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Old 11-01-2014, 05:54 PM   #1
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Are there any navigation tools similar to Google maps? It's winter here, but want to plan a couple trips for spring!
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Old 11-01-2014, 05:59 PM   #2
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Join ActiveCaptain.com. It has several capabilities that will help your voyage planning: a distance path calculator and thousands of anchorage and marina reviews. It is free.

The one downside: it uses Flash so it doesn't work on Macs, iPads and Android devices.

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Old 11-01-2014, 06:01 PM   #3
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Of course all I have is a Mac.
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There are a number of plotter apps., Garmin and Navionics come to mind.
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Old 11-01-2014, 07:36 PM   #5
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There are a number of plotter apps., Garmin and Navionics come to mind.

Garmin Blue chart app is great stuff... Use it all the time.
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:37 PM   #7
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Opn Capn is a great free chart plotter app that runs on Macs. Or step up to Polar navy, or my choice, MacENC.
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Old 11-01-2014, 11:42 PM   #8
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Try OpenCPN. Good free chartplotter program for the PC

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Old 11-02-2014, 09:24 AM   #10
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If you want to plan trips I suggest starting with some of the print guidebooks such as these:

http://www.waterwayguide.com/shipsto...x.php?cPath=21

These will give you a good idea of where you might want to go and the facilities available.

Active Captain is good also but doesn't give you the overview of the guidebooks. It's better underway if you have Internet access.

I use Garmin's Homeport to plot the actual routes and then upload them to my plotter. It only works if you have a Garmin plotter.
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Old 11-02-2014, 02:08 PM   #11
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Thanks guys! I do have a Lowrance Elite 5 which is a fishfinder/GPS but can't find software where I can plot a course out on the computer and then transfer it to the device.
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