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Old 06-10-2018, 10:34 AM   #1
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Opinions on "best" iPad navigation app?

I know that opinions are like macerater outlets, so I expect a wide range of comments. :-)

I'm curious what iPad apps people are using for navigation? In particular, I'm looking for a good solution for the US Mississippi River system and tributaries, and the Erie Canal system. Great Loop intentions in two years. Doing a section of the Erie Canal this summer.

I'm using OpenCPN on a laptop, and am learning how to use it - finding my way through their menus and options - but also want a solution on my iPad as a fall back.

I've seen mixed feedback on the Navionics iPad products, in both costs and features, and so before looking more I wanted to ask here and get known alternatives that I might also want to look at.

Thoughts?

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Old 06-10-2018, 11:14 AM   #2
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I have great confidence and success with Navionics HD. I used it to transit from Marco Island to Pensacola. It performed flawlessly and the Raymarine Dragonfly WiFi sonar overlayed so they were displayed.
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Old 06-10-2018, 11:33 AM   #3
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I now use SEAiq. There are 2 recreation versions available in the sub $50 price.
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I lime to cruise the Bahamas so I have Garmin Blue Chart on an Apple iPad and iPhone. Never had a problem on either side of the Stream.
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Old 06-10-2018, 12:09 PM   #5
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I lime to cruise the Bahamas so I have Garmin Blue Chart on an Apple iPad and iPhone. Never had a problem on either side of the Stream.
Do you have to be connected to a cell network to use the Garmin Blue Chart, or is it 100% contained on the iPad once you have downloaded it?
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Old 06-10-2018, 12:18 PM   #6
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I also use SEAiQ, mostly for its raster NOAA charts. It also uses USCOE charts for the inland waters.

But if you have an Android tablet, MxMariner is the best for any tablet.

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Old 06-10-2018, 12:32 PM   #7
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I have tried a few but keep going back to Navionics I think on our next run we will try SeaIQ
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Old 06-10-2018, 01:30 PM   #8
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Another vote for Navionics.



I read Erie Canal is free this year! Yet another anniversary or something.
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�� Navionics, Great program, our primary navigation on the large IPAD pro.
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Bought a new iPad Pro with the newest version of Navionics. Used it for a 350 mile cruise last month. I could not have been happier.
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I have been using SeaIq for 4 years now and really like it. However after reading a fairly comprehensive shootout of iPad navigation apps I've been looking hard at switching to Aqua Map. I think both are quite a bit better than Navionics.

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Everything is contained in the memory of the iPad including Actice Captain. I also have Navionics but much prefer Blue Chart. My boat uses Garmin products so perhaps I’m use to them.
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I'm using an I-pad linked to my Garmin XS-741. I see I need to upgrade so I can have some redundancy. Thanks for all the suggestions ya'll!

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BlueCharts for the iPad have been discontinued, so if you are just starting out with a new app I would use another.
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I have navionics, SEAiq, and Aqua maps installed on my iPad. I have been able to down load charts from NOAA for free for both Navionics and SEAiq. Aqua maps wants to charge me $20 for charts. It could be that they just want $20 for the program but won’t show the maps until I pay. SEAiq gave me a 7 day demo and continues to let me see charts and Active Captain data. If I want to continue using it as a plotter I need to pay. Navionics I got as a present and I use it for planning all the time.

Both Navionics and SEAiq work well I suspect the Aqua Maps does as well. I’d like to read this shoot out to see how they judged things. I think picking the best one is like picking the best engine.
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BlueCharts for the iPad have been discontinued, so if you are just starting out with a new app I would use another.
Yep, it was a great program. Right up to the point that Garmin ruined it.
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So you are saying I have to keep my iPad ?
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Hello...I am using Navionics HD with full suscription (autorouting dock to dock and sonar charts) I can sync to my Raymarine.
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Everything is contained in the memory of the iPad including Actice Captain. I also have Navionics but much prefer Blue Chart. My boat uses Garmin products so perhaps I’m use to them.
Ok, thx
I have been using Blue Charts on my iPad, but it was not smooth going.
Not sure what the problems was, perhaps the GPS is more accurate if updated with internet or a cell network or some such thing, 5-6 years ago, can’t remember what the problem was.
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