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AI Boat Controller confusion

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I've enjoyed using AIFP to create many flight plans serving military airfields as well as adding mil_combat and mil_cargo parking using ADE.  I also enjoy having boat traffic, both commercial and naval, leaving my plane at the airport and launching my boat.  I'd like to create boat traffic and installed AI Boat Controller; however, the software is confusing (compared to the ease of AIFP) since it seems that a floatplan needs to be created from scratch using a text editor to add every detail. It doesn't seem possible to open an existing plan to see what one looks like (the samples included are informative) but having no template to follow and facing the task of listing every detail in every line of the file is daunting and discouraging (for me, FORTRAN and other coding).  I'm spoiled by the ease of AIFP and wondering if there are any ways to simplify the creation of boat traffic using AIBTC.

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After reviewing the instructions again, I've decided it can't be to hard given how many hundreds of ship routes Henrik A. Nielsen produced ... a truly awesome achievement

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Well, a bit more digging and I found the answer by Doug Linn at http://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=AwrSbgrMwx9aMo8AfUZXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyZzAyMXM3BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjQ5ODJfMQRzZWMDc3I-/RV=2/RE=1512059981/RO=10/RU=http%3a%2f%2freturn.mistymoorings.com%2ffaq%2ffiles%2fAI%20Boat%20Traffic%20for%20Dummies.pdf/RK=2/RS=8.uyOOvdplEyFaIHIh7g6Njvb18-

It's a very concise and complete guide to creating ship routes.  The actual path can be created using Google Earth and quickly compiled.  I'm now riding along on the helo deck of a Coast Guard out of San Diego headed for San Clemente Island!  It took me less than an hour to find the guide, pull together the boat, the plan, and the route.  AI flight and ship routes really add a lot to FSX!

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