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Zanshin 10-12-2007 06:27 AM

Passage Planning Software Search
I've just started looking at the various software packages that I can find on the web and wanted to ask here if there were any that people here can recommend or avoid.

So far I'm leaning towards using Visual Passage Planner 2, but that is probably because it was the only package I could find with a demo version.

sailingdog 10-12-2007 09:17 AM

I've used VPP2, it's quite good. Some of the higher end navigation packages can also do passage planning IIRC. However, from what i've seen of them, they're not as good as VPP2.

speciald 10-12-2007 09:44 AM

MaxSea is the program I have used for three years. It is a routing program that uses free Grib files that are updated through its web site every 12 hours. With the boats polars (which it will create for you if not on the programs list), the program creates routing waypoints. The program is not cheap. It is marketed by Furuno in the US and can be coordinated with their firmware.The MaxSea web siye has a demo.

Tartan34C 10-12-2007 11:31 AM

What does passage planning software do?
Thanks and all the best,
Robert Gainer

CapnHand 10-12-2007 01:25 PM

You might find this serves as good as any.

sailingdog 10-12-2007 02:15 PM


From their website:

Visual Passage Planner 2 (VPP2) was designed to bring the power of the computer to the passage planning process. VPP2 automates the tedious, time consuming task of evaluating passage conditions and then estimating passage elapsed times with pen and paper. Using VPP2, many "what-if" scenarios can be played out in the time it would take to manually calculate one route using traditional methods, allowing selection of the best route. In fact, VPP2 now has an automatic Route Optimization Feature that lets VPP2 do most of the hard work when it comes to selecting a route.
Planning a passage with VPP2 is as easy as 1, 2, 3... 1. Enter waypoints on the world-wide chart display area to define a route.
2. Create a vessel speed profile and apply it to the passage.
3. Select a particular report to view or simply view the Instant Report window.

Based on various wind, current, wave height and other Pilot Chart based weather information within VPP2, waypoints may be moved by mouse or keyboard to optimize a route. The Automatic Route Optimization feature in VPP2 will even try to maximize or minimize any of the many route parameters (i.e. minimize route time while also minimizing wave heights). The Instant Reports feature gives you continuous feedback on the passage in real-time as the changes are made. Further optimization of the route can be made right up to departure time and with a laptop computer aboard, VPP will continue to provide updates during the passage and predict your noon-positions as you progress.


Originally Posted by Tartan34C (Post 206119)
What does passage planning software do?
Thanks and all the best,
Robert Gainer

Tartan34C 10-13-2007 10:30 AM

Thanks Mr. Dog and it sounds interesting. I have always enjoyed going over the charts and planning the passage but this sound like a real improvement without any down side. And its something I can do in the office without someone catching on. As it stands now as soon as I roll out a chart everybody in the whole place wants to know what’s up.
All the best,
Robert Gainer

Valiente 10-13-2007 12:34 PM


Originally Posted by Tartan34C (Post 206475)
As it stands now as soon as I roll out a chart everybody in the whole place wants to know what’s up.

Do the more ruthless of your co-workers start putting dibs on your three-hole punch and kidney pillow? (Gainer's bugging out soon...make your move!)

Please understand my joking comes from having worked from home since 1999...I don't miss office life one iota.

Freesail99 10-13-2007 02:05 PM

SD, I have a question, does this VPP2 come with charts ? If not which charts does it use ?

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