Hi all, in between all the debugging going on, I'd like to shout out kudos for Paul (GE2KAP) and the OpenCPN team. We have been using both for a while here in Fiji
, where there are reefs
everywhere, sometimes inaccurate charts
, and sometimes rivers obscuring the water
colors. There are very very very few Aids to Navigation
here in Fiji
, and certainly not out in the boonies where we are.
It's summertime here in Fiji, and we've been enjoying gunkholing around in remote
reefy areas while the wind
is low and (usually) the sun is high. We are experienced FL/Bahamas reef navigators and often go where others fear to go, with someone in the rigging
with polaroids on.
The local advice is to travel only on sunny days between 10am and 2pm, so you can see the reefs
. Well, we had a long leg, and it was supposed to be a sunny day, but we arrived at our reef entrance at 4pm and it was pouring rain--and not just a cloudburst. We loitered at the entrance for a half hour or so, and it wasn't letting up, but it was getting later. The next nearest non-reef-bound entrance was about 25 miles.
We ended up going in on GoogleEarth--we had previously captured an EXCELLENT GE photo
of this particular harbor with GE2KAP, and used it to suss out the details of the entrance. Our chart agreed with the GE chart with respect to the 3 isolated coral
heads in the middle of the channel that we had to avoid.
So we proceeded "on instruments" at 2 knots, good lookout on the bow (still in the pouring rain), and no wind
. Where the GE chart showed us approaching a coral head
, our lookout would look, and yup there it was (helpfully marked by the locals with a big stick).
We got in safely, thanks to the help of GoogleEarth, GE2Kap, OpenCPN (and a Garmin
GPSMap 76Csx) as our GPS
and "chart plotter".
Keep up the good work!!