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Old 10-01-2016, 20:10   #1
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Favorite nav app

Soo I just received a Samsung tablet, and would like to know what you're favorite chart plotter / nav app for android is. I see opencpn is now on android, but is it you're favorite?
Now if I can figure out how to do a poll...


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Old 10-01-2016, 20:17   #2
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I'd check Navionics and iSailGPS.
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Navionics for me.
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MX Mariner (raster charts) and Plan2Nav (C-Map's vector charts).


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I haven't tried them all, but have been quite happy with MX Mariner.
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MX Mariner (raster charts) and Plan2Nav (C-Map's vector charts).


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Plus 1 for MX Mariner with Active Captain.
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MX Mariner (raster charts) and Plan2Nav (C-Map's vector charts).


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Ranger you answered what I should have asked . Why do you like you're favorite app?
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Ranger you answered what I should have asked . Why do you like you're favorite app?

I prefer having both types of charts available, to augment the systems we have on our plotter and laptop (we have both chart types on each).

It happens Plan2Nav offers C-Map (vector) charts, which augment the NOAA vector charts on our plotter and laptop. (And I've had C-Map charts before, generally like them... originally also for their imbedded marina info. I could add C-Map charts to our plotter and laptop, but that expense isn't as cost-effective, given Plan2Nav.)

Both apps will integrate ActiveCaptain info, updated periodically online but then always available off-line after that.

No particular putzing around with making either of them work. Turn on, download and install charts the first time, use.

Neither are particularly expensive. "Free" apps in many cases need too much "user repair" (aka putzing) to make them all that worthwhile. (I put my geek days behind me... oh... maybe 20 years ago. If it doesn't work "right out of the box" I can't be bothered, anymore.)

Haven't particularly compared against other Android-capable apps, so not saying these are the best out there. They work me us.


Given we have a "real" plotter and back-up laptop, I don't bother to do any route planning on our tablets. Don't know if/how well these apps might work in lieu of a real plotter if one might want to do pre-planning and autopilot integration or whatever.

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Soo I just received a Samsung tablet, and would like to know what you're favorite chart plotter / nav app for android is. I see opencpn is now on android, but is it you're favorite?
Now if I can figure out how to do a poll...


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my favorite is Navionics , but latley they start to update it very often and this is annoying as you need to reload the map also after update.. the trick to solve this is to not connect it to wifi when navionics is running
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Re: Favorite nav app

I use SeaPilot works fine in Scandinavia anyway. Ais and weather works good when close to shores. The maps are S57 and updates regularly if you subscribe. S57 charts are for commercial traffic but works as good back-up.
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Re: Favorite nav app

For US waters, I haven't found anything I like better than MX Mariner. Free charts, Active Captain integration, and if you upload your routes to AC, you can sync them to your Android.

That said, I don't see any way to buy Canadian charts for it. For that, I'm looking at Navionics, as well as a newer app called i-Boating. My problem with Navionics is I haven't found a way to import routes and/or waypoints. i-Boating Canada is about half the price, the US version has very good reviews, and it allows route imports. If it had AC data and worked half as good as it claims, it would be a slam-dunk.
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Re: Favorite nav app

In the US you have your charts for free; correct?
In that case I should prefer OPENCPN. It is available for Android and can be used with touch option. It has al facilities you need. And all for free / or free donation.

You can arrange the connection from your Android tablet with your boat instruments via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
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I'm a big fan of Navionics and the Active Captain. I have all B&G electronics and haven't figured out how to integrate all of this into a usable form for all of my Apple gear. Leaving for the Bahamas this fall and still trying to learn how to pull this all together for logging and route planning down the Intercoastal and beyond.
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Re: Favorite nav app

Hi everybody,
here in Europe, Navionics is used by most people I know.
I have bin using it for the last 7 years (cuising the Med) , and it's working perfectly. Highly recommendable.

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For me it is iNavx. Gives me more usefull information then when I looked at Navionics 3 years ago. Among others I get VMG information (I use it for regattas). It gives me full MFD funcyionality and even AIS targets are plotted if the data is send by WiFi. INavx uses Navionics vector maps. It interfaces with the autopilot for following a route over multiple waypoints. Not that I use this function .
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