Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Calgary Alberta
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Someone asked if anyone uses this program. I do. I have a Macbook pro computer with a large screen. I partitioned the hard drive and installed Windows XP using bootcamp, thus I can boot the computer either in the Mac OS or Window XP. For navigation I obviously boot into windows. The computer is plugged into the Raymarine bus and the Navionics Gold card is in my E80 chartplotter that is at the helm. The computer is secure down below at the chart table. Since it takes more power, we generally only use it when close to shore or wanting to do some planning, since it is a LOT easier to work on a laptop, than on a chartplotter. I would NOT want only the laptop however, since it takes only ONE spilled cup of coffee or any other fluid (even humidity over time) and you'll be seeing a blue screen, if that.
I also have paper charts from Bellingham Chart printers. They are grayscale and printed to order (I notice their website is down so I hope they're still in business).
Ive previously used Nobeltec and was very happy with it. However having the Raymarine hardware I was forced to change and became used to the Raytech program and now really like it. The latest version is 6.1, which has the main upgrade from mine (6.0), that the Raymarine AIS data is now displayed on the computer as well. It's a major irritation on our system that the AIS only displays on the chartplotter. I'm still awaiting a response from Raymarine to find out how to upgrade and what it will cost.
So, Yes I've used Rayteck from Newport RI, all the way through the Caribbean down to Grenada and really like the program. As with everything, one needs to get used to it. There are still features I don't understand but the ones I want and need, work very well.