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Old 14-11-2014, 13:58   #1
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iNAV or Navionics or ...? I know everyone has an opinion (except me, as I am totally confused). Can anyone point me to a good (current) overview of pros and cons?
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re: Best Article Comparing Electronic Charting Programs ...

The Garmin iPad charts are excellent but they lack bridge clearances, go figure.
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Re: Best Article Comparing Electronic Charting Programs ...

My favorite is OpenCPN. Just sayin. Opens all the charts I have, including CM95. Good feature set, fairly easy to use. I'm hoping an Android version will come out some day but at least it runs great on Linux.
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Old 27-11-2014, 09:40   #4
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we use Navionics all through the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Florida and love it. The built in utilities such as the sonar data that gives detailed contour lines, community edits, wind, weather, tides and currents make Navionics our most valuable crew member. And fyi, Navionics is coming out with a chip for the Garmin and are looking for beta testers.


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Re: Best Article Comparing Electronic Charting Programs ...

hogHunter, perhaps you could disclose your relationship with Navionics?

BTW, yours is the first positive accounting I have heard about Navionics charts in the Bahamas. They are widely considered the worse of the bunch by everyone else. Some have even come to grief relying on them.

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Yes, and Garmin too. All your posts seem to be about them and in some you offer beta testing which could only come from a sales outlet.
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Old 27-11-2014, 12:18   #7
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The Garmin iPad charts are excellent but they lack bridge clearances, go figure.
Garmin Blue Chart is compatible with Active Captain. From there your can get bridge clearance and other local information better any big house chartplotter charts.

One thing I don't know why Garmin removed magnetic heading from their App. The latest version only shows true north heading.
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hogHunter, perhaps you could disclose your relationship with Navionics?

BTW, yours is the first positive accounting I have heard about Navionics charts in the Bahamas. They are widely considered the worse of the bunch by everyone else. Some have even come to grief relying on them.

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Hi colemj,
My partner and I (along with our dog) sailed the Caribbean and bahamas for a year using navionics the entire way (check us out at TwoAndAHalfSailors.com). We have also used navionics for years off the southeast coast of florida for diving and fishing. We love navionics. When we returned from our trip I was talking to an old friend with whom I had lost touch and I was telling him about navionics. Come to find out my friend actually worked for navionics and told me that they were starting a pro staff program and asked if I'd be interested since I had so much experience with Navionics and loved the products. I am now on the navionics pro staff.

You are right, Navionics used to be considered pretty horrible in the Bahamas. However, In recent years they have put a huge effort into improving the charts in the Bahamas. Between the navionics staff that have worked on the bahamas charting and the crowd sourcing through sonar logs being submitted by boaters, the Navionics charts have improved significantly and now offer the most up to date and accurate information.

If you have questions let me know.


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Re: Best Article Comparing Electronic Charting Programs ...

Hog hunter......can you expand on what Navionics will make available to Garmin. I have a new 741 and it's awesome but always looking for any improvements.

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I have both Navionics and Garmin charts.
The Navionics was a waste of money (in my opinion)
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iNAV or Navionics or ...? I know everyone has an opinion (except me, as I am totally confused). Can anyone point me to a good (current) overview of pros and cons?
I see you're on the Chesapeake. You might want to try out the Navionics smart phone app.

I have two Garmin chart plotters on my boat, but honestly when I'm on the Chesapeake I use the Navionics app on my iPhone for 99% of my navigation, lmao. But that's more a function of convenience than the quality of the data or presentation.
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Re: Best Article Comparing Electronic Charting Programs ...

a64.........what area did you use the Navionics. I downloaded the App for iPhone/iPad but haven't "taken it out" yet. My primary is my Garmin 741.

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Re: Best Article Comparing Electronic Charting Programs ...

I used Navionics in the Phillipines, Taiwan and Japan, where it was all but useless. I ended up depending on OpenCPN and photos of charts on the walls of yacht clubs.

I did find one aspect of Navionics that was useful. If I saw a reef in my path on OpenCPN I could just toggle over to Navionics and it would disappear.
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Re: Best Article Comparing Electronic Charting Programs ...

Is the OP looking for charts for a chartplotter or for an ipad app? If the latter, I highly recommend SEAiq. That program will take just about any chart you want to put on it - CM93, S57, rasters, ENC's, google earth, homemade KAPs, BSB, etc.

It also makes a google earth chart for you with a touch of a button and downloads and overlays gribs (need an internet connection for that). I recently got it and am amazed at its capabilities. If you have NMEA over wifi, it connects, uses and displays all your navigational instruments also. The developer has immediately responded to my email questions regardless of time of day - I have no idea where he lives, but he doesn't seem to sleep.

I consider it my iPad version of OpenCPN (that doesn't fog on overzoom…), although it costs $40. I think it is free in the US for using NOAA's electronic charts, but I am not sure.

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The new Garmin Navionics chips will include more data than the original Garmin chips. This is Navionics award winning SonarCharts that has one foot contours and improved by community sonar recordings in both fresh and saltwater.
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