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Old 24-11-2012, 23:41   #1
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iPad Ships Log Book

Hi All,

I have been using a new iPad log Book called "iLog Sailing Companion", I use it for all my routine watch keeping records as well as other key onboard info.

One of the iLog Sailing features is a journey map with icons for each log entry , the map used is a pre loaded map which comes with the ipad. Does anyone have experience loading or running navigation charts onto an iPad.

It would be nice to see my routine Log entries overlay on a nautical chart along with key Navigation info. When you save a Log entry in iLog sailing, it creates a symbolic flag on the chart showing date / time and if you touch it via the ipad screen the full log entry is visible so its nice to do manual checks on position fix etc.

Appreciate any input.

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Old 25-11-2012, 00:14   #2
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Re: iPad Ships Log Book

It looks like a good app for those who like electronic toys, which a lot us already have on paper. If the iPad crashes it's all gone.
If it can be synced with a computer that would be nice as a back up. The app iNavX, one can download maps but not sure how one would sync the two apps together.

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Old 25-11-2012, 02:46   #3
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Re: iPad Ships Log Book

Thanks,

I really like the app, one of the most useful extra's with iLog sailing is the maintenance tool, you create a schedule of tasks, including how often they are to be done, parts needed, tips, supplier details etc and then once you flag as completed it automatically schedule them when due again so really easy to keep track of all the jobs to be done.

The app actually uses the icloud so data is protected in the cloud if there is ipad issues, having said this the apple stuff is almost bullet proof and all solid state so very robust for use at sea.
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Re: iPad Ships Log Book

I did a search for iLog Sailing in the app store and couldn't find anything.


Can you point me to a link?
Sounds like a good app.


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Re: iPad Ships Log Book

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ilog...561962905?mt=8
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You most definitely need to keep a paper log or at least be able to print it regularly. A log can be a legal record of what happened and if you sail " foreign" you will need it for inspections.

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The also have a link to their app store location on their web site as well as a detailed you tube video so you can have a good look at the app, the App is called iLog sailing companion, http://eastcoastmarine.com.au/
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You most definitely need to keep a paper log or at least be able to print it regularly. A log can be a legal record of what happened and if you sail " foreign" you will need it for inspections.

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We (http://www.swire.com.sg/home.aspx) haven't kept paper logs for over 6 years now, totally electronic..........but it is an “approved system” though, and recognised worldwide.....
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Re: iPad Ships Log Book

I used to keep meticulous logs on paper.... in the last ten years; not a word. Perhaps doing it on the iPad might motivate me to start again. That said, other than position fixes on passages, I really don't see the need
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Re: iPad Ships Log Book

If one has to abandon ship, a log is usually one of the things the Captain takes along. So one would want to keep the iPad in a waterproof container.

The app store sells it for $9.99, which is less then most of the paper log books on the market.
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For OpenCPN users, there is a logbook plugin for free. Just FYI.
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You are right there are lots of free log books, you get what you pay for is the old saying, the iLog sailing companion package has lots of extra goodies in addition to the journey Log.

My guess on the discussion re paper log is that it would follow commercial practices and today an electronic document carries the same legal weigh as paper around the world.

On occasion when the shi.. hits the fan the plotter may be down and regular log entires and a paper chart become your best friend so I continue the routine of scheduled log entries every time I go off shore. Not to mention regular observations of barometric pressure so you can not the changes well ahead of time.
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Re: iPad Ships Log Book

Following on from the good input regarding data protection, I contacted the company and the iLog sailing app uses icloud for backup so once you set this up your journey info as well as maintenance records are protected by apple so looks like a good approach with no need for local backup.
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Following on from the good input regarding data protection, I contacted the company and the iLog sailing app uses icloud for backup so once you set this up your journey info as well as maintenance records are protected by apple so looks like a good approach with no need for local backup.
That'll work well off shore then.

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That'll work well off shore then.

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Yes & no. Unless you have the ability to access the internet offshore, you would have to wait until the next port to gain access to iCloud.
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