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The iPad thread! who uses an iPad for sailing?

I use the iPad for a plotter as well as speed and compass. I use motion x gps for my software. It was 2.99 I think and the charts were a free download. Looking to hard mount it in the cockpit. What are guys using for mounts? Software? Tips?

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

zarcor sells a mount for your I-pad. We use navimatics/active captain. I-sail is good. Windfinder is also helpful. But I have a chartbook on the shelf. The Admiral really likes the I-pad.
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On my 4s i have the navionics app and the isailor app and find them both buggy to say the least compared to my marine hardware

Even for use as route planing tools at home with the pretty powerful 4s phone the screen refresh sucks as you drag around a chart

I have to look but one app gives you the lat/lon of a route you plan without compass bearings and the other gives you the compass bearings without lat/lon

The 4s has some level of sunlight viewing the ipad IMHP is useless in sunlight

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

iPhone with iNavX. I bought the app when it very first came out - and it was $50. I don't know what the price is now.

It's been great. Very accurate, great charts - and several other off-shore racers I crew with use it as well. I'm planning on keeping it and upgrading to the iPad.

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

I was thinking of using one only as a backup system within the cabin and also to keep our children from being extremely bored on long trips.

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

I am a late-blooming Apple Fanboy, but their stock performance enhances the romance.

Per the "other" thread, I am a really big fan of the iPad for navigation. When I bought my boat, I used iSailor and accompanying charts to get the boat from Cleveland to Toronto. It sure was comforting to be able to see the little pointer in the middle of the lake in the middle of the night, when there was nearly nothing for visual reference.

The battery life is okay, but we have installed power ports inside the cabin and at the helm. The sunlight viz in less than perfect, but certainly workable or better.

The great thing of course is that, depending on the software, the vector charting is AMAZING - and so intuitive, you can work the software in minutes. The second great thing is that you possibly already have one; millions do. The third great thing is the myriad of other uses for the device. You can give it to kids to amuse them, you can get your Email, you can store all your favourite galley recipes, you can watch stored movies or stream them from Netflix. You can listen to music, look at your photos, it just goes on and on.

No, you don't need a data plan to use it as a plotter.
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Re: The iPad thread! who uses an iPad for sailing?

I have both an ipad, and an iphone. Both run either iNavX or MotionX.

I have found that InavX is the much better plotting software, and it has a lot more configurability than the other chart plotting software i have tried. Right now I have an Imux broadcasting all my boats NMEA date (from raymarine instruments) the the Idevices. which allows me to control all the instruments onboard right from my ipad.

While motoring I often sling a hammock between the forestay and the mast and make course corrections with my iphone.

Next up is to try out the raymarine new apps... i haven't installed the new chartplotter (but it is sitting in my living room). So more information then.

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

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I have an Imux broadcasting all on my boats NMEA date (from raymarine instruments) the the Idevices. which allows me to control all the instruments onboard right from my ipad.

While motoring I often sling a hammock between the forestay and the mast and make course corrections with my iphone.
As both a sailor and a nerd, I am qualified to declare that as "sick"

Where to get an imux now that Brookhouse seems to have ceased production?
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Re: The iPad thread! who uses an iPad for sailing?

InavX software. It's pricey but much less "buggy" than some of the other ones.

I'm on the lookout for an Ipad mount for the cabin to watch movies on rainy days. Thinking of setting it up so I can run the sound through the stereo.
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Re: The iPad thread! who uses an iPad for sailing?

I LOVE this...yes I am going to connect a Mac Mini Server in the boat and run a network on it...then airplay music from iPad or iPhone...I will probably use iPad for all nav and charting, then the iPhone for music stuff....I do like the idea of the NMEA stuff available on the iPad...that sounds cool!

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