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CE in the UK, the Rowlandson POI extravaganza

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher since 4/12/2005, and now excited to have Ben Stein as a very able colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2018 and beyond.

2 Responses

  1. steverow says:

    Hi Ben,
    Thank you very much for the entry.Totally unexpected.
    In doing this, my sole reason was so that others in Europe can enjoy this wonderful forward looking Program for themselves. I couldn’t have done it without the total support of Steve Bryant and Maury McKenzie at http://www.visitmyharbour.com and Rod Lord at http://www.yachtpilot.net, as well as help from Steve Ashton at the UK MetOffice and “shux” at the MCGA. It took about four months in total and I enjoyed every minute of it and learnt sooo much about our coastsline and marine heritage.
    Users will also find three rows of links between London and the South coast which bring up sites of nearly evrything nautically “info” of interest in the UK and near Continental Countries. I’m still looking for the last four or five to complete the bottom row. (any suggestions anyone??).
    It’s a shame about East and North Scotland, it’s not that there’s nothing there, but it was difficult to find, and I would have had to go “commercial” to get the input, which for me defeats the object of a community guide book.
    The same applied to Scandinavia and Germany, not really any pilotage web sites to work with, so I did as much as a could. It needs someone resident in those countries to take the project further and help CE do well there.
    VMH has more Harbours to do in 2011 and I will ask if those can also be included in Ce.net. I think Eire, Northern Ireland and some more Scottish ones are planned. http://www.yachtpilot.net has also recently added the West of England to it’s portfolio, and I will be including them as soon as time permits.
    Kind regards to all and especially to all who made this possible.

  2. Richard C says:

    Last year was the first time I found ActiveCaptain (as used in CE) to be far more helpful then a printed cruising guide. I liked the honest, “say it like it is” style some posters use to describe their impression or experience with an anchorage or the facilities offered in a particular harbor. Traditional published paperback guide books never say anything negative about anything or else they would lose advertising revenue – every Marina is wonderful. In some cases, printed information were years out of date like phone numbers, but ActiveCaptain was found to be current, honest and very easy to use. After becoming frustrated with cruising guides they stayed on the shelf this summer.
    However, as this POI feature becomes more popular I would caution against letting it also become commercialized as this would turn it into just another, “every marina is perfect” style publication with outdated data. I’m not interested in going back to guide information influenced by advertising. Please let the Captains say it as they see it, miss spelling and all.

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