My very first attempt to use OpenCPN
, so I'm not surprised I'm having trouble. Exacerbated by the fact that I'm completely new to nautical navigation
, though I've used 7.5' topos extensively, and am moderately competent user of ArcGIS and a Garmin
Yes I'm aware of the manual & help online - but at some point you just have to get started by doing, and I have this thing I want to do.
I want to take by boat
13577 Blake Dr
Port Charlotte, FL 33981
I've added in several ENC charts
Estero Bay to Lemon Bay, including Charlotte Harbor
;Continuation of Peace River
I am not seeing any detail of the residential area waterways I'd use to navigate my boat
to this point. I do see the added chart detail out in the major waterways, indicating I've successfully loaded the chart.
Then I added the RNC chart of the same area (in case it has additional detail), but maybe it is covered by another layer (the ENC
? Or is this area not covered? Or do I need to download some other chart? Or can I activate google
maps (which *does* show waterway) within OpenCPN
? There must be a way to turn on and off charts
easily (as you might in adobe illustrator or photoshop)? How would I plot a course in this area if it isn't visible in OpenCPN/on the charts?
Is there coverage in this 'residential area' - or am I on my own because federal agencies do not map neighborhoods?
What's my best approach to this problem?
Thanks, Steve T.