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I'm not in my 50s, but I use my iPad 1 for navigation too. Remember you need the 3G version (cell version) to have the GPS. I use and recommend BOTH iNavX and Garmin's BlueChart because I like having both raster and vector charts. I'll use ActiveCaptain for planning, but I find if I try to use it when actually underway I get crashes.

At the risk of being keel-hauled, I also use it as my electronic log, maintenance log, punch list, and it carries ALL of my navigation pubs (available as PDFs from NOAA, so I have the Light List, List of Lights, Bowditch, Coast Pilots, etc on there as well - probably about 50-75 lbs worth of books) and technical pubs (engine manual, etc). The PDF Viewer app was a free download, and does a really good job. Everything backs up to my computer.

The backup to this is my iPhone. Whatever works on my iPad also works on my iPhone. Tertiary goes to a handheld GPS, then finally I'm on to my charts. And I carry a computer on real passages.

I have also used this system underway during my day job on big ships. I like to be able to perform an early crosscheck of our electronic navigation system. Trust but verify.

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I use isailor for planing and move it to my fixed unit

I like the fact that it generates a range and bearing for each leg which allows compass use should everything else break

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I use Navionics and Garmin apps on my iPad2 with cell service and internal GPS. Did you know that the Navionics app only shows True North? Don't know about the Garmin app, but assume it is the same. So if you create a route on your iPad app, it is degrees True. You will need to apply the correction for Variation if you want to use your boats compass. On the other hand, if you create a route on the iPad app and follow the route only using your app, you will be ok because no variation is needed.

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......the Navionics app only shows True North?.......
That surprises me. I believe its a user controlled option in Charts and Tides.


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One issue you will find is that an IPad draws 2.4 amps. most 12 volt chargers are 2.1 amps. Sooner or later it will go dead if in use, even if plugged in!
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Untrue. I just solo'd around Delmarva with my iPad Gen2 plugged in the entire time, sharing the 12v adapter with my Dual XGPS150 puck.

Just ensure that your 12v adapter can pass the needed current to the iPad. Also, dimming the display at night greatly reduces the power draw.

Regarding iPads freezing up while looking for updates and attempting shore connections:

I'm not 100% certain yet, but I think the best way to avoid this is to use an external, Bluetooth GPS puck like the Dual XGPS150 or 160, and DISABLE Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connectivity. If the iPad is cut off from Wi-Fi and cell networks, it will not be attempting to download updates, and it will not experience intermittent network connectivity that leads to slow performance and system hang-ups.

I realize that some of you like to access email, weather websites and AIS websites when near shore, but I would not enable 3G/4G or Wi-Fi unless you're running a backup navigator as Maine Sail does.

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I realize that some of you like to access email, weather websites and AIS websites when near shore, but I would not enable 3G/4G or Wi-Fi unless you're running a backup navigator as Maine Sail does.
When we have the need to be connected, the wife turns on the "hot spot" on her phone. I just had no need to purchase a data plan for the iPad.

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I use the Navionics package and like it a lot. I've had it for about three years or so. On the old boat, we didn't have a chartplotter in the cockpit. With our new boat, we have a Raymarine e127 in the cockpit but I still use the iPad for the quick 'what-if' plotting of routes. Also, Raymarine provides apps that either allow me to view only or view and control the chartplotter from the iPad (including the autopilot). So I didn't need to put a display down below. I can just use my iPad to look at radar/wind if we are anchored and bad weather is coming.

I also have Seasonality Go which provides a number of useful graphs (like predicted winds/precipitation/...)

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