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Old 05-11-2018, 08:57 PM   #1
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What app to use now that Blue Chart is dead?

We loved it. We used it to plan on where to go and where to stop. We loved all of the reviews of marinas and restaurants.

What are you guys using? My iPhone is my only source of navigation.
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:00 PM   #2
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We loved it. We used it to plan on where to go and where to stop. We loved all of the reviews of marinas and restaurants.

What are you guys using? My iPhone is my only source of navigation.
If it only for planning : https://webapp.navionics.com/?lang=en

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Garmin is migrating all info in BlueChart to Active Captain. Itís almost as good, but Garmin announced that theyíre improving Active Captain, and so far itís working well. I recently downloaded Navionics, at the suggestion of a friend, and itís a good program. The only advantage Iíve seen is the Auto-routing, Active Captain still has more reviews and input that is worthwhile. Between the two, it should offer all a coastal cruiser really needs in the way of navigational info.
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Old 05-12-2018, 03:46 PM   #4
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Iím trying AQUAMAP. $20 for all US charts forever. It does include ActiveCaptain info. Itís not as intuitive at garmin. Itís from Italy I believe.
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We loved it. We used it to plan on where to go and where to stop. We loved all of the reviews of marinas and restaurants.

What are you guys using? My iPhone is my only source of navigation.
Four phone/tablet apps that I know of are Plan2Nav (C-Map vector charts), MX Mariner (NOAA raster charts), iSailor (dunno where they get their charts from), and MaxSea TimeZero (NOAA vector and raster charts, or you can pop for C-Map or Navionics vector charts).

Not sure if there's a iThing version of MX Mariner.

TimeZero (iThing only, or laptops) is the most full-featured of those (although I haven't worked with iSailor too much yet to compare).

Plan2Nav, MX Mariner, and TimeZero all incorporate ActiveCaptain markers; iSailor does not.

None of those are sufficiently useful for us on a small phone-sized display.

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Old 05-13-2018, 07:22 AM   #6
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I'm still running Garmin Bluecharts on my Ipad, and I update the Active Captain part of it regularly.

I am afraid to accept a Garmin update for fear it may be a "poison pill" that ends up disabling my Bluechart Ipad program.
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I don't upgrade on iPad so I don't lose Blue Chart. Will have to eventually, hope to make the spring move north without an update.
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I lost BlueChart because I got a replacement iPad and when I tried to log back in I realized all the information was gone. That’s when I realized what happened.
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Any iPad backup? That would restore the app
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I think I will just live without the updates, and rely on active captain for any major changes that I should be aware of, rather than take the chance of losing everything.

Curses to Garmin for making me have to make that choice.
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I have not downloaded the Active Captain app yet. When it first came out there were some less than positive observations.


Is it ready for prime time?
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Iím trying AQUAMAP. $20 for all US charts forever. It does include ActiveCaptain info. Itís not as intuitive at garmin. Itís from Italy I believe.


So I read this post and decided to pay the $19.99 to get the Aqua Map app for my Iphone. I was hoping for:
Easy to read charts.
Easy to post chart notes.
Dynamic current information.
Integrated Active Captain.
To name just a few. BUT what I got was everything above and more.
I Love This Aqua Map app.
Thank you for taking the time to share
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I have not downloaded the Active Captain app yet. When it first came out there were some less than positive observations.


Is it ready for prime time?
It's like any other user generated data. Your best bet is to rely on the mean answers and comments, and discard the aberational data.
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Off topic on AQUAMAP. The app will timeout and my iPad will turn off. BlueChart did not do this. Is this an app issue or me?
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Off topic on AQUAMAP. The app will timeout and my iPad will turn off. BlueChart did not do this. Is this an app issue or me?


Maybe Aqua Map does not keep running active and you may have to set up your ipad to not go to sleep.
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Love the information format of Aqua Map
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Thanks for posting that. Iíll probably be going with that.
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Old 05-14-2018, 03:27 PM   #18
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Thanks for posting that. Iíll probably be going with that.


I like it a lot. Just my opinion.
But for $19.99 thatís less than lunch.
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I like it a lot. Just my opinion.
But for $19.99 thatís less than lunch.
Thanks for sharing I am stuck in a hotel in Germany for a few more hours so I think I will add this to my IPAD and learn it a little
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Aqua Map has been upgraded to support Active Captain
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