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Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

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Sea Clear is one of the first plotting programs but is pretty limited nowadays. It will only read Raster format, available from NOAA but few other sources. It will not read ENC format. You can create your own raster charts of other areas by using GE pictures but I wouldn't trust these. Almost free is the Polar Navy program which is a great little program for little money.
I decided to try Polar Navy based on your suggestion. I downloaded the free 30 trial installed it and plugged the Garmin 76cx into the usb port. The instructions say: Right click on PolarCOM tray icon and select Configure menu option. Well, there is no tray icon (Blue Globe) and I cannot open the Configure menu! Even with the shift/alt/C, it won't open. So....here I go again!
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Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

One of the initial set up procedures that involves some experimenting is in getting the input GPS signal onto the right port and format. The Garmin USB format sometimes is not the initial set up so it needs to be set up. PolarCOM is the communications program. Did you download it as well?

By the way, I do use SeaClear to print out raster charts. It has no advertising logos, etc, and seems to be the best program to do simple chart printing.
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Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

Further to this thread: Downloaded SeaClear correctly in Windows7, looks fine.
Got GlobalSat USB GPS receiver installed. Runs fine.
Open SeaClear, window comes up with the message CAN NOT OPEN PORT 1.
No idea!
Anybody with suggestions?
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Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

Seaclear uses a serial port (com1,com2,com3 or com4) not USB port.
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Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

Hello,

Your USB GPS should come with a software driver that will create a serial port (virtual). You need to run the device manager (start control panel and then device manager) and look at the 'Port's section (click the + to expand the section). One of the items should have a COM port and 'GPS' associated with it. That's the com port you want to use with Seaclear.

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Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

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I decided to try Polar Navy based on your suggestion. I downloaded the free 30 trial installed it and plugged the Garmin 76cx into the usb port. The instructions say: Right click on PolarCOM tray icon and select Configure menu option. Well, there is no tray icon (Blue Globe) and I cannot open the Configure menu! Even with the shift/alt/C, it won't open. So....here I go again!
Sorry that it took me so long to notice this thread (thanks Barry).

Stated earlier is that for PolarNavy to detect the GPS, you have to start PolarCOM either before or after you start Polar Navy (i've tried it both ways). PolarCOM creates and manages the virtual serial ports for the USB GPS.

I have tried SeaClear, OpenCPN and PolarNavy. For the cost of the software, and the ease of loading and updating charts, and the integration with ActiveCaptain, Polar Navy is, IMHO, the best of the bunch.
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Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

For Polar Navy, at least, the GPS only works with the paid version.
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Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

Thanks Donna, but I can find no notation to that effect...

I believe that PolarView NS will work if you download and install PolarCOM.

PolarCOM is a FREE, but separate, download. Here is the description;
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PolarCOM was developed to be an integrated NMEA 0183 marine navigation instrument data bridge and multipurpose data display. It combines background server operation with high quality easy to read and fully customizable digital instrument views, complementary to a chart display of PolarView.

PolarCOM can bridge any NMEA 0183 compatible data. It will understand and display data based on following sentences: GLL,GGA,GSA,GSV,VTG,RMC,DBT.
Available instrument types include:
- GPS position
- Speed Over Ground
- Course Over Ground (True)
- Course Over Ground (Magnetic)
- Depth Below Transducer
- Time of Day
- GPS Satellite Status
Here are some key features of "PolarCOM":
Support for multiple NMEA 0183 data sources and instrument types
TCP and UDP network server support permits sharing your NMEA 0183 data with network-enabled navigation software
NMEA data logging and replay capability
Customizable set of digital instruments for data display, providing virtually infinite combinations of views
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Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

... Continuing...

I am glad that this came up. I just visited the Polar Navy site, and see that in Polar Navy 2.0, PolarCOM is retired! The product is now fully integrated as of October 14, 2013. I'm going to try it now.
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Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

With the updated version (2.0.2), I notice that it loads more quickly than the old version (1.whatever). I don't have my USB GPS puck, so I can't try that right now.

I did, however update over 450 charts in my library in UNDER 20 minutes.
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