We just bought a boat in Fla of Nov last year and are cruising the Bahamas
for a year or two. The boat had a Raymarine
FL80C installed and I wanted a backup. After looking at various portables in the $400 to $700 range, I decided to search the Apps in my iPad.
I came up with iNavX for $49 and a Navionics
chart of the Bahamas
for #10 bucks.
I installed them and they worked great. Easy to use.
After about an hour out of Stuart, Fla, I quit using the Raymairine and have not turned it on for 3 Months. I use my iPad on my flybridge all the time.
As a backup to my backup, I purchased MacENC for my Macbook. It appears to be the same basic program and charts
as iNavx. They both use Navionics charts
I only have one problem and concern. The Navionics charts of the Bahamas are not detailed enough. I used Nobeltec
on my other boats and they were far better.
Last week, I was traveling and following another boat from Stanial Cay.
Our charted course had a min of 13ft of water
. He got on the radio
and said he was stopping because the dept had dropped to 5 ft. He was using a Raymarine
chart plotter which must have been using Navionics charts, because the showed the same info as mine.
The paper Explorer Charts clearly showed a sand bar in our path.
Another poster said somewhere else, that some charts are better in different locations in the world and Explorer Charts are the Gold Standard in the Bahamas.
I agree that Explorer Charts are the best in the Bahamas. I used Nobeltec
in the Bahamas for three years and never found an error or problem.
I read that Jeppensen has the exclusive on the Explorer digital charts.
I've made up my mind, when I get back to the States, the Raymarine's are going to the junk pile and a Computer System running Nobeltec is going to be installed.
Also, I just read that Jeppensen in releasing an iPad app for marine Navigation
. I'm on they release notification and will install the first day I'm on good wi-fi here in the bahamas.
To get more info, here's the link
Charts for Mobile Devices | Light Marine | Jeppesen