Originally Posted by Marpessa
Yes it's a race
application that I'm trying to learn it for. Do you remember what was the most useful thing learned from the demo mode? Strong and weak points?
Honestly, I never played much with demo mode. As I recall
, demo will let you look at GRIBS and charts
, but won't do the weather-routing. Expedition does have a lot of bells and whistles that I *don't* use, but more hardcore racers might. It's a very good program, but expensive.
OpenCPN has come a long way since it was first released so I suggest you see if it can do what you need. It even has some sort of WX routing capability, although I haven't tried it.
By the way, Expedition is locked to your computer, and to install it on another you need to ask for a new keycode. Fortunately the Expedition folks are good about this, and expect you to have it installed on a spare as well. I've installed my copy on more than a half-dozen computers
over the years with no problems. You will need internet
access to request and receive a new keycode, so plan for that -- don't expect to load it on a spare computer while you are at sea, unless you have email
All of these programs take a fair bit of practice to get the most out of them. They all have features that are not intuitively obvious (to me at least), so I need to poke around and see what happens. And do it more than once lest I forget when I really need it.