I use Navionics
on an iPad Air with a Bad Elf Pro Bluetooth GPS, Lifeproof NUUD Case and RAM mount. In 2013, the Navionics App was marginally useful. The updates over the past year have really improved it. I also like the fact that the charts and data are continually updated and SONAR data is crowd sourced. Government
Charts are also included, but I use the Navionics charts. Biggest remaining issue for me is that some NAVAIDS and features do not appear when at large scale (zoomed out). Chart plotter is a Raymarine E, but I now use it mostly for RADAR
. With the Go Pro I'm independent of the network and can take the iPad anywhere below and it still has a fix. I leave the Go Pro under the dodger
. I've got 12 V outlets at the helm so battery life is no issue.
are always up so I never had a sunlight viewing issue.
When the iPad is in danger
of getting doused by spray or driving rain, I unplug the power and close the charge port. Internal battery life is not long enough for anything but daysailing which is why I would not make a passage
without a purpose built chart plotter backed up by paper charts.
I also have a stand alone hand held GARMIN with Blue Charts as a back up and I do like the Blue Chart graphics.
I originally got the tablet for its other uses and was surprised by it usefulness while sailing.
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