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Old 04-23-2016, 05:27 PM   #12
djmarchand
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I have used both Coastal Explorer as the only navigation tool on my friend's boat for a week's cruise and I used OpenCPN on a netbook as backup which became my sole electronic navigation tool when my chartplotter's GPS failed for the last two days of a week long cruise.


I like them both. I do believe that OpenCPN has succumbed to feature creep while trying to satisfy the various members of its "committee" and will never be as robust as a solid commercial product like Coastal Explorer.


But if you need support, go to cruisersforum.com, not here. CF is the semi-official OpenCpn support forum and has its own sub forum there. The BU353 issue has been discussed many times there and the only real solution I know of is a com port utility called, Xport.


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