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post #11 of Old 03-19-2012
olson34
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Re: Chart Plotter vs Software + Laptop or iPad???

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Originally Posted by DRFerron View Post
Their website has screen shots. Did you have specific questions?

The software isn't free. It costs $40 (one time charge) to connect to the GPS and for use on up to five machines and I considered it worth the money. Route planning can be done without paying. OpenCPN will run concurrently with Polar Navy should you feel the need to do that. I did it to see which I found easier to use while underway.
Hmmm... My question was really too open-ended...

When you set up a route, can you click and drag way points to alter it? Easily save it and name it?
Is the import and storage of NOAA charts really seamless?

Price, at the sub-hundred $ point, is not the main issue for me. Ease of use is the more important factor.
FWIW, I have done several deliveries on boats with Nobeltec. Way too many "bells n whistles" for me (and the skppper, too...). And then there's the $600. Yikes.

BTW, interesting to see the comments on OpenCPN expressed here.

Thanks again,
Loren
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