Even my Garmin Chartplotter
, which has a good sunlight-viewable screen
, is almost unreadable when approaching right angles to the sun. It will actually fade out/ overheat in a following afternoon sun. Have had to make a visor for it. I don't think any screen
technology can overcome extremes like this. The ipad/phone technology looks very tempting if for nothing other than the instant weather
maps. The possibilities for navigation would seem to be almost limitless once chartplotting capabilities become available in coordination with Google Earth
Ocean. It seems a reasonable next step to be able to access all nav. data: depth
, buoy location, landmarks, etc. for all areas of the world where the data is available, accessible for free and overlaid onto calibrated Google Earth
maps. Someone needs to break the stranglehold on chart information imposed under so called "copyright" laws.