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Old 28-05-2013, 03:21   #1
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I decided to quit maxsea, wich was installed on the pc i bought with the boat....It worked well, but is too heavy and charts are very expensive.

I plan a round the world nav, i checked opencpn, but after 10mns use and downloaded n,oaa charts it starts crashing, freezing screen etc etc, so i do not thrust it anymore.

I did not check scannav, not free but seems quite ok...

What do you think ?

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Old 28-05-2013, 03:44   #2
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hello all,

I decided to quit maxsea, wich was installed on the pc i bought with the boat....It worked well, but is too heavy and charts are very expensive.

I plan a round the world nav, i checked opencpn, but after 10mns use and downloaded n,oaa charts it starts crashing, freezing screen etc etc, so i do not thrust it anymore.

I did not check scannav, not free but seems quite ok...

What do you think ?

eric
I think opencpn rivals the commercial offerings and is very solid, if yours is crashing something is wrong, the software is very good.

Try asking on the opencpn forum, very helpful there and if it is a bug it will get fixed. If it is crashing then there might be something with your system which could cause problems with any navigation software.
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Re: Nav software

We have Nobeltec, Maxsea, Capn, Seaclear, Coastal Explorer and OpenCPN.

By far our favorite is Coastal Explorer followed by OpenCPN.

However, OpenCPN costs $400 less than Coastal Explorer, and the worldwide vector charts are "free".

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Before you chuck out max sea make sure you keep it's charts. Use them in OpenCpn.
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Old 28-05-2013, 07:07   #5
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Re: Nav software

thank's for the answers.

"and the worldwide vector charts are "free".

I tried to find charts to download free, i just found noaa charts. Could you advise the site that provide free vector charts ??

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Re: Nav software

google CM93 charts. The OpenCPN website may have more info. Like MarkJ said, if you have them for Maxsea already - use them in OpenCPN.

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Old 28-05-2013, 12:36   #7
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google CM93 charts. The OpenCPN website may have more info. Like MarkJ said, if you have them for Maxsea already - use them in OpenCPN.

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I am very happy with OpenCPN. They come up with improvements on a regular basis. I ditched my previous electronic chart system.

I downloaded the latest CM 2012 version (I think) version of the charts from a friend who found it on the net. The free CM93 charts are outdated!

Just remember to have at least some Passage Charts and Pilot Books as a back up if your system goes down!
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Hello Roger,

I am now running coastal explorer and open cpn to check how they do with noaa charts. There is not mutch difference to me, and open cpn is free...!

Regarding back up, computer is not my major nav system. I use a lawrance gps plotter with navionics charts as main system. What i would like is to have passage charts for all world for open cpn...

I tried to go to CNF Seasoft, but was not able to download anything...all links goes to a cloud system saying you have no permisiion or it is dead link...
Also, maybe you still have the link from where you downloaded your charts?


Thanks for your help.
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