Cruisers Forum
 


Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on Cruisers Forums. Advertise Here
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 27-05-2013, 13:41   #1
Registered User
 
water babe's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 23
Best Navigational Software or Paper Charts Only?

Me and my husband and two small children are moving aboard. He put me In charge of finding the best navigational software. What do you use? How do you like it? Should we just stick with paper charts? Of course its always probably good to have paper back up.... We have a 37 foot sailboat... GPS, no GPS? whats good? Looking for any and all input
__________________
^_^ 'Im in love with the captain ^_^
water babe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2013, 13:57   #2
Senior Cruiser
 
boatman61's Avatar

Community Sponsor
Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: PORTUGAL
Posts: 30,797
Images: 2
pirate Re: best navigational software or paper charts only?

Hi Waterbabe..
I use a Notebook and GPS puck with a Nimble Navigator program and CM 93 Charts.. also use the OpenCPN program for some areas...
Also carry a HH GPS and paper passage charts..
Cheap n Cheerful
__________________

You can't beat a people up for 75 years and have them say.. "I Love You.. ".
"It is better to die standing proud, than to live a lifetime on ones knees.."

The Politician Never Bites the Hand that Feeds him the 30 piece's of Silver..
boatman61 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2013, 14:06   #3
Registered User
 
water babe's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 23
Re: best navigational software or paper charts only?

Thank you! That's exactly the kind of thing I want to know.
__________________
^_^ 'Im in love with the captain ^_^
water babe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2013, 14:10   #4
Registered User
 
water babe's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 23
Re: best navigational software or paper charts only?

Do you have to pay for Nimble Navigator yearly?
__________________
^_^ 'Im in love with the captain ^_^
water babe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2013, 14:16   #5
Registered User
 
KemoSabe's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Cape Coral
Boat: Hunter 30
Posts: 46
Re: best navigational software or paper charts only?

We are currently looking into getting a Nexus Tablet and snagging one of the popular apps out there. All of which work on Android based software, IE; Phones as well
KemoSabe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2013, 14:19   #6
Registered User
 
water babe's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 23
Re: best navigational software or paper charts only?

Do you ever have trouble getting service on your phones?
__________________
^_^ 'Im in love with the captain ^_^
water babe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2013, 14:26   #7
Registered User
 
KemoSabe's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Cape Coral
Boat: Hunter 30
Posts: 46
Re: best navigational software or paper charts only?

No, we have the 4GLTE which is extremely reliable. I have paper backups if needed, but myself being 21 I find myself more involved in technology than most on this forum.

The tablet is capable of doing much much much more than your average chartplotter or handheld GPS.

You can pick up a Google Nexus 7 by ASUS for $150ish on ebay, in pristine condition. Most apps are 20$ or less with unlimited map and chart downloads. Simrad is currently working on technology to incorporate cross usage between tablet(or phone) and autopilot devices.. You see where Im going with this?

Plus you can throw angry birds on it for the kids
KemoSabe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2013, 19:10   #8
Registered User
 
water babe's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 23
Re: best navigational software or paper charts only?

Quote:
Originally Posted by KemoSabe View Post
No, we have the 4GLTE which is extremely reliable. I have paper backups if needed, but myself being 21 I find myself more involved in technology than most on this forum.

The tablet is capable of doing much much much more than your average chartplotter or handheld GPS.

You can pick up a Google Nexus 7 by ASUS for $150ish on ebay, in pristine condition. Most apps are 20$ or less with unlimited map and chart downloads. Simrad is currently working on technology to incorporate cross usage between tablet(or phone) and autopilot devices.. You see where Im going with this?

Plus you can throw angry birds on it for the kids

i think my husband willbe more excited about the angry birds than the kids
__________________
^_^ 'Im in love with the captain ^_^
water babe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2013, 19:40   #9
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Behind the garlic curtain - east central Saskatchewan
Boat: Baylurker 2755
Posts: 608
Re: Best Navigational Software or Paper Charts Only?

