It has seen limited use so far, but I use my iPad
, both as a chartplotter on the boat, and for land navigation
in the backwoods and on the backroads of northern Ontario
on the iPad works very well, and it can handle anything I need when boating
- so far, I am very impressed! It does not need a GPS puck
, since it has an excellent GPS built in. It is true that the current
, 'though amazingly bright and very clear for "normal" purposes, is not really sunlight viewable, so it is best to provide some shade.
Not requiring a mouse or a separate keyboard is another great plus.
The iPad also does so much more than a chartplotter - don't get me started ................. oh, wait, you already did!
You can also use the iPad in the cockpit
, communicating with your laptop
etc. down below, via WiFi
, so you can run other navigational software
BTW - there are hundreds, if not thousands of boaters out there using iPhones and iPads to assist navigation
. This is no longer a new phenomenon.