I have a iPad
Air with GPS
and also the navionics
HD app with downloaded charts
for my boat
All seems to work
reasonably well although as it not hard wired in when it is in the cockpit
for too long the battery
does go. Then charts
all seem to work
well, only once testing it goi down the Portuguese coast I noticed it seemed to get confused.. However I maybe hadn't downloaded all of the charts required.. So I am quite I'm pressed with it as a package especially as I have a large screen
on the iPad
. There are a couple of things I would like to change and for added security
I am looking at a new chart plotter.
I have come across ray-marine chart plotters (the wifi
version) that works with its own iPhone
This all seems great as I could have it based at my chart table and move it upstairs as and when I need it (in bright sunlight or when iPad battery
What I really want to know though is there a chart plotter that works with the "Navionics HD" charts... The ones I have already paid good money
for.. And to be honest got used too...
Or do I need to buy a ray-marine and start all over again buying
"navionics plus" or "navionics gold" I currently get free updates with my iPads "Navionics HD" so was hoping to not have to buy a whole new set of charts again... (I already tried a few before I tried navionics
The main reason I want a stand alone chart plotter is so I can incorporate AIS
systems and Radar
and get it on my iPad at the helm
. Yes I know I can add a 12v sub at the helm
to keep the battery life going but... I don't believe I can get split screen
on the iPad so when sailing at night I can see my AIS
and my chart plotter / route
Can anyone please advise a good way to go?? Or what do you use with your iPad's or IPhone's on your boats. Ideally I would like to not spend more than £500 on the chart plotter and then another £150 on AIS transponder. And I want it all to work with my lovely big iPad screen.
The other thing I love about the iPad is I can sit in the pub, at home or at work and plan my route
and I would ideally like to then import
this new route into a onboard chart plotter (doing this wirelessly would be just great).
Other thoughts that have crossed my mind...
an apple laptop
that will work wirelessly between my iPad and it on the boat
iPad up deck
in its protective case and apple laptop
downstairs (problem lies - no split screen option with AIS)..
2, buying a second iPad for below deck
as a back up... Again bad in sunlight and no split screen. I can even get AIS direct to the laptop from a wifi
AIS receiver but shifting between screens constantly is a pain.
Any suggestions or views would be great. What are you guys using or what are you looking at updating your systems too??
And yes I know I can sit and plan it out on paper charts for hours and have none of it but technology really does make life simpler..
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