Question time again:
What are peoples views on chartplotters or iPads?
Are they needed on boats? or will an iPad
do it all instead??
Seems as if on my iPad
I can get: SONAR, Radar
HD, Auto Routing, it has inbuilt GPS
, I can even get AIS
on it through a separate APP, fair enough AIS
, & Sonar require extra attachments but that seems the same as a chart plotter. My iPad has a lifeproof waterproof case and a mount for it at the helm
... I just found out I can even charge the iPad using IQ charging
pad which I could fit into my helm
meaning i never have to take the iPad out of the waterproof case while on the boat.
Not the best brightness in daylight.. but still visible. not sure i can find much else, There was a battery
problem / waterproofness while charging
but this seems to have been answered with the IQ Cable free charging device that is available for iPads.
My main reason for asking is: I was literally about to buy a Raymarine
(with EU Cartography) NO SONAR (With Sonar is £950) cost without Sonar around £800, It will wifi
to my iPad which is great, but my last minute thoughts are I already have everything on my iPadas I'm using Navionics
Main reason I wanted the Raymarine
E7 was it has Wifi
so it is compatible with my iPad, then I realised for a similar price
as the Raymarine E7 i could get TWO Standard Horizon C180 Chartplotters, one for the chart table and one for at the helm... which would mean then I wouldn't need to use my iPad at all...
So much choice out there... Any other thoughts?, maybe I don't need the confusion, budget
is £800 for a chart plotter or two but would be happier spending the cash on other things as there always seems to be something on an old boat... I ideally want something below deck
and something at the helm.
Ive just thought of a couple more downsides to the iPad... No MOB
alert apps don't seem too precise and seem to require internet
And yes before some of you chirp up paper charts
will be onboard also and will be scrutinised as usual.