Originally Posted by Ainsley
Hello... Does anyone have any experience of using the Visual Passage
Planner CD Rom ? The one that contains NGA pilot charts etc. Is it a useful tool for offshore
routing. I already have paper pilot charts but wondered if this product would really give me any more information than I already have. Thank you for your views. Smooth Sailing
The CD Rom version is the same software
as the download version - except that the CD Rom version includes a user guide. The software
contain a database of historic wind
patterns for the various months of the year. You can create a speed profile for your vessel based on type of boat, size, polar plots (speed), etc. There are a number of other preferences you can set.
You plot a course and can then optimise the various legs based on a number of preferences. Based on your vessel's criteria, your preferences, relevant month and historic wind/current data, the software will then optimises your route
. It is quick and very effective which simply cannot be matched by manual route
planning. However, it must be remembered that the optimization is based on historic wind
data and not prevailing weather
In addition to this, there are numerous reports you can print out containg a lot of useful data and detail. The sheer speed of route planning certainly makes this software very worthwhile and based on our usage, I can certainly recommend this software.