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Old 18-05-2013, 10:16   #151
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Re: what is the best navigation system to install on a 16ft dinghy?

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Re: what is the best navigation system to install on a 16ft dinghy?

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I still think something like navionics on a simple smartphone in a waterproof casing would be a good investment. I can see problems approaching land in foul weather with strong tides when trying to plot a fix on a paper chart without letting go of the helm. The additional benefits like being able to access internet when in range and make phone calls are also useful. This new samsung Xcover looks interesting as a waterproof phone. A friend has one, and she likes it. But I would still have it in a waterproof case as well. Still keep the charts and GPS as good weather system and for Backup.
Sure, I'm addicted enough to chart plotting that I would surely have my IPad with INavX somewhere in a waterproof pouch, for just such a case, even though, without a keel, there are very few hazards which concern you which you can't see with your eyes. But in any case, you don't need a chart plotter off soundings, and you've got no way to power it in a dinghy anyway. Once you're out of sight of land, all you need is what a simple wrist-watch GPS will tell you -- DTW, BTW, COG, SOG.
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