I'm not wild about anything but standalone right now (that will probably change at some point), so am not looking to network anything.
I agree charts can be an issue (I also appreciate that just about any chart system is going to have unavoidable inaccuracies - that's even true of paper charts).
So my core Navigation
system will be a below decks laptop
running OpenCPN (which can be the basis for networking at some point if I decide to go that route
, but I would like a hands on with all this stuff separately for a good while prior). I have all the NOAA charts for the US, and all the UK Admiralty charts I need (not a bad deal at £58 for the ChartStick covering NW Africa
Coast, into the Med, and up to and around the UK), ready to go with OpenCPN.
There does seem to be a big hole in my charts called the Caribbean
Is anywhere doing good Caribbean
charts that will work with OpenCPN?
I do want a chart plotter at the wheel
as well (along with radar), so I'm thinking of something like a 7" Dragonfly Pro, and I am tempted to go the C-Map route
with it, if the Mega Wide Charts can get me home (I can add what I presume to be the far more detailed, more localised charts after, as and when I head
over the horizon again later in the year, if the partnership
with OpenCPN on the laptop isn't quite working out for me). If I do this with Navionics
, I think I have to buy 5 or 6 packs of charts.
There's a C-Map
Mega Wide South America
chart that covers the Caribbean (MW22), but would the one for the Gulf and Central America
(W76) be better, and one for West Europe
and West Med (MW3), and I'm thinking those two (plus the one the Plotter comes with, which will get me down to the start of the Eastern Caribbean) hand in glove with OpenCPN, should be able to get me home ok.
Of course I could well be badly wrong on that.
But if in doubt, I'll heave to/anchor and look long and hard at the charts on the laptop and how it compares with radar
, and/or wait for daylight.
Anybody used these C-Map Mega Wide charts successfully?