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