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Re: Real feedback on iPad Apps - Navigation/CharPlotter

I use Motion X GPS. It was used to chart the 2 record breaking Trans Pacs. The owner of the company Kahn is a sailor. I find it affordable ($2?), accurate, reliable and easy to use. I used it on a trip from Newport Beach to Catalina. Others on board were VERY impressed. Motor sailing over was a piece of cake. On the way back it was a bit hairy with big winds and big seas. Still the software kept me right on track. Many times showing we were being pushed too far south by seas and winds. You did get the 4G version of the iPad right? That has the dedicated GPS in it. The WiFi only does not have stand alone GPS. This means you can get GPS tracking without Cell signal. My wife has the iPad 3, I use her original iPad for the boat now. I turned off the data plan, so no Cell service at all for me, but the GPS worked flawlessly. I found that I didn't use the Map section or chart section as much as I used its compass page. It has my speed, heading, distance to waypoint, and bearing to waypoint. I use bearing to waypoint and my ship compasses to navigate. If I get off course , it automatically recalculates a new course and bearing to get me to my destination. Here is what that screen looks like....

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