We did Mexico
in 2013 and I was worried about the charts
throughout that whole area as Appa draws 8 foot or so. Money
was getting tight after the new running and standing rigging
etc so we decided to go without a dedicated chartplotter
. I bought a couple iPads and the iNavx
program and the Garmin
app. Had a computer with open cpn
on it as backup with a Garmin
handheld with charts installed also. Paper as the ultimate backup. Blue latitude press offered charts from Shawn and heather that loaded into the inavx
program. They were brilliant. Absolutely the best. The people we met down there all were amazed at the accuracy.
We also have the vesper vision that talks to the inavx program. The vesper also talked to the raymarine
instruments that we had. Except the autopilot
All the good that people have mentioned on this thread about iPads is spot on. All the bad is also spot on. Except the update issues. Never had that problem. Or the notifications.
We had the battery
die coming into an anchorage. My fault should have charged it. It did overheat couple times. The screen
got wet and it was irritating to use then. We lost
it under cushions
couple times. When coming into a new place it would have been nice to have a display in front of the helm
and always on but we made it work. The kids
ALWAYS wanted to hold the iPad and "help" me navigate. Sometimes you have to make compromises and not having a chartplotter at the helm
was ours. But most of the time the iPad was great. And again, those charts that Blue Latitude have are just awesome. BTW I am a RN not a salesman for anything.
Once we got back to Seattle
I waited awhile and just bought a refurbished raymarine
e7. Here is one good reason why I did that. Updates to the raymarine instruments and autopilots. Software
updates. The p70 head
unit and the s30 (I think it is a s30) had some glitches that a new update would take care of. Without a chartplotter, I'd have to take the instruments out of the boat and to the dealer. That is how I understand it anyway. Been wrong before and I will be wrong again.
I put the e7 in at the nav station. I don't like big bulky objects at my helm. My boat, my choice. Anyway, got it hooked up to my internet
via a hotspot on my phone
. That e7 saw everything on my network. The i70, i50 wind
, p70, and the brain of the autopilot. It then downloaded a huge update to everything. Glitches gone. Pretty amazing really.
I can also plot something on my phone
or tablet and transfer it to the e7 who then tells the autopilot where to go and all that crap. I won't do that as I don't really trust it that much but it is cool to think that it CAN do that. Technology. And my kids
are never impressed by it. Louis CK has a great bit on how awesome everything is and how nobody is happy. Google
it. I laughed.
Anyway, very entertaining thread. The fights on here can be almost as good as on SA.
I cringe when I see people take what they get off the internet
and then spew it out as gospel. The above info is only based on my experiences. Your mileage will vary.
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