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Old 04-08-2015, 17:55   #1
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laptop/Tablet chart plotters

Anyone have any experience with a laptop or tablet chart plotter?

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Old 04-08-2015, 18:31   #2
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Re: laptop/Tablet chart plotters

I use MaxSea on a windows laptop and Navionics on Android tablets.

Both work well for me. The laptop at the internal nav station is interfaced to the instruments/autohelm, the tablet is used as a standalone device in the cockpit.
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Re: laptop/Tablet chart plotters

Lots of discussion of this subject here...give it a search.

I like redundancy so have apps on my tablet (Navionics, Plan2Nav, Marine Navigator), FUGAWI on my laptop (full featured, but I rarely use now...mostly just for Google Earth overlays), and of course my good old Raymarine plotter at the helm.
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Re: laptop/Tablet chart plotters

Ray marine at the helm running avionics gold maps

iPad mini running garmin mobile (nicest mapping layout in my opinion) weather overlays with active captain if on internet connection
Samsung 7 inch tablet running avionics app and maps
Samsung tablet/laptop -running windows 8 and full garmin map sources with garmin maps. (Great for route planning and consolidating everything into 1 file)

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Re: laptop/Tablet chart plotters

MaxSea on a laptop, MX Mariner and Plan2Nav on two Android tablets... as redundant back-ups to our installed plotter/network.


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Re: laptop/Tablet chart plotters

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Lots of discussion of this subject here...give it a search.

I like redundancy so have apps on my tablet (Navionics, Plan2Nav, Marine Navigator), FUGAWI on my laptop (full featured, but I rarely use now...mostly just for Google Earth overlays), and of course my good old Raymarine plotter at the helm.
Indeed. Everything you would ever want to know about this you can find in the archives.

Like many others, I use tablet and laptop as backup to a regular navigation system. I use INavX on an IPlod and OpenCPN on a laptop.

There are many others, with their various pluses and minuses.

The most powerful navigation program of all is OpenCPN, which is however also the least idiot-proof. It takes some time to learn how to use it effectively, but it is fantastically powerful and almost infinitely flexible. I use it a LOT.
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Re: laptop/Tablet chart plotters

I use PolarView from Polar Navy for coastal and ICW using no cost NOAA charts. PolarView is not the most popular and not free but I have no complaints.

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Re: laptop/Tablet chart plotters

Hi Rh, I just recently acquired my first chartplotter capability after some wonderful advice given on this forum. I have been using Plan2nav on my android smart phone for the last 3 or 4 weeks.

It is an awesome upgrade to my previous navigation techniques which involved lat/long only GPS and paper charts.

Even though I've only used it for a few weeks, I can report that its quite good, all of my navigation these days is in the Thousand Islands, which is quite complicated navigation. While by far my preferred method of pilotage is looking out the window, I've been keeping an eye on my plan2nav and it really is very good, even on a tiny smartphone screen.

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Will Navionics on an Android tablet output nmea via Bluetooth or wifi?
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