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Old 21-09-2022, 10:18   #1
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Hi All,
I am just about to leave Cartagena in Colombia for Panama and whilst in Panama i plan to spend a few weeks in the San Blas Islands. I have been using Navionics successfully until now but I have been in formed that it is useless in the San Blass and I will need OpenCPN for safety.

I have downloaded OpenCPN and the relevant charts on to my Mac which is running MacOS Big Sur Version 11.6. Various sources have recommended that the GlobalSat BU-353S4 puck is good with Macs and OpenCPN, but now that I have bought one I have discovered that there are no drivers after MacOS Catalina Version 10.15 so I cannot use this device.

Can anyone recommend for me a GPS puck with a USB connection that will work with a Mac and the latest operating system on OpenCPN? Iím sure I canít be the only one with this problem and such a thing must exist but I havenít been able to find it. Any help gratefully received, thank you.
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Old 22-09-2022, 13:05   #2
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I also have that older unit and it does not work with newer MacOS so kinda in the same situation. I do have GPS off the boat navigation via WiFi but still like having the USB dongle around for a backup.

Just googling around, I did find the place below and actually a bluetooth connection might be better overall anyway.

https://gpswebshop.com/collections/macos-compatible-gps


Oh - I think (can not recall for sure) that it is the usb<=>serial driver that is used on a lot of the GPS dongles that causes the problems with newer MacOS?
- Prolific PL2302 USB interface
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Old 22-09-2022, 15:40   #3
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I have a nmea network with an AIS, autopilot, and a nmea/usb adapter that goes to a Raspberry Pi 4. The Pi is my boat wifi hotspot and navigation computer. All of the nmea (Gps off AIS, rudder position, speed, compass,Ö is broadcast over the Piís wifi access point 24/7 for any device apps, and navigation devices. Opencpn uses the WiFi networked streaming data on any pc, Mac, or android devices onboard. I screen share the pi a lot with opencpn overlayed with AIS and radar. Iím pretty happy with it..
I do have a couple spare $15 eBay GPS/USB dongles too.Click image for larger version

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Old 22-09-2022, 18:17   #4
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Hi All,
I am just about to leave Cartagena in Colombia for Panama and whilst in Panama i plan to spend a few weeks in the San Blas Islands. I have been using Navionics successfully until now but I have been in formed that it is useless in the San Blass and I will need OpenCPN for safety.

I have downloaded OpenCPN and the relevant charts on to my Mac which is running MacOS Big Sur Version 11.6. Various sources have recommended that the GlobalSat BU-353S4 puck is good with Macs and OpenCPN, but now that I have bought one I have discovered that there are no drivers after MacOS Catalina Version 10.15 so I cannot use this device.

Can anyone recommend for me a GPS puck with a USB connection that will work with a Mac and the latest operating system on OpenCPN? Iím sure I canít be the only one with this problem and such a thing must exist but I havenít been able to find it. Any help gratefully received, thank you.
Any uBlox USB GPS receiver would work. If you have one of those Mac models with only USB-C ports, then you would also need an equivalent converter to plug it in.
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Re: GPS puck for MAC

I have a Bad Elf that I have been using with an old iPad Air - gen 2 - for about 5 years now. Works fine
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I have a Bad Elf that I have been using with an old iPad Air - gen 2 - for about 5 years now. Works fine
Bad elf, use it too.
Important is you have minimum a 10Hz GPS, less the position is wrongÖ.
And 3 or 5m wrong sometimes is difference run aground or not
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Any uBlox USB GPS receiver would work. If you have one of those Mac models with only USB-C ports, then you would also need an equivalent converter to plug it in.


Yes would highly recommend uBlox based solutions. Excellent receivers
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