We have OpenCPN loaded on two identical laptops. One is a dedicated nav computer and the other is my personal laptop. I can't imagine why anyone would use anything else. I also have a variety of apps on my Galaxy S3 and they are of varying usefulness. I use an AIS app regularly when we are in water with heavy commercial traffic. I use several weather apps and I have a tide/current app which pisses me off more than it assists me.
__________________
R.J.(Bob) Evans
2755 Baylurker plastic shoebox
previously M/V Gray Hawk, 43 Defever Offshore Cruiser
bobofthenorth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2013, 21:11   #10
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Montegut LA.
Boat: Now we need to get her to Louisiana !! she's ours
Posts: 3,421
Re: Best Navigational Software or Paper Charts Only?

We are a little old style with our stuff ! Connie has her lap top with a complete Capt set up with world wide charts. I have two battery powerd hand held Gps,s one I use daily and a spare. I work with paper charts only and ck my possition daily with Connies stuff. It seems to work well for us ! At least it has for a lot of years and many miles ! With the stuff available out there to day it would seem silly to go to sea without an electronic system of some sort !! As we are cheap cruisers, we will continue on with what we have ! If I was starting out I would sure go with the Open CPN talked about on this site all the time ! But I would still have my hand held gps, and as many paper charts as I can afford ! Just always feel safer with my paper charts, nothing like haveing a harbor chart when ya are gonna make a landing ! Just my 2 cents
__________________
Bob and Connie
bobconnie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-05-2013, 22:06   #11
cruiser

Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Seattle
Posts: 1,129
Re: Best Navigational Software or Paper Charts Only?

I have yet to find any kind of electronic charts that A) is truly updated for the LNMs, or B) is easy to update myself.

Therefore, I don't rely on electronic charts unless they agree with the paper charts that I've updated myself.
Jammer Six is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-05-2013, 12:15   #12
Registered User
 
water babe's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 23
Re: Best Navigational Software or Paper Charts Only?

I have a feeling I'm going to be referencing this thread a lot you guys rock.
__________________
^_^ 'Im in love with the captain ^_^
water babe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-05-2013, 15:43   #13
Moderator
 
JPA Cate's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: aboard, in Tasmania, Australia
Boat: Sayer 46' Solent rig sloop
Posts: 29,081
Re: Best Navigational Software or Paper Charts Only?

We have been full time liveaboard cruisers for years. We use two laptop (my notebook uses less electricity than Jim's). C-maps for the world are installed on both computers, along with Open CPN. Perfect coastally in the first world areas we have visited. We keep and use paper charts for ocean passages. We log positions on our sailing log, basically a notebook. The only problem with electronics (besides salt in the air) is that nearby lightning strikes often spell their doom.

Ann
__________________
Who scorns the calm has forgotten the storm.
JPA Cate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-05-2013, 15:53   #14
Registered User
 
capttman's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Satellite Beach Florida
Boat: Bruce Roberts 434
Posts: 716
Send a message via Skype™ to capttman
I use matech chart navigator pro its great navionics on the I pad works to.. But nothin
__________________
Capttman

"When the bow be in the trees we'll be running out of seas"
capttman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-05-2013, 15:54   #15
Registered User
 
capttman's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Satellite Beach Florida
Boat: Bruce Roberts 434
Posts: 716
Send a message via Skype™ to capttman
Nothing beats paper tho
__________________
Capttman

"When the bow be in the trees we'll be running out of seas"
capttman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
charts, software

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lagoon 450 (Next Life) damaged in the Exuma, The Bahamas Sand crab Navigation 325 12-04-2014 19:15
Best Electronic Charts for Bahamas prroots Navigation 18 28-02-2012 11:29
For Sale: Paper Charts and Electronic Chart Cards svdreamkeeper Classifieds Archive 12 05-01-2012 07:55
For Sale: Paper Charts ocean31 Classifieds Archive 2 15-09-2011 04:54
Route Properties, Missing Functions James Baines OpenCPN 13 13-07-2011 04:31

Advertise Here


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:45.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.