An Ipad in a Lifeproof case will hold up to the environment
just as well or better than any Garmin
etc. If you think a Garmin handheld is any more accurate or reliable, you are fooling yourself. Ipads are a very legitimate navigation tool, however relying on them alone is just as dumb as relying on just your charplotter alone. The GPS chip in Ipads is just as accurate or more so than the one in your chartplotter
. I've had a chartplotter lose signal, get confused etc, while my Ipad has always been spot on. As far as software goes, it's like an anchor
discussion, or religion..
I have on my Ipad Inavx, Navionics, isailor and my favorite Garmin. Inavx is a non intuitive pain in the butt, Navionics is historically inaccurate in the areas I'm sailing (Keys & Bahamas), Isailor is just there and Garmin is used every single
trip.. I use my Ipad mini with the garmin app as my main plotter, backup being a 740s that normally runs my radar
and sonar. I've also got paper, 2 handhelds, an additional Ipad, Iphone
and a 3010c as backup..
The garmin app is using the same exact G2 bluecharts (explorer charts) as the plotters, plus has active captain
built in and downloaded with the map so you don't need internet. It gives all the information from coordinates, reviews
, contact information etc all permanently stored on your ipad. Not to mention I can plan a trip in my berth and hit send and it's on my chartplotter..
This isn't rocket science folks, they are maps and gps, it's not new and it doesn't require thousands of dollars to put the little sailboat icon in the correct position..