The Digi­tal Logbook from Logbook Suite

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The digital logbook from Logbook Suite

For iPad as well as for the Mac Logbook is the only digi­tal logbook on the market which meets the offi­cial requi­re­ments of a logbook. But Logbook is very popu­lar with Win­dows users too.

Logbook is just per­fect for skip­pers who have used prin­ted log­books so far, but want to make use of the advan­ta­ges of a digi­tal logbook. This is, apart from the optio­nal auto­ma­tic recor­ding of navi­ga­tion data, the auto­ma­tic ana­ly­sis of the nau­ti­cal data, for exam­ple. Using the trips and the over­view Logbook auto­ma­ti­cally cal­cu­la­tes totals for rele­vant data as well as average values—both for each day, for a whole trip and for all ent­ries in the logbook. Of course your Logbook can be prin­ted. This is a nice gift for every crew member to keep the trip in good memory.

During the jour­ney you can enter the nau­ti­cal data into Logbook just like in the tra­di­tio­nal logbook on paper. It is up to you how often and how detailed you type in your infor­ma­tion. Logbook pro­vi­des for each day a page with seve­ral tabs for the nau­ti­cal infor­ma­tion, wea­ther infor­ma­tion, tech­ni­cal notes and for your per­so­nal diary with photos. Bes­i­des, Logbook offers a spe­cial view where you can put in detailed infor­ma­tion on your yacht. This makes it easier to find all important infor­ma­tion when needed.

Logbook can be con­fi­gu­red to suit both sea and inland water­way travel.

The tab Navi­ga­tion shows an over­view with the navi­ga­tion data of the whole day.

To easily enter the navi­ga­tion data even under very bad con­di­ti­ons Logbook pro­vi­des a spe­cial view with large fields for data entry while crusing.

With the Auto-NMEA func­tion (included in the Pro license) you can, if Logbook is con­nec­ted to a GPS or NMEA data source, also let Logbook make the ent­ries quite auto­ma­ti­cally by itself.

In Dark Mode, which is available from Logbook 6.0 (only with Pro license ), Logbook shows dark screens with red text. This dis­play is par­ti­cu­larly sui­ta­ble for the glare-free use of Logbook at night.

Logbook Suite, Logbook Dialog Dataentry
For ente­ring the navi­ga­tion data while tra­vel­ling Logbook pro­vi­des a clear input dialog with large fields. The number of ent­ries in not limited. 
The dialog Data entry in Dark Mode

Using Logbook with NMEA connection

Logbook offers func­tions to cap­ture navi­ga­tion data from GPS/NMEA data sources and enter them in your logbook—either by pres­sing a button or fully automatically.

When­ever you want to make an entry in your logbook, you can cap­ture the cur­rent GPS/NMEA data and have it ente­red in the logbook. All infor­ma­tion that is not pro­vi­ded by your GPS/NMEA data source can to be ente­red manually.

Or you acti­vate the Auto-NMEA func­tion and let Logbook make your ent­ries auto­ma­ti­cally. Pos­si­ble are hourly ent­ries (at the full hour) or every half hour, ent­ries at a course change larger than the set angle or at under- or over­run of preset speeds.


Set­tings for NMEA con­nec­tion and for auto­ma­tic entries

On the PC Logbook sup­ports NMEA0183 data sources con­nec­ted via USB, Bluetooth or WiFi. Pure NMEA2000 data sources are not yet sup­ported, but most mul­ti­ple­xers pro­vide NMEA0183 data anyway.

On the iPad, Logbook sup­ports both NMEA0183 and NMEA2000 data sources con­nec­ted to the iPad via WiFi, Bluetooth or cable adap­ters. The con­nec­tion bet­ween Logbook and the data source is estab­lished via our iPad app LogbookNMEA con­nect, which can be down­loa­ded free of charge from the Apple App Store. On our Sup­port site we pro­vide a list of the hard­ware for which there are ready-made set­ting sets (get there by cli­cking on the bottom button in the right column or on Smart­phone at the bottom of this page). Please cont­act our sup­port if you want to use hard­ware that is not listed here.

Depen­ding on the type of data source, the fol­lo­wing data can be ente­red auto­ma­ti­cally into your logbook from data source (NMEA0183 or NMEA2000):

  • board time and time in UTC
  • posi­tion
  • course over ground (COG )
  • speed over ground ( SOG)
  • wind direc­tion and wind speed
  • LOG or TRIP
  • engine speed (for 1 or 2 engines)
  • air pres­sure, tem­pe­ra­ture and humidity
  • on the tab Wea­ther: water temperature

If your iPad is con­nec­ted to a NMEA2000 net­work it can also read the engine ope­ra­ting hours (if available in the net­work). Please note that GPS mice or the inter­nal GPS of the iPad does not pro­vide wind data.

