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Gbinterim 09-05-2015 05:54 PM

PC backup
 
All you computer expert boat owners I need your help. We cruise Southeast Alaska during the summer and are in need of a backup navigation system ( yes, we do have paper charts just in case). Currently we have all our charts on a PC and use them to navigate on a lap top. We are looking for possibly a tablet and a recommendation for software to use as a primary or secondary system. Thanks for any and all help.

hmason 09-05-2015 05:58 PM

iPad with Garmin Blue Charts.

Northern Spy 09-05-2015 06:16 PM

I have a Samsung tab with Navionics and Plan2Nav.

I have an IPad with Navionics, Plan2Nav, Nobletec, Navimatics, Memory Maps.

The Navionics is my favorite on both. Works great on either. Have it on my Nexus 5 phone too.

I use a Garmin glo to feed an accurate and fast GPS/glonass signal via Bluetooth to all devices.

Larry M 09-05-2015 06:54 PM

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Originally Posted by hmason (Post 366560)
iPad with Garmin Blue Charts.

:thumb: Up till recently we had another laptop (2). This spring we started using an iPad with Garmin Blue Charts. It's another os which always nice if there's missing data or a fix needed The app is free and the charts for the U.S. was $30. :)

ksanders 09-05-2015 07:57 PM

I like Maxsea, which is the same engine that Furuno uses, Time Zero

The ap is free and the charts cost.

TDunn 09-05-2015 08:01 PM

I run Seaclear (freeware) on my laptop with free downloaded noaa raster charts. I prefer raster charts to vector, because I like the look of paper charts. I have a $50 USB GPS puck that I plug into the laptop.

siestakey 09-05-2015 10:00 PM

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Originally Posted by hmason (Post 366560)
iPad with Garmin Blue Charts.


:thumb::thumb::thumb: the way to go!!

Old deckhand 09-05-2015 10:50 PM

iPad with Nobletech Time Zero.

Jetstream 09-06-2015 02:46 AM

iPad with Navionics App and charts. If you go with an iPad get the one that's cellular capable for the internal GPS.

refugio 09-06-2015 06:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Jetstream (Post 366649)
iPad with Navionics App and charts. If you go with an iPad get the one that's cellular capable for the internal GPS.

+1 on iPad with Navionics, but Bad Elf makes a GPS dongle (I have one with the old connector which no longer works with my iPad mini) or you could go external Bluetooth - latest gen of these support multiple connections. I just hate paying for tech that becomes orphaned or obsolete.

ranger42c 09-06-2015 06:20 AM

Several previous threads on the topic, too.

We use MaxSea TZ on a laptop (complements our Furuno NN3D plotter), and MX Mariner (raster charts) and Plan2Nav (C-Map vector charts) on two Android tablets.

-Chris


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