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Old 08-24-2015, 09:02 AM   #41
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This has to explain it.

John Baker I asked my son and he told me similar to above, that though my iPad does not have a SIM card(my choice) it is cellular capable and the GPS is fully functioning. I've been in Dana Point and San Diego this weekend and Navionics has worked fine without data.
Ok. That explains it. And I knew that would work. Even though you don't have a cell plan the iPad is capable and it still tracks cell towers for aGPS usability. And you/someone still paid the extra $150 for a cellular capable iPad.

Has anyone used an iPad for position fixing in the middle of the ocean??? I'm just curious how well it works when there are absolutely no cell towers in range.
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Old 08-24-2015, 09:15 AM   #42
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We used an iPad this spring in the Bahamas when there was no cell coverage and it worked fine.
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Old 08-24-2015, 09:55 AM   #43
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We used an iPad this spring in the Bahamas when there was no cell coverage and it worked fine.

That iPad this weekend I used the maps GPS app to get me home from San Diego(about 7 1/2 hour drive) much of the drive had no cell coverage and the iPad never stopped tracking us.
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The chipset with cellular and GPS has a GPS antenna and all necessary GPS functionality. It works even when you are out of cell tower range because it is a true GPS receiver.

Yes, it will work if you are in the middle of the ocean. It is true GPS.

Yes, it will work if you are in the middle of the desert. It is true GPS.

Yes, it will work if you are in the mountains where there is no cell service. It is true GPS.

Ahhhh. I feel better now. 😎
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Old 08-24-2015, 10:22 AM   #45
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Ahhhh. I feel better now. 😎

Thank you, so do I now.
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The chipset with cellular and GPS has a GPS antenna and all necessary GPS functionality. It works even when you are out of cell tower range because it is a true GPS receiver.

Yes, it will work if you are in the middle of the ocean. It is true GPS.

Yes, it will work if you are in the middle of the desert. It is true GPS.

Yes, it will work if you are in the mountains where there is no cell service. It is true GPS.

Ahhhh. I feel better now. 😎
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I'm between (functioning) boats and just entered the laptop navigation world with the under $50 purchase of PolarNavy. I'm very impressed with what it can do compared to the Garmin 3000 series chartplotter that went with my old boat. I've already downloaded free all the charts I'll ever use in the US and there is a built in manager that will help me keep them up to date.

My newfound enthusiasm for very up to date charts got a huge boost tonight with a phone call from some friends (fairly experienced ICW and Bahamas hands) who were just on a high end charter yacht in Maine with even more experienced and licensed operators. The boat went full tilt boogie into a rock with major damage. A look at the chartplotter showed no rock. They turned on the laptop with the latest NOAA charts and, there it was.
Can you find out exactly where this happened and what plotter and charts they were using? Also did the rock not show up on the ships plotter at all, or only at a certain scale?

I'd be willing to bet the ships plotter was either zoomed out to far and/or the chart detail was set incorrectly. Would not lbe the first time that had caused an issue like that one.
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Do any of these programs have an option to display Google Earth type images as an alternative to the chart like images? I have this on a newer Lowrance GPS and I like it.

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I doubt it and I suspect that your Lowrance needs an internet connection to do it. Google Earth is a mountain of data to store unless it is just spot shots of harbor entrances.


Active Captain which isn't a navigation program but is great for route planning has several options for a map view and a satellite view (same as GE) in addition to the main nav chart view.


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I just competed my laptop navigation system with CE and Active Captain. Why CE? I will be boating in BC and the cost of the charts through CE are cheap cheap when compared to the Canadian website....
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Old 12-19-2015, 05:09 PM   #51
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I used a garmin but just bluechart. I used a ipad celluar data one with a
cheap program Isailor. works great for planning but sometime it wouldn't
give us a boat. Maybe because we were in the Bahamas. Kind of scary if we
didn't have the garmin going.
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Do any of these programs have an option to display Google Earth type images as an alternative to the chart like images? I have this on a newer Lowrance GPS and I like it.

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Coastal Explorer has a couple of options for aerial photos. It appears to load them on-demand as you browse and area, including different resolutions depending on how you are zoomed in. But once they are loaded, it keeps them on your computer so they can be viewed again later without internet. So if you want sat coverage of an area, you need to look at it before you set out to get them to preload
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OK folks. For those that use iPad. I am assuming you have an iPad with cellular data for positioning???
Nope, built in GPS that even works on a Boeing!
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Has anyone used an iPad for position fixing in the middle of the ocean??? I'm just curious how well it works when there are absolutely no cell towers in range.
Yes, in BC and Gulf of Alaska.
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Thanks for info and it caused me to refresh my memory as to what I had on my Lowrance.
Satellite overlays from a Navionics Platinum chip. Reasonable assumption or bad assumption that most navigation software would work with Navionics data?

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Bummer. It was a nice program.
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