A short history about mostly nothing.
Long ago in the year 2000 in a place far away called Australia
I first saw the CMAPECS software and the CM93 charts
. I liked the charts but the software had a lot of problems. Installation
could be a nightmare. Not having been designed as a Windows program, the user interface was strange. Even the EXIT process was hidden. The entire feel of the system was clumsy. The Y2K bug made dates and times inaccurate. The list goes on and on.
So I patched up the CMAPECS software as much as I could. Which is a challenge when you have no source code and you're just patching the binaries. And I built an simple installation
pack and a set of utilities for added functionality. I called that the Utilities for CMap. A lot of people were using it and it's what I used until 2006.
Then, in another far away place called Las Palmas
, I sat in the anchorage for a month and built the first version of Nimble Navigator. I built Nimble because I was tired of the limitations and problems in the CMAPECS software, and because I wanted an quick, easy to use, no nonsense navigation system. When other people saw the system I'd built, they suggested I sell it. In following years I added AIS
display and GRIB weather
display. It's been used around the world. And it's evolved.
In 2012 I developed the Nimble Navstick. A USB dongle with GPS
, the Nimble Navigator software, and memory for the charts, all built into the dongle. A system that can just be plugged into the computer and it works, right from the dongle. Everyone said 'Very Cool!'.
So, for as long as I can, I'm just going to keep making these navigation tools simpler and more reliable. I'm still sailing 7-8 thousand miles a year. And I have time to further develop and test what more and more people are saying is the best navigation system out there.