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Old 01-01-2011, 17:06   #16
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Hard to beat OpenCPN for performance. I've cruised close to 2000 miles with it. Cost- software = $ 0.00. Charts = $0.00.

Maybe there's a better deal out there, but... ??

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Old 02-01-2011, 23:17   #17
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Originally Posted by seattle sailor View Post
Gearing up for a cruise and am wondering what type of nav software you have for your PC's. Thanks.

Bought the PC to the boat in 1999 started with the program SeaClear GPS Navigation Software and use it yet.
Have tested many programs over the years.
In 2010 I came across TIKI TIKI Navigator - Marine navigation software using Navionics or Maptech BSB and SoftCharts charts
and that's it's cheap and good, so that's my main program today.

Running multiple programs at once using Xporter, Serial COM port splitter XPort

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Old 03-01-2011, 01:52   #18
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I have tried a few, and can thoroughly recommend Software on Board from Digiboat. I have been using it properly all the 2010 European season on a Samsung Netbook which is so power efficient that it can be left on all the time for coastal sailing, even on quite long passages. That way it logs position, course speed and wind continuously in a form that can be used in your Log, or processed using Excel into graphs etc.

A description of the installation is on my website. Click Here to go there.

My first full Log using the system (covering a cruise from the Solent to Biscay France, and a visit to the Corduan lighthouse on the Gironde) can be seen by clicking here . This Link takes you to the summary page. The next link to the full Log (which is 60Mb as a pdf) takes time to load, so you really need a good broadband connection to go there.
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Old 05-01-2011, 17:37   #19
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Personally I don't use PC based nav software, but one I have heard some pretty great things about, Endeavour Navigator. This is the one: HSA Systems - Endeavour Navigator

Edit: I forgot to say about Maxsea, I have had a tinker with it, they were trying to sell it to me when I purchased my new Navnet system, it was awesome to say the least, but personally I can't see the value in it for $2700.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:18   #20
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PolarView is a cross-platform software (Win, Mac, Linux) supporting s63 charts (e.g. from and quite cheap ($40).


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Old 08-01-2011, 08:02   #21
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I have been using Nobeltec for around 15 years now. It does all of the fancy stuff that I need and is easy to install, intuitive, is relatively hassle free and bug free and the tech support is decent. The Furuno software in my NavNet Blackbox system is relatively primitive by comparison. Nobeltec is probably the most expensive nav software out there. I'm convinced it's the best though.

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