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Re: The iPad thread! who uses an iPad for sailing?

I have the same one. It does work just like it had no case at all. I find, I don't bother in the cockpit, unless there is a real risk of a soaking (rain, mist, heavy seas). More often, I stick it in this case with it's cover when we dinghy to shore to find an internet hotspot. I have nasty visions of dropping it when getting in and out of the dink.


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Something to consider:
It's possible that if YOU can control your boat with your iPad through your NMEA link...so can somebody else with an iPad..

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Re: The iPad thread! who uses an iPad for sailing?

I've got OpenCPN on a laptop and Navionics on my iPhone 4S.

OpenCPN feels soooo clunky compared to Navionics. Plus you can't search the charts or click on the marina icons, etc.

Haven't been able to justify an iPad yet, but seeing it in sunlight would definitely be a problem. I can hardly see the phone screen half the time.

I've noticed Raymarine and Furuno have both gone to touchscreen systems that look similar to an iPad and those systems will now stream the info to your iPad or Android tablet for viewing in the cabin. Of course, you only need about $2k on top of the price of your iPad to get that feature ...
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I like the Drag Queen myself. Handy app. Plus after spending a few months in Thailand one sleeps better knowing that the Drag Queen is on top of things.
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Plus after spending a few months in Thailand one sleeps better knowing that the Drag Queen is on top of things.
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Something to consider:
It's possible that if YOU can control your boat with your iPad through your NMEA link...so can somebody else with an iPad..

"We did it! We made the boat tack! In Rhode Island!"
Meh, hidden network with a strong password... Though I do sometimes get the feeling that the fiancÚ has decided its time to go in when the boat turns strait to the harbor.
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IOS 6--I just upgraded my iphone to IOS 6. I use INAVX which, up until now worked flawlessly. Suddenly, it place my boat consistently about 1/2 mile to the west (on land). Has anyone else had difficulties with the transition?
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Re: The iPad thread! who uses an iPad for sailing?

We just came back from a 34 day cruise, and put the iPad 3 to the test. We used the iPad in both the cockpit and down at the chart table, running mostly iNavX for both planning and as a plotter underway. We have the iPad in a Moxiware case (the cheap one), and had it mounted using a RAM bracket.

Overall I found the iPad to be OK as a plotter. The power consumption wasn't too bad, but we had to pay attention to charging to ensure it didn't go to zero. The screen size is great, and the GPS seems to be as accurate as our Garmin handheld. The iNavX charts (2XG Navionics) worked as advertised, although I found iNavX to be a bit touchy when it came to setting up new waypoints. Actually, I found I was inadvertently creating waypoints when I didn't intend to.

The biggest negative was the glare off the screen. Using it in the cockpit was hit and miss, depending on where the sun was. I installed an anti-glare screen, but found it made only minimal difference. In the end we relied more often on the good old Garmin handheld than the iPad while actually running.

Overall I liked having the iPad, but it won't be our primary plotter tool.

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Re: The iPad thread! who uses an iPad for sailing?

I took mine on a two-week cruise in the summer, and glare was never really an issue. Maybe it's because I wear polarized sunglasses?

I did have one issue. We had the sun over our shoulder for the afternoon of the hottest day of the year. At around 4 pm, the pedestal-mounted iPad announced that it was going to take a coffee break - it had overheated in the sun. I took it below, put a fan on it, and it came back to life in about 10 minutes. I was briefly kind of scared.

I have been using iSailor, which I thought was pretty good, now the latest version (1.5) is a huge leap forward in ease of use and functionality.

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