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Old 02-01-2012, 07:33   #1
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Open CPN Files Compatible with Lorance Chart Plotter

I want to thank the makers of OpenCPN, Before I left the Salt Ponds I plotted the entire course to Jacksonville on the computer. I knew, however, that I would not be able to consult the computer every time I had a question. Then I noticed that my Lowrance Chart Plotter accepted .gpx files, and that is the native export file type for OpenCPN. I was able to copy the complete route into my chart plotter. This route, while not a set'em & forget'em, no need to watch, the plotter will take it from here, system, it does show me the way. On turns you have to be careful to stay in the channel, but on long straight courses you can set it on the line and Otto will just go. The auto pilot is not connected to it so you have to watch it, but as long as you stay on the line and you know the water is safe, it works like a charm. I haven't made a miss-turn yet. I know I would have never made it through the A&P Canal without it. It is only a directional aid, like the gps in your car, without the nagging voice. It tells you which way to go, not which side of the street to drive on.
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:17   #2
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Re: Open CPN Files compatible with Lorance Chart Plotter

Don,that's good to know!..that your plotter, at least, can share OpenCPN's output gpx.GPX is supposed to be cross-platform and shareable so that's kudos to O and the Lowrance for playing the game fairly!
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