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Old 27-06-2015, 10:54   #1
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Ipad 2 air and Navionics

Hello,
Hopefully, I'm posting on the correct forum. I just bought an older sailboat on the Agean Sea with older electronics. For now I'd like to coastal cruise and plan on buying a iPad 2 Air with Navionics charts.
Will the GPS on the iPad show our position on the charts?
What question(s) have I not asked?
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Old 27-06-2015, 21:17   #2
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Re: Ipad 2 air and Navionics

Depends on what model IPad Air 2 you have. If it has the GPS chip, it will be just like a chartplotter. Try to download a free app with a need for GPS and see what it does.


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Try to download a free app with a need for GPS and see what it does.
No need to do that - if it has a cellular SIM card slot, it has a GPS. Otherwise, it does not.

If it has a GPS, everything is golden, like you describe.

If it does not have a GPS, then it will need an external GPS device using Wifi or Bluetooth to be of use for navigation.

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Old 09-07-2015, 21:11   #4
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Re: Ipad 2 air and Navionics

The biggest misunderstanding I see about the Navionics app is that people think you need either cell signal or wifi for Navionics to "know where you are". However, as long as you have an internal GPS AND you have Location Services (under settings) turned ON, then it will follow you and know where you are, just like a regular chartplotter.

Want an easy way to know? Download the free Navionics app or you could even just pull up Google maps and see if it tracks you. They both use the internal GPS.

You mentioned that the electronics on your new boat are lacking- just an FYI, you can purchase a Vexilar T-Box which is a transducer and wifi-producer kit that lets you hook the transducer to your Navionics app wirelessly so not only do you get a live sonar reading on your iPad screen, you can also update your map real time (the map redraws behind you to reflect the latest data you collected from your transducer). This is a feature called SonarCharts Live. Really cool stuff.
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Re: Ipad 2 air and Navionics

I've been cruising the past couple of months from northern sweden, through denmark and now germany relying 100% on the Navionics app for my iPhone 5c. It has worked flawlessly. GPS is spot on every single time, even without signal.

Make sure you get the 3G version of iPad, otherwise you don't have the built in GPS chip.

You will see your position live on the map as you sail along. Boatspeed measurement is also accurate.

I downloaded the Navionics for my iPhone as well as my iPad mini (no GPS). I use the mini for planning where to sail next (check out the harbours, plan route etc.) - If you're signed in with the same Apple ID on both devices you don't need to purchase the maps twice. Best €40 investment I have ever made.

I would never consider buying a fixed GPS device (garmin/simrad etc..) for my boat. The app just works too damn well along with iphone/ipad.

Of course make sure you get a waterproof+shockproof case if you want to check your route while sailing along. I have a Lifeproof case for my phone so I can check my position no matter the weather.
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Re: Ipad 2 air and Navionics

What hardware would I need to synch the Navionics app to my auto pilot and any other devices I may add to the boat? (Radar, Wind speed/direction, depth/fishfinder)
I have also been looking into OpenCPN as an option but like the iPad/iPhone solution a little better.
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What hardware would I need to synch the Navionics app to my auto pilot and any other devices I may add to the boat? (Radar, Wind speed/direction, depth/fishfinder)
I have also been looking into OpenCPN as an option but like the iPad/iPhone solution a little better.
That depends on what chartplotter you have. You can sync Raymarine chartplotters/autopilot seamlessly by going in the Navionics app to
Menu->Settings->Plotter Sync. Just turn that on and turn on your wifi on your Raymarine. This will sync plotter and mobile to transfer routes and markers, upload sonar lots and update and download charts to your plotter.
What kind of hardware do you have?
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