Originally Posted by svoasis48
I just purchased a 2006 Tayana 48DS which has 2006 Northstar 6100 over companion way entrance and at nav station and radar
with B & G sail instruments everything works. I want to add AIS
and a more modern plotter program such as a nobeltec
program on lap top.
I am trying to get an impartial opinion as to what to add or change intend to do Caribbean
starting this fall. If you could give me your thoughts would be appreciated. firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations! Your Tayana is an excellent, go anywhere in comfort boat.
We just upgraded our AIS to a Vector Watchmate Vision which is presently sitting in a box ready to be shipped to Italy
in May for installation
by yours truly. The Vision model has a built in wifi which will connect to the iPads and PCs which each run Nobeltec app and Nobeltec Odyssey, with the iPads also running the Inavx
app. Each unit has two complete sets of Mediterranean charts
, both Raster and Vector. Nobeltec offers great 3D overviews and the highway type navigation
while underway. I prefer the INavx
app for anchoring
, finer depth
details and the ability to integrate with the Watchmate Vision AIS.
Our radar is a 24 mile Furuno
unit that's 14 years old, but still doing a good job.
We also use two iPhone
6 smartphones with the INavx app and charts
. All together, we have seven times redundancy for navigation
... Eight if you include the paper charts, and ten if the Standard Horizon AIS hooked to the Garmin
chart plotter are included.
What we don't have or need, is a dedicated helm-based chart plotter. Most of our navigating takes place from behind the dry security
of our sprayhood/dodger or on the saloon
table with one of the PCs running at the navigation table. The Nobeltec program will require one of those hockey puck GPS
antennas for the PC. The iPads are the cellular models with 64gb and 128gb of memory, so no external GPS antenna
is needed... they have an internal antenna
The system works great for us, with not a single
piece of gear
letting us down in over six years of cruising. The iPads and iPhones are installed into Lifeproof nuud waterproof cases.
One detail to be aware of... The Nobeltec software
requires a very specific graphics card in order to run. Check the specs on their website before purchasing
the program or a new laptop
to be sure they match up.