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Old 05-28-2015, 10:08 AM   #21
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The description on the App Store says it will view and control the chart plotter. I have no firsthand experience with it as I haven't bought the 7600 chart plotter yet.
Yes, i have it and have used it a couple times.

The point IS, that its not a independent navigational program. Should the chart-plotter break the garmin helm app is useless. We aren't talking about MFD remotes (what helm is) we're talking navigation programs.
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:19 AM   #22
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Here's the helm app controlling my 741XS.
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:25 AM   #23
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Even I use Navimatics on my i-pad.

I keep the chart Plotter on what's in front of me and surf around far ahead for alternate anchorages, points to round, shallow waters to cross and narrow channels. Then I'm acquainted w them when I get there. It's also just fun looking at unfamiliar places.

But actually I probably get more use out of it at home pondering trips of the future.
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:32 AM   #24
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The point IS, that its not a independent navigational program. Should the chart-plotter break the garmin helm app is useless. We aren't talking about MFD remotes (what helm is) we're talking navigation programs.
Got it. So basically, if Garmin would integrate Helm and Blue Chart Mobile, they would have a great app.

I seem to like Navionics and Polarview on the iPad so there would be backup. Will look at the app you mentioned also.
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:38 AM   #25
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Yes, if garmin would make a app that utilized the data that the garmin chart plotter used they would have a great thing going.
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Raymarines one app has pretty much full control of the MFD.


There is on that's just a viewer, but the other is screen repeater and control.


My e7D is....not sure what others are.
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Thanks, PSNEELD: I just ordered the GPS puck, now all I need is to get a dedicated puter. I don't really do tablets well, so I'll begin looking for the laptop in the next couple days.
Here's a netbook like the one I use onboard. At $169, it's tough to beat. It's Windows 8. The 11.6 in screen is plenty big yet the footprint is much smaller than a 13 incher.

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Looks like got here too late for the OP, but I highly recommend getting a laptop with Bluetooth connectivity and a Bluetooth GPS "puck". That way you can leave the puck in one ideal place, like on the lower helm dash, and take the laptop anywhere on the boat. So you you are dragging around a cord connected puck with you. And, say you have a very enclosed master stateroom. Now you could have your laptop at your bedside and use the anchor watch application on your nav software.

Agree that a cheap Dell, HP or Asus type machine will do the job just fine.
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