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Old 03-10-2012, 01:14 PM   #21
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Elwin & Benn, I for one will be very interested in hearing about your experiences with the Structurescan. I'm not a fisherman, but that looks like a great tool for exploring quiet little bays and coves etc.
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:49 PM   #22
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Most definitely.. I just PMed you.*

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Old 03-10-2012, 08:36 PM   #23
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Now back to PC based plotters.
I have been thru a few systems over the years.
Started in 1994 with an Aussie made system called C-Plot, this was a good syhstem with a dedicated keyboard but at that stage their own digitised charts.
Changed over to Tsunami a few years later, and this has been my favourite.
Some years ago changed to nobeltec VNS as Transtas support for Tsunami appeared to drop off.

Change up with Nobelyec to their C map charts when the Jeppsen/ Bowing thinghy happened.
It would now appear that Nobeltec is having a complete change with their system and I am now in a bit of a quandry to which way I will jump. Stay with Nobeltec or have another change.

C-Plot is still there and now supports raster and C Map charts, some of the free ones are no good in Aus as they don'y have any charts, Sea Max may be good but havn,t completed the free trial yet.

What are other guys using in the higher end type PC based plotters.
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:01 AM   #24
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Up north there is considerable*interest in*the Coastal Explorer software from Rose Point Navigation.* Coastal Explorer uses vector, raster and C-Map charts.* For those of us in the U.S. the official vector and raster charts are available free of charge from NOAA (thanks to the Freedom of Information Act).* Your installed Coastal Explorer software automatically checks for newly released charts for areas you have specified and downloads them if you have internet access.* Alternatively you can copy downloaded charts to a flash drive and then take them to the boat and import them.* List price for Coastal Explorer is $399US but you can usually find discounts at boat shows.* Rose Point website:

http://rosepointnav.com/default.htm

Rose Point recently added the ability to use the Jeppeson C-Map charts (not the SD chip version but the CD/DVD version).* C-Map has good coverage of waters worldwide.* Another alternative source for vector charts is ChartWorld out of Germany.* I purchased ChartWorld's version of Navionics ENC charts of the British Columbia coast for 149 Euros.* Here's their website:

http://www.chartworld.com/web/

As far as the hardware goes (and not getting into the Apple vs PC argument) many people simply use a laptop for their navigation system.* That was the solution that got us to Alaska*in 2005 but died a couple of years later.* My current solution is a 12 VDC automotive computer running Win7 and feeding a standard 250 nit PC display.*



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Steppen,
Thanks for that.
I will try the Rose Point trial when I get home.
Have all the Naavionics charts from my Lowrance sounder/plotter.
I am also going to talk to Nobeltek re their future plans for VNS and if support will continue.
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Hi Benn,

I've had Raytech (originally Kiwitech of which I had a beta version), Nobel tech and now I use Fugawi with*Navionics Gold charts.*I'm intrigued at the comments about the Fugawi interface - I've found it easy to use and the whole program very satisfactory.

Some of the free ones, here in NZ at least, are a bit limited in that they don't provide a course-up view which I regard as essential if using in conjunction with radar.

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