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Navionics - Lake Ontario/Thousand Islands

Hi All. I'm confused and maybe someone here can give me some clarification .. never used any digital charts before. I would like to make a trip to the thousand islands from Toronto but I'm not sure which of the Navionics Mobile apps I want. "Marine & Lakes US & Canada" looks like the one but I'm not clear. For the $15 (android version) it seems like a lot of chart for $15 bucks.
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Hi All. I'm confused and maybe someone here can give me some clarification .. never used any digital charts before. I would like to make a trip to the thousand islands from Toronto but I'm not sure which of the Navionics Mobile apps I want. "Marine & Lakes US & Canada" looks like the one but I'm not clear. For the $15 (android version) it seems like a lot of chart for $15 bucks.
You're right, it is alot of chart for the money! I have Marine& Lakes and lake Ontario is in there. Of course Navionics is not a substitute for paper charts! (Although I don't pull my paper ones out often!)

I compared Navionics to my Garmin GPS with the expensive proprietary chart chip, and the 2 agreed pretty much exactly!
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Note that the $15 version is NOT for Android tablets. For those you need the $50HD version
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In the play store it shows $15 for me. Mine isn't an HD tablet. Though, I'm now considering using my iPad instead.
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I run the regular version on my Android tablet as well as my new phone. I didn't even know there WAS an HD version. I paid $30 for the version I have, so I guess they dropped the price when the HD version came out.
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Re: Navionics - Lake Ontario/Thousand Islands

I don't know anything about "apps" but having cruised the islands many times I think it would be unwise to go without paper charts. Paper gives an over view that you will never get on your phone or tablet. Rocks are very unforgiving and there are a lot of them.
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I don't know anything about "apps" but having cruised the islands many times I think it would be unwise to go without paper charts. Paper gives an over view that you will never get on your phone or tablet. Rocks are very unforgiving and there are a lot of them.
I like to have paper charts too but my Garmin App on my iPad with full GPS capability is the best electronic charting I have. I use my paper charts to get an overview and in conjunction with electronic charts plan routes. If I had to choose one over the other I would choose electronic.

Once, that work is done I much prefer electronic charting because it provides me with so much more information. This is just my opinion

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I don't know anything about "apps" but having cruised the islands many times I think it would be unwise to go without paper charts. Paper gives an over view that you will never get on your phone or tablet. Rocks are very unforgiving and there are a lot of them.
Please explain.

Sure it is nice to be able to spread a full sized chart out on the table and look at the overall picture when you are planning a trip. On the other hand, when you are in the cockpit in wind and possibly rain, paper charts are pretty much a PITA. Electronic charts, on the other hand, allow you to zoom out for the "big picture" or zoom right in to the area in the immediate vicinity of the boat. That variable scale is far more useful than a 20x30 piece of paper! I know people say you shouldn't trust electronics, but in my experience, when I am close to visible reefs or shoal water and I look at my gps charts, it shows my position pretty much exactly as my eyes tell me. If you are going to a new area, it is easy enough to compare electronic charts to paper to make sure they agree.

I consider paper charts to be nothing more than a back-up to the multiple electronic systems I have at my disposal.
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