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View Poll Results: Thoughts about Laptop-based Chart Plotters:
Pay for PC Software (Recommendations please!) 4 30.77%
Download it free 7 53.85%
PC Chart Plotters are rubbish 0 0%
Uuurgh, don't know why I'm on this thread. 2 15.38%
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Laptop-based Chart Plotters

Hello sailors. I'm considering going for PC-based chart plotter software for cruising, albeit with paper back-up. I note the choice of freeware vs purchase (up to 100GBP) mentioned in much older posts. Can anyone offer me some personal experiences of either? Grateful for all related views!!
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I've tried out OpenCPN. Its completely free and works well enough (there have been some reports that the MAC version has bugs).

Check out my blog for the setup I'm using:
The Stuffin Box: Chartplotting on a budget
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Free PC based chart plotter is super for US coastal navigation, charts are freely available. Only drawback to a laptop is that the screen washes out in the sun light so it's best use is below decks.
I'll second OpenCPN, it is however undergoing rapid development at this time. A new build is being released every week or so. Great changes and bug fixes are happening. It does both raster and vector charts which I find useful.
Other choices would be Seaclear II or NavGator. Both have features I like and ones I don't.
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I use Maxsea. Can't think of anything I don't like about it.

Mine runs on world-wide C-Maps charts and has great world wide tidal info plus a lot of other features.
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I use Maxsea. Can't think of anything I don't like about it.
Maxsea is great, the only drawback is that they dropped support for the Mac with os X.

For the Mac I recommend GPSNavX (for raster format BSB and Softcharts) and MacENC (for S-57/S-63 vector format ENC charts, Navionics Charts from X-Traverse and BSB and Softchart raster format charts) and iNavX (for iPhone & iPod).

Prices and Comparisons of the three.
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