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Old 08-20-2015, 12:25 PM   #1
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Laptop Marine Navigation

Hello all,
Brand new here but see tons of great info. Who use what in laptops and what software do you like? Any info will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-20-2015, 12:36 PM   #2
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For Windows and Macs, Coastal Explorer is one of the best full featured nav products available. But it is commercial and costs money.


For Windows only, OpenCpn is a very complete freeware nav program. I used it as a backup to my Raymarine plotter for several years and I got to use it for real when the Raymarine display went haywire. It is very good. But since almost all laptops, netbooks, etc do not have a built in GPS you have to use a USB gps. These have a problem with OpenCpn which has been around for years. I don't know why the problem doesn't get fixed- it is a driver incompatibility issue and it seems someone would have fixed it by now, but alas no. A small program Xport will get around the problem nicely however.


But for the last two years I have used MxMariner on my Nexus 7, an Android tablet, for backup. It also works well but isn't very full featured and requires switching NOAA chart regions when you move from region to region. It does support Active Captain data which you download the entire AC database and update periodically.


There are iOS (iPad and iPhone) apps that do the same thing. Navimatics is one of these and it uses vector charts. It does cost $20 for the east coast US charts.


Today most of the action in free or commercial nav apps is in the Android and iOS tablet sphere due to their compact size and flat form factor that fits up on the helm easily and the built in gps.


I usually keep my Nexus 7 near the helm when navigating with the vector graphic based Raymarine system. If I want more detail, particularly shore definition, I pick up the Nexus and in a few seconds I have it at hand with its raster chart graphics.


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For PC I've found NobelTec to best great. On iPad we use Garmins BlueChart
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OK folks. For those that use iPad. I am assuming you have an iPad with cellular data for positioning???
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OK folks. For those that use iPad. I am assuming you have an iPad with cellular data for positioning???
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OK folks. For those that use iPad. I am assuming you have an iPad with cellular data for positioning???

Nope. Just GPS enabled.

I do admit to looking out the window as my primary means of navigation.
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Nope. Just GPS enabled.

I do admit to looking out the window as my primary means of navigation.
What do you mean be "GPS enabled"??? iPad without cellular has no GPS
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What do you mean be "GPS enabled"??? iPad without cellular has no GPS

I'll have to have my kid explain it to me John as I do not have a clue. My iPad mini has no cellular ability and is wi-fi only but it runs Navionics on the boat no problem at all.
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OK folks. For those that use iPad. I am assuming you have an iPad with cellular data for positioning???
We do, yes. I mostly use it for planning, especially since the app interfaces with Active Captain. We use the laptop once underway really
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For Windows only, OpenCpn is a very complete freeware nav program.
Just to point out that OpenCPN also works with Mac OS X 10.7 and later, and any Linux distribution. And there is a beta version for Android, but I haven't tried it.

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But since almost all laptops, netbooks, etc do not have a built in GPS you have to use a USB gps. These have a problem with OpenCpn which has been around for years.
Here I've been using a Shipmodul MiniPlex-Lite to multiplex slow (GPS) and fast (AIS) NMEA data to USB. It has been working flawlessly with OpenCPN on my Windows 8.1 PC. AIS data is very nice to have on the OpenCPN display...
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I'll have to have my kid explain it to me John as I do not have a clue. My iPad mini has no cellular ability and is wi-fi only but it runs Navionics on the boat no problem at all.
Please post his explanation! I did not think that was possible either.
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I have used a lap top for 13 years and currently use Nobletech. One of the best and smooth integration with Furuno.
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I was on a friends boat the other day and he had Garmin bluecharts Vision

It was amazing has anyone used the Vision version?
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Didn't know there was a new version....going to check it out
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I plan to buy me a cheap laptop from Wally World, get a GPS antenna, load up Active Cap't and use it as a 3rd back up (already have a C97 and HDS-7 Chartplotters) and planner for my trip to Alaska next year. I looked at Coastal Explorer at the boat show and they wanted $300 for the program. AC is $38 I believe and free for my smart phone which will be the 4th backup.


The laptop will only be used for navigation purposes and will not be connecting to the internet.


Anyone see any issues.
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Please post his explanation! I did not think that was possible either.
If your Ipad has cellular capability it has a built in GPS even if you don't install the cellular sim card, works great and accuracy is amazing. Nobletec Time Zero app on the Ipad is great, free app just buy the charts, very reasonable compared to the digital Canadian charts from the government.
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Is there a new AC that's now intended for navigation? I always thought of it as a marina planning/hazard/user info aid more than a navigational tool.
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I wonder if he means OpenCPN, rather than AC?
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