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Old 21-10-2010, 18:43   #16
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Nobody seriously considering an Ipad as a marine device really. Are you mad..

Firslty its unreadable in sunlight, touchscreen isnt that robust and the LCDisnt robust ether ( dont ask me how I know).

Sure use it on teh dock and when armchair navigating

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Old 21-10-2010, 19:37   #17
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Nobody seriously considering an Ipad as a marine device really. Are you mad?
I don't know... Are you insulting? How 'bout sharing some of your real world experience with us? Have you used an iPad in a waterproof case? Is your sunlight stronger than the sunlight I'm currently typing this reply in? Did you consider the fact that I have pilothouse? Is the iPad somehow more dangerous than the hundreds of cruisers navigating via laptop? Enquiring minds would love to know...
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I've been using my iPad a lot in my pilothouse. It has been really nice in many ways. It's particularly nice to use it as a screen with alternate content - like weather continuously being updated. I've been on the Chesapeake since September and it's nice to watch the weather radar coming from various sites overlaid on maps - those Chesapeake storms can whip up so fast. Add to that some wind display pages and it provides a lot of utility.

I've had almost no issues with sunlight readability but mainly because my helm is so protected. I can understand why some people might not like it out-in-the-open because of sunlight and spray issues.

Off navigation times, the device is wonderful. I've especially gotten into Flipboard to catch up on personal/social media and areas of interest. It turns some blogs/websites into a magazine and allows you to flip through to find things of interest to dig deeper. I use it almost every day.

I think the uses for an iPad onboard are just starting to appear. It can surely be a backup chartplotter but I have a feeling it's going to fit into a lot of other accessory cruising areas (semi-navigational) much better for me for a while.
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bought a nice leather case for our ipad. It interfered with the wifi reception. Take it out of the case and wifi got MUCH better. Our fix was to add a wifi repeater/router. The close proximity of the router overcame the interference of the case.
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Old 21-10-2010, 20:35   #20
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Has anyone used Sailtimer yet? It seems like a good app to have access to when planning the day on the water. I have used the Charts & Tides app. Needed the telephone of a marina in Key West one night around 2 AM, pulled it right up on the POI program. But no one answered the call! In my experience, these are cheap tools to use and they do come in handy..
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Old 21-10-2010, 20:51   #21
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In my experience, these are cheap tools to use and they do come in handy..
Great to have real life experience posted! You can thank Jeff above for the POI in C&T... He's the man at Active Captain! Haven't used sail timer in real life yet, but here's a few videos to watch: http://www.MotionParallax.com/TCDVDs...s/YouTube.html
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This iAIS looks like could be a cool accessory for the iPad/iPhone
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Ram has a few mounting options for the iPad



I hope someone makes a solid WP cover with a power connection
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Old 22-10-2010, 20:21   #23
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There are some cool iPad mounts for boats coming out. We've already been sent some prototype designs for comments. The boating uses of the iPad have most surely been noticed by the iPad accessory manufacturers.
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What's the most straightforward method to get NMEA 0183 data from Raymarine depth/wind/speed instruments into iNavX on an iPad?
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What's the most straightforward method to get NMEA 0183 data from Raymarine depth/wind/speed instruments into iNavX on an iPad?
I know one possible way is to buy the gadget in Hoppy's post above, which also adds AIS...
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It's not clear if the DY device also functions as a normal wifi router. Since I already have on-board LAN and wifi that's used for other purposes, I don't want to lose existing capabilities by binding the iPad to a second DY wifi network just for NMEA data. I'd prefer to just get the NMEA data onto the wired LAN and take it from there. Does that make sense?
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I am following this thread with great interest. I don't have an I-pad yet as I would like to get the second generation model whenever that happens. They always make improvements the second time around. It would be nice if they started using flash on the I-pad.

I frequently go into stores and cruise the web using the I-pads checking out their look and feel. I check out my websites on them as well to see if they display the same as on a windows machine.

What I have seen so far impresses me. I definitely would want to have one when cruising. It's a good size to take ashore to hotspots in lots of out of the way places around the world. I see many possible uses as a cruiser. Right now, I use my I-phone like it is a miniature I-pad.

I hope this thread lives long and prospers.
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The DigitalYacht iAIS creates a stand alone ad-hoc network an iDevice can connect to. When your device is connected to the iAIS, it is not connected to another network, however web, email, phone, etc. will continue to work over the 3G connection if available.

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The DigitalYacht iAIS creates a stand alone ad-hoc network an iDevice can connect to. When your device is connected to the iAIS, it is not connected to another network, however web, email, phone, etc. will continue to work over the 3G connection if available.

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Thanks for clarifying, although it's not the answer I was hoping for. I'm looking to keep the existing local network available to the iPad, so I'd rather find a solution that doesn't utilize a dedicated wifi just for NMEA data.
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If you have a PC or a Mac then you can run an app that will send the NMEA data out over your existing WiFi network. GPSGate, Coastal Explorer, MacENC, etc. have this type of functionality. Your iPad then can pick up the NMEA data on your existing network. The downside is the PC or Mac must be running.
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