On the iPad, the NMEA func­tion can also read data from the inte­gra­ted GPS and from the inte­gra­ted baro­me­ter. LogbookNMEA con­nect then cal­cu­la­tes course and speed over ground from the iPad GPS data.

In demo mode (if there are less than 5 days in the logbook) you can also test the NMEA func­tion and the auto­ma­tic data entry in you logbook. As soon as more than 5 days have been crea­ted, the NMEA func­tion is only available if a serial number for the appro­priate NMEA license (PC or iPad) has been entered.

Screenshots and Printouts

The screen­shots and examp­les for prin­touts will give you a taste of Logbook—but con­vince yours­elf and load your free trial version!

The Logbook as evidence

We hope that this case will never happen, but unfort­u­na­tely there might be a situa­tion where you have to use your logbook as evi­dence.
In some forums you can read about this topic: “Throw your logbook over­board if you are invol­ved in an acci­dent. Then no one can prove any­thing against you.” But that is the worst thing you can do. Because that dis­qua­li­fies you as a skip­per and puts you on a worse foo­ting from the start.

A well-kept logbook is con­side­red proof of good sea­man­ship – and this is one of the basic requi­re­ments for a skip­per. The more you have noted in your logbook during the voyage, the better.

In the Inter­na­tio­nal Regu­la­ti­ons for Pre­ven­ting Col­li­si­ons at Sea there are only vague state­ments about how exactly a logbook for recrea­tio­nal boating has to look like and what has to be recor­ded in it. There is still no men­tion of digi­tal log­books, alt­hough these are declared as allo­wed in other places.

The key requi­re­ments are that it must be a bound book­let or book. Loose sheets are not per­mis­si­ble. Pages may not be torn out. Fur­ther­more, it must be reco­gnizable if ent­ries have been chan­ged sub­se­quently. The logbook must not be writ­ten with erasable pens.

Logbook has inte­gra­ted num­e­rous func­tions that trans­fer these requi­re­ments to the digi­tal world, ensu­ring that your logbook is evi­den­tial: Dele­tion of days, trips and navi­ga­tion ent­ries is not pos­si­ble, seve­ral inde­pen­dent time stamps show where ent­ries have been chan­ged sub­se­quently. Auto­ma­ti­cally crea­ted navi­ga­tion ent­ries are marked with a color. The time stamp then shows whe­ther the ent­ries were added directly by the person respon­si­ble (e.g. the sail posi­tion) or whe­ther they were edited later. With his signa­ture, the skip­per con­firms the cor­rect­ness of the entries.

Our license system for Logbook

Depen­ding on which fea­tures of Logbook you want to use and on which devices you use Logbook, we offer dif­fe­rent licenses.

The full versions

As a new Logbook cus­to­mer you start with a full ver­sion. First you decide with which range of func­tions you want to use Logbook:

  • Basic: unli­mi­ted use of Logbook,
    only manual data entry
  • NMEA: unli­mi­ted use of Logbook,
    trans­fer of NMEA data from a GPS/NMEA device or from the inte­gra­ted GPS
  • Pro: unli­mi­ted use of Logbook,
    all func­tions of the NMEA license plus Auto-NMEA func­tion of auto­ma­tic recor­ding of NMEA data as well as auto­ma­tic logbook ent­ries,
    Dark­Mode for dis­play at night

Then you choose on which device type Logbook should be used. You can choose bet­ween: iPad, Mac or Win­dows, iPad and Mac or iPad and Win­dows.

New from ver­sion 6.4.0: Logbook Pro Limi­ted 30

If you only want to use Logbook on a single trip or want to test it in prac­tice for longer than 5 days, Logbook Pro Limi­ted 30 is the right offer for you: a license for Logbook limi­ted to 30 calen­dar days.
Logbook Pro Limi­ted 30 offers the same range of func­tions as Logbook Pro. Only our syn­chro­niza­tion ser­vice SYNC is not sup­ported by Logbook Pro Limi­ted 30.
And if you decide to purchase a full ver­sion after the 30 calen­dar days have expi­red, you will receive a dis­count of 50% of the price of the Limi­ted license (more on this in the store).


The upgrades

If you alre­ady own a license for Logbook, you can upgrade it at any time — both the range of func­tions and the sup­ported device types. For this we offer:

  • Upgrade to NMEA: Select the device type for which you want to upgrade an exis­ting Basic license to NMEA support
  • Upgrade to Pro: Select the device type for which you want to upgrade an exis­ting Basic or NMEA license to the func­tions of Logbook Pro. If you alre­ady have an Auto-NMEA license, you can upgrade at a redu­ced price.
  • Upgrade for second device: With this upgrade you can extend your Logbook license for use on an addi­tio­nal device type. As with the full ver­si­ons, you can choose bet­ween Basic and NMEA func­tion­a­lity for your second device.

By the way, the total price is always the same, no matter if you directly purcha­sed a full ver­sion for your desi­red fea­ture set and devices, or if you start small and then increase your license through upgrades.

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