Not really a good idea.
First, the iPad is not water-resistant.
Second, the screen isn't very good to read, especially in daylight.
Third, ActiveCaptain only works when you have an active internet connection.
Fourth, the only models that wil have the integrated GPS are the 3G models AFAIK
. That means you need to get the 3G equipped models, which will cost you $30 or so a month for the data plan and are more expensive than a basic Garmin chartplotter.
You can download and add POI data to the Garmin chartplotters. You can download lists that contain the local marine facilities to your Garmin pretty easily.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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