cards have always been used on chartplotters and it has only been the last several years where they started expanding into the PC market, partnering with Northport Systems, developer of Fugawi Marine ENC
and X-Traverse, or Raymarine Raytech Navigation
Now I am not a Navionics
tech guy, but one reason that I suspect why charts
on less expensive on the iPad is that there is actually less data. Maybe from a first glance, there seems to be no difference, but I think there should be a difference in terms of file size. With an iPad, I imagine it would take quite some time to download all the charts from X-Traverse if they were an exact duplicate of the Navionics cards. My suspicion is that $1,000 worth of data on the iPad MAY NOT
be the same as $6,500 worth of data on the PC/chartplotter.
Another thing to consider as other users have mentioned would be getting a Windows laptop
. Larger screen size = king. There are some interesting things you can do with a larger screen size such as multiple chart displays or having engine
data available (example: Fugawi
and Raytech, and Fugawi
My 2 cents.