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I got an ipad and handheld gps

So....now I need to learn how to use them.

The ipad isn't the 4g kind, I actually thought I got that, but it turns out I got a bigger GB one instead, they were the same price. But whatever. So I'm looking at the NOAA site and they have charts. There are two different formats: Electronic Navigation, and Raster navigation.

Which one do I want for the ipad and which one for the handheld gps. I'm going to use the ipad to just look at charts, and the gps the track my movement when I am on the water.

What apps do I want for the ipad?
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Re: I got an ipad and handheld gps

oh, by the way, does anyone know how to download these charts at noaa? when I view them, it just gives me a huge page of weird numbers and letters

god I wish I understood electronics
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Re: I got an ipad and handheld gps

It might make more sense if you go through the ITunes store. There will be an icon for that on the Ipad and then search marine navigation. I would very much recomend downloading the Garmin charts though. Combined with Active Captain, they are excellent. I can vouch for their accuracy in Lake Ontario and the BVI's. Also very good for planning and creating routes. I use the Ipad on the boat - have a holder attached to the binacle - even in full sun the visibility is great and the battery will last for about 10 hrs running the GPS. $50 buys charts for all of North America.

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Re: I got an ipad and handheld gps

There's an app called MotionX GPS that costs something like $5. It will download the NOAA charts and gives you some rudimentary chartplotter features.
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Re: I got an ipad and handheld gps

For $25 you can get the Charts and Tides app and not only have charts, but tide and current info as well as Active Captain data.

Then you'll want the following apps too

Anchor Watch HD
NOAA Buoy and Tide data
SailFlow
WeatherTrack
Intellicast HD
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Re: I got an ipad and handheld gps

NOB, when you download whichever navigation app you want, you get the charts through them. It goes directly into the app. No interaction between you and NOAA.

I have the Garmin app which was free, but $35 for the charts. I get them through a link in the app. I believe that if you want full features, you'll have to pay something.
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Re: I got an ipad and handheld gps

You'll also need a bluetooth GPS to get GPS data into your iPad if you bought the version without cell support. Dual makes one that works well, but is expensive (about $100). I don't know what cheaper solutions have popped up in the 2 years since I bought the Dual.

You do need to make sure that the bluetooth GPS is iPad compatible, most of them are not.
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Re: I got an ipad and handheld gps

Thanks!

So with the Garmin app, I can use bluecharts on both a handheld and the ipad?

How about this for the ipad?

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/oem/...rod109827.html
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Re: I got an ipad and handheld gps

Some of those Dual GPS units look like they provide weather information without a subscription, but they are intended for the aviation group (I think). Does anyone know how marine-appropriate they are?
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Re: I got an ipad and handheld gps

I don't see exactly which model you have (I have no idea what a GB is), but make sure that it is not just WiFi enabled. Unless hey changed from the 3G models, WiFi does not have GPS built in. So that means that you'd have to buy a Verizon, ATT, etc iPad. But you don't need to sign up for a data plan to use the GPS.

I found this out the hard what when I motored away from the dock with my new iPad and lost all ability to locate. I traded it in and got a Verizon 3GS model and everything works great with or without cellular data turned on.
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