Happy New Year for all our community !!!
I am relatively new to the board, just had few questions before, related how to set up bits and pieces on the boat which I finishing building and fitting. I hope to lunch her this spring after 8 years in the shed (crossed fingers, and lots of work ).
Since I started building I never been in the sea and was surprised how things are changed. On my previous boat for navigation
, I used paper chart, compass
, and handheld GPS
(not plotter) and I was happy with this! Now, seems, everything is changed. iPads, iPhones, Androids, mobile Windows, computers
– they are nearly replaced chart plotters on sailing boats with small budget
. And it sounds wise: why to buy only chart plotter for 1k if for the same money
you will get much more (even for less money).
Recently I had as birthday present iPad
mini with GPS
, LTE enabled, Wi-Fi, retina display, 128Gb storage
. First thing, I checked how GPS is working. It was fine (accuracy 5m) without Wi-Fi and no sim-card for using cellular data. Second thing, I installed BlueChart Mobile (on this forum cruisers rated it as the best app for iPad) without charts
yet. I like it so far. Third thing, charging
issues: in the shed I’m unable to charge it from the mains. Don’t know why. Apple standards? Or something else? I am not bothered with it. When I made electrical
box, to distribution panel I added USB Charger
(this is not advertisement)) just for case to charge mobile phone
for guests. Anyway, this socket charges my iPad
without problems from the boat battery
. And it is possible to install second one in the cockpit
locker near the engine
controls. Therefore, I am happy with little iPad and it suits to be part of navigation
Now is question to you, gurus, as I am familiar with electronic only a bit and it is not the best my friend.
What you think about this e-navigation system? Will it work or is it my imagination and I do not understand something?
Vesper XB-8000 AIS
transponder with GPS. Over Wi-Fi it will connect to iPad and I’ll be able switch off iPad’s GPS to save battery
. Install to iPad Vesper app and BlueChart Mobile. So with this set up iPad become main navigation unit. Would be very nice to have depth sounder
readings there as well. Something like “Fishing My-Cast” from Garmin
. I didn’t find this option at BlueChart. Is it possible to find wifi
enabled depthsouder? And which unit and app you will recommend? (Fishing My-Cast is android version). Also I have NetGear AirCard AC762S mobile router to get internet
on board. May be I missed something, please correct me.
For peace of mind I will leave my old set-up as back-up (paper charts
and hand held gps unit, and no compass
because my boat made of steel)