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Re: Chart Plotter vs Software + Laptop or iPad???
We've used Polar Navy
on a $99 netbook successfully for years. When it rains the netbook sits on the end of the galley counter, otherwise it's in the cockpit.
No issues thus far and no plans to spend 10X more on a chartplotter (which has a smaller screen) until we decide to head offshore and out of sight of land. Even then I'm not totally convinced it's an absolute must but I'll see at that point.
Have also tried SeaClear (clunky and temperamental and no longer supported) and OpenCPN (OK). I found Polar Navy the easiest to use and it has the same features as OpenCPN.
While I have been content with the Mac navigation software from MacENC, I'm also curious about PolarNavy.
(We keep our old iBook down on the nav table with a GPS antenna plugged into it.)
They say it runs on Linux, Mac, and Windows. You are the first sailor to mention running the PolarNavy app.
Have you any further comments about it or screen shots you might share?