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I just saw something pretty interesting in a West Marine flyer yesterday-

Turn your smartphone into a SPOT transponder. Basically, you buy a SPOT antenna, jack it into your smartphone's USB port and install the SPOT app on your smartphone. I like this, because I like combining gadgets instead of having piles of electronics.

The main concern is that smartphones normally aren't ruggedized or waterproof, so if you're going to use your smartphone or tablet as a communications and navigation tool, you need to protect it well.

I've found my Droid X to be pretty tough, but I would still isolate it belowdecks, in a dry-box.

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I just saw something pretty interesting in a West Marine flyer yesterday-

Turn your smartphone into a SPOT transponder. Basically, you buy a SPOT antenna, jack it into your smartphone's USB port and install the SPOT app on your smartphone. I like this, because I like combining gadgets instead of having piles of electronics.

The main concern is that smartphones normally aren't ruggedized or waterproof, so if you're going to use your smartphone or tablet as a communications and navigation tool, you need to protect it well.

I've found my Droid X to be pretty tough, but I would still isolate it belowdecks, in a dry-box.
That looks very cool. Since it will connect via bluetooth, there are several inexpensive waterproof cases for tablets (ipad) and cell phones. I have one for my ipad, it works great and have used it in the cockpit in the rain.

I suspect you could put the spot in one as well, even if separately.


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@Minnewaska - what waterproof case are you using for your iPad. All I've found are essentially large ziploc bags. I'd really like a hard case for it.
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@Minnewaska - what waterproof case are you using for your iPad. All I've found are essentially large ziploc bags. I'd really like a hard case for it.
I will have to check on the make, but it would be classified as a large ziplock bag. Paid about $20. It has two zip locks, which you fold over under a velcro enclosure. It nearly exactly fits the Ipad and swiping through the thick clear plastic is a non-issue. If there were a hard case, you would still need to be able to manipulate the screen, so that may be the reason we haven't seen one.

I was looking for a hard case too and settled for this. However, it was an unjustified bias. The zip lock works great.

While I removed it, there is also a neck lanyard with it and assume the bag would still fit in a RAM holder if you wanted to mount it. However, I haven't tried. I sort of doubt you would be able to easily mount a hard case. However, ours just lives on top of or inside our cockpit table when underway. Finally, I've simply used the bag to transport the Ipad to shore in the dink just in the event it was dropped in the water, then take it out once I'm having a cup of coffee near a wifi spot.


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Re: What are your favorite iPhone/iPad sailing apps?

We have iNavx, Navionics, Hurricane, Hurricane Tracker, Weather Channel, Passagemaker, Wind Bouy, Real Wind and BoatRef.

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Re: What are your favorite iPhone/iPad sailing apps?

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CAUTION ...MY GPS on the phone does NOT work beyond 10-12 miles out at sea.
PLEASE DO NOT rely totally on the phone as your only marine aid.
Any phone that has a real GPS (all iPhones and most higher end phones) will work in the middle of the ocean and have no coastal requirement whatsoever. They will use cellular towers to decrease their time-to-first-fix but don't need the tower support at all if it isn't there.

When my entire Raymarine network with 3 chartplotters all went black while 12 nm offshore at Frying Pan Shoals, it was my iPhone and iPad that never skipped a beat and kept an accurate track of my position.

All of these things can fail and none should be the sole source for any navigational use.
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Holy thread resurrection batman.

I got nothing yet ..but when I get it it will more likely be android then I-anything..
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