About five years ago I picked up the domain name thekeel.com and had some loose ideas of what to do with it. Nothing materialized, and last month I found myself at an interesting crossroad:
- Sitting around, remarkably, with decent Internet access in La Paz, Baja Sur.
- Wanting a way to record all the places we go and stuff we find out about.
- Wanting somewhere to upload my GPX tracks.
- Wanting a way to share our current location on our website (like on the front page of our site).
So, poof-whalla (and many bug fixes later, with many more to come) I have a version 1 up that works.
I (and you) can send in position reports via email (with an SSB or satellite connection). It also integrates with Spot messengers.
For some of our passages, like this one from Puerto Escondido to La Paz, there really is valuable insight I wish I would have known. Refraction around the islands (during northerlies). The incorrect lighting indicated on Isla Las Animas, the better weather found going around the San Jose Channel.
There's still a ton more to do and I'm regularly seeing an error or two come through every day. But, things are generally working okay and if you have any feedback or ideas let me know.