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Software for route planning based on tidal currents

Are there any navigation software packages other than Nobeltec Odyssey that can do route planning with ETA's based on specific departure times and incorporating the impact of tidal currents?

Odyssey does route simulations based on your entered departure time (or desired arrival time) that incorporate expected currents from current stations near your route's legs/waypoints.

Any anecdotal reports on the accuracy of these simulations?
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Re: Software for route planning based on tidal currents

Max Sea?
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Yeah, Maxsea Time Zero does this... Only thing is, their tide and current data is not very accurate. I was checking out a friend's install of the latest Time Zero, and compared its current data for Deception Pass with NOAA's. Maxsea missed slack water by almost 45 minutes, and was almost 9 kts off on the speed. All the other places in Puget Sound we compared it with NOAA were off too.

The software looks great overall, but we were pretty disappointed with the lack of accuracy for tides and currents. That alone would make me hold off on purchasing it... For the money they want for it, it oughta be able to handle that accurately.

Disclaimer: I only checked its accuracy in Puget Sound. Maybe it's accurate elsewhere.
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Re: Software for route planning based on tidal currents

Thanks for letting me know about MaxSea. I sail in the Pacific Northwest as well so the inaccurate data there is a concern for me too. And the price is even higher than Nobeltec.
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