Still loving our P-303
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Belhaven, NC
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Re: ipad as instrumentation...
We use 2 Android tablets for navigation, 1 on a plastic mount on the pedestal guard, one at the inside nav station connected to a 12 volt USB charger. That way my wife and I have similar info to our location, and while she's below, she can scan for new anchorages or find distances to a place we want to go. Our Garmin 165 is too old to get cartridge charts for it, but it's a great "low-battery-drain" for anchor watch over the night.
We're found that putting the cockpit tablet into "sleep mode", when we really don't need it, it will run the energy hogging GPS unit for almost a full day of cruising. Granted, a new Raytheon waterproof display in the cockpit would be great, but spending $6k on a $20k boat makes no sense.
If anyone has a suggestion, I would love to be able to cheaply provide a depth readout on our Navionics app on the tablets.
Doug & Sandy - Footloose in the Abacos