Re: The iPad thread! who uses an iPad for sailing?
I bought the Ipad2 when it first came out in Winter/Spring '11. Installed Charts and Tides as a backup gps to our installed Raymarine Chartplotter. It turns out that C&T has better resolution for close in detail, such as small coves and anchorages. I learned this when the compass for the installed plotter when belly up as we were leaving an unmarked cove in Maine last year. Ran below, fired her up and picked our way out. I also love the offline ActiveCaptain database on this app, with all icons superimposed over an actual chart. Its actually better than the online version.
We use Anchor Watch as an anchor alarm. The part that I love is that it will email my smartphone if the anchor drags while we are ashore. Of course, you need 3G service for it to do so.
The other major advantage of 3G service is weather downloads real time. Everything from multi-day grib files to weather buoy data to real time radar. We get a good signal several miles from shore.
Then, as mentioned above, it is a real multi-tasker. Email, netflix, pandora radio, games for kids, internet searches, etc.
Couldn't imagine not having it now.
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