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I'm assuming you're using a PC... from the fact that you're using Maptech.

The most expensive is the Maptech Pro ($499), followed by the Capn Voyager ($449), which is also sold by Maptech. Fugawi Global Navigator ($120) is the most economical of the commercial packages. Seaclear is a free package, but fairly limited in what it can do. I have and use the C-Map commercial product, but thinl that one of the others may be a bit more user friendly.

On the Mac, I've used MacGPS and MacENC, which are both by the same company. The MacENC package is the only one that supports ENC files on the Mac AFAIK.

It would help a lot if you could specify what specific features you're looking for in a navigation software package? Do you want to be able to use NOAA ENC charts? Do you want to be able to see AIS information on the screen? Do you want the software to help with routing??

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