Re: Garmin and Navionics Apps
I use Charts and Tides and find it simple and easy to use. Mostly used as a backup nav and pre-planner. No connectivity is required. I don't need or want anything hard core. I got Garmin when I went to BVI this winter, as C&T doesnt have BVI charts available, mostly to have something to quickly measure distances. Works great, but surprisingly more complicated. Garmin has made an art of intuitive interfaces in many other product lines.
I have actually needed my ipad twice as a backup in the last couple of years. Once, the internal compass for the plotter went belly up, then the plotter at the helm went dark on me another time. The first was in a small, unfamiliar, unmarked cove. The latter I was in familair territory, but it was still very nice to have.
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