you want to add, and then to position it on the map.

Please follow the guidelines presented when adding a place and make the details you enter as objective and factual as possible.

Editing a place

The details page for a place should provide an objective description of that place. If the details are inaccurate, or can be improved, then you should update it.

From the place's details page, click on the Edit this place  button and make your changes.

Reviewing a place

Adding a review is quick and simple, and it let's other know your opinion of a place.

To add a review, go to the details page for a place, and look for the "add a review" link.

You can edit your review at any time by returning to the place details page, and clicking on the "Edit my review" link.

Working with boats

Viewing a boat's details

Every boat has a details page. The information shown in these pages is visible to all 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 quicky see the details for your own boat, then select My boat -> View details from the menu.

Editing your boat's details

Go to the details of your boat by selecting My boat -> View details from the menus.

From the details page, click on the Edit boat details  button to edit the boat's details.

Adding and deleting pictures of your boat

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 them.

Viewing a boat's journey

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.

The boat's details page has a summary of recent fixes for the boat, and a link to see all of them.

Editing your boat's journey

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.

Adding position fixes:

There are three ways to add a fix to your journey:

  1. Check in - 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.
  2. Manual fix - Choose My boat -> Manually update position from the menus, and manually fix your boat's position using the map.
  3. Auto update - 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.

Note that for the Check in and the Manual fix options, you can select the date of the fix. This means that you can enter places that you visited in the past if you want to show them in your journey. It's not possible to change the dates for the AIS positions you have transmitted.

Deleting position fixes:

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 reenter any that you accidentally remove.

Limiting the length of the journey shown on the map:

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:

  1. choose My boat -> View details from the menus to show the details for your boat;
  2. press the Edit boat details  button to edit your boat details;
  3. change the "Show journey from" date" to a suitable date (perhaps the start of this sailing season?)

only fixes recorded after this date will be shown on the map.

Sharing on social media

Use the sharing buttons to send a page link to a social media site or to a friend:

Facebook

When sharing to Facebook you will be given the option to either:

  • Share with your friends
  • Share in a group you belong to
  • Send using Facebook Messenger to single recipient

Twitter

Click the Twitter button to share this page on Twitter

Google+

Click the Google+ button to share this page on Goole+

Email

Click the Email button send an email to someone with a link to this page. You will simply need to enter their email address in your mail application, and press send.


















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