Originally Posted by Rough Magic
Wifi is great and works well.... Until it doesn't. Raymarine is built to a much higher standard of reliability
, and waterproof screens than an iPad. I love Navionics
and their maps, I use them in my pad as a backup system. For me, a hardwired system at the helm, designed for a salt
is the only way to go.
Why would you put a real chart plotter at the nav table, and consumer electronics
in the place filled with salt
spray, bright sun, hard knocks, etc.? Doesn't make any sense.
Real chart plotters are now less than $1000; there is hardly any excuse not to have them in both places as primary navigation
. You really don't want to risk losing navigation
because of a splash of salt water
or a battery
has run down, or someone sits or steps on the Ipad. I recently discovered what a PITA consumer electronics
can be even for secondary or tertiary use in navigation -- some water
down the companionway
landed on my laptop
and killed it. I had OpenCPN
on it and lots of charts
and other resources. Didn't affect my primary navigation, but I really hated to lose all the functions I was using the laptop
For GoFree (which I absolutely love), I'm using a Sony Z2 tablet, which is waterproof. So at least that risk is reduced. But you still wouldn't want to depend on somethign like that -- consumer electronics -- at the helm. In my opinion, it's a very poor idea.