Nebo, voyage tracking and social networking app

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, completed the Great Loop in 2017.

13 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Someone who names their boat “My Boat” should please stay off social boat sites 😉

    Seriously, I’m trying Nebo too and finding it fairly simple to use and well designed.

    But there are some oddities, like showing boat names in white, which works great on the satellite map but not all great on the regular map. Also, boats seem to fall off the map after a certain period. For instance, I can’t see Have Another Day (new Ben’s boat) on Lake Michigan right now though I can find it with Nebo search.

    At any rate, anyone trying Nebo please feel free to friend Gizmo. Let’s put this app through the wringer 😉

  2. Dan Norman says:

    Interesting article. I ‘m from the Channel Islands, UK and use NEBO. Its a great way to keep decent logs with far more info than I would write in a notebook.
    Totally agree though – remembering to start and stop it is giving me a headache. Esp when going out for the day and anchoring in several places for an hour or so before resuming your trip. It messes up the times if you don’t stop it immediately when you reach a destination.
    Other than that its really good – not used the other boaters features as not seen any other users in the area yet!
    Great website and blog.

  3. Hi Ben, Ben and Dan,

    Thanks for you comments, and Ben S thanks for undertaking the review.

    We’re still in the planning stages of our ‘Auto-start and Auto-stop’ functionality. Ideally, skippers will build Nebo into their pre-start steps (that’s one reason we put the pre-start checklist functionality in there), but I know forgetting to start and stop Nebo will still occur.

    Re boats falling off the map, we only display boats on the map for a few days after their last voyage. Otherwise it gets too cluttered. Not sure that explains why you can’t see “Have Another Day” on the map, Ben E. Will check it out.

    Looking forward to more comments and suggestions as you put Nebo through the wringer 🙂 . I think we do a reasonable job testing before release, but there is absolutely nothing like real world usage to uncover inconsistencies.

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Thanks for posting, Stephen. Including a pre-flight checklist is a good idea — up to now, mine was an aging little PostIt square stuck near my helm — but I had to search your FAQ to find the form at the bottom of Other/Profile/My Boats/Gizmo menu. However, once edited, it was great to see my Gizmo checklist then appear on Nebo’s opening Start Voyage page. Now I can reduce my sticky note to one word 😉

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      I might be able to shed some light on where my boat went. I did some of the final editing on the article while at home. While doing this I started and stopped a voyage to double check some details. As a result I believe my boat was shown as being at my house. While that would save me a great deal in storage expense I don’t think it would be too popular with the neighbors to park a 57′ boat in the front yard.


  4. Leftbrain Stuff says:

    Unfortunately apart from my first trip in Nebo (in a parking lot) it failed to log subsequent trips, never emailed the log and there is no evidence of the trips in the Nebo app.

    I checked out their website. It seems the team is composed of every corporate management and marketing roles but no mention of anyone technical.

    I’ll stick to OpenCPN which works a treat.

    • Stephen Winter says:

      Hi Leftbrain Stuff,

      I’m sorry Nebo didn’t work for you, but I’m sure we could address whatever happened. Just email [email protected] and it will come straight to my inbox.

      Re your observations on the make-up of our team, please be assured that there is a significant technical team reporting directly to me.

      It would be good to hear from you.


      • Leftbrain Stuff says:

        Thanks for your reply Stephen. We’ve just completed the trip down the US West Coast from Seattle to Los Angeles. We were using a number of track recorders from OpenCPN on laptops with GPS pucks, our B&G system, satcomm trackers, phones with apps and tablets with apps. I deleted Nebo as we were a little busy in the last month. So no opportunity to provide log data this time. Love the concept of Nebo but I evaluate hundreds of tech tools each year so I don’t tend to linger on anything that doesn’t provide immediate value these days.

        Would be nice to see some info on your tech team on your site. I work in tech in the US (I am an Aussie) and its the norm here to be able to identify and validate the tech talent in most startups and tech orgs.

        Thanks for reaching out. Cheers Ian

  5. Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

    I mentioned in the post quite a few people travelling the Great Loop have been using Nebo; Nebo and the American Great Loop Cruisers Association (AGLCA) have announced ( the AGLCA has adopted Nebo as their official tracking app. I’m looking forward to seeing how this works. I’m hopeful that perhaps loopers will automatically be added to a roster so they can easily find each other.

  6. Sea Dragon Capt larry says:

    Can anyone answer the following questions?
    AGLCA member Sea Dragon here.

    What do the different colors represent on the log tracking line.
    Is there a way to increase the frequency of
    My log update times automatically during my voyage

  7. Hi Larry,

    The different colors on the track represent speed ranges. You’ll see the ranges defined at the bottom of the daily log report that’s emailed after each voyage. At the moment the ranges are fixed, but we’d like to make them user definable (our vessel never goes above 10 knots, so the color ranges above that are useless in our case).

    Similarly, the frequency of log updates is fixed, but we could allow the skipper to define them. I’ll put that one on the list…

    Please email [email protected] if you have any further queries.


    Stephen Winter

  8. Matt says:

    Did anything ever come about with Floathub integration?

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