Originally Posted by jimbim
Is any publishing company offering cruising guides
for e-readers, whether the ipad
, kindle, sony, whatever? What is the quality like? The format?
ActiveCaptain is free on the web:
& Tides is available for iPhone
and iPad (one purchase
works in both places) keeping all ActiveCaptain offline and synchronized back to the web site when you have an internet
connection. Recent independent review of it is here:
of Navimatics is about half the cost of a single
guidebook. It would take about 4+ guidebooks
to cover the area making it about 15% of the cost - with better data and charts
It's also available under Coastal Explorer, MaxSea
Time Zero and announced by Furuno
, and Nutiteq for Android. There is another Android product coming out and a low cost PC, Mac, and Linux chartplotter
product will full ActiveCaptain support (about a week away).
We're underway on our boat. Between the ActiveCaptain data for marinas
, bridges, locks, hazards, and many other things, it provides us with all current
info. If I want more information about a particular place or town, I use Wikipedia or the town's web site or so many other independent places on the web. The data is better, more current
, no has none of that pesky advertising. You've always got to wonder if a guidebook isn't pushing you to a particular restaurant or marina because they paid for editorial content. Actually, it's not a wonder; we have invoices from marinas
requiring editorial copy for purchasing
ad space from other guidebook salesmen.
And of course, accessing all the web content is free.
So instead of spending money
on any of those dinosaur guidebooks
, spend money
beefing up your internet
capabilities. That'll give you a lot more cruising power and information.