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Old 07-04-2013
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I have heard such good reports about Polar Navy Navigation that I just downloaded a free 30-day trial.
Although I am learning how to use paper charts for Ded Reckoning and Estimated Position navigation, I also want to learn how to use the modern technology.
Question: is there an online tutorial that anyone knows of or do I just figure it out via the 'help' menu?
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Re: Polar Navy Navigation Users

It seemed pretty intuitive to me. I found it easy to just click and see what stuff did if the help didn't help.

There are a few of us users on SailNet if you have any questions and I found that questions I posted on the PN blog were answered fairly quickly.

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Re: Polar Navy Navigation Users

I bought the Polar Navy program and am pretty impressed with the way it works. I use a Garmin 376C most of the time and Sailcruiser (Jeppesen) with C-Maps on the computer if I want to plot more complicated routes (Sailcruiser will figure best tacking headings and polars) but Polar Navy seems to be a good, simple backup program. It will take NOAA electronic ENC charts which SeaClear (free) will not. The only thing that I don't like about it is that it seems to take a long time to load charts. In experimenting, it has never crashed, unlike some of the beta version nav programs I've tried. If you buy it, they give you 5 uploads, so it can go on multiple computers without a lot of bother obtaining additional entry codes.
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Re: Polar Navy Navigation Users

For the price and features for coastal cruising Polar Navy is a good program and worth the money. Living here on Mt. Desert Island I use its GRIB features to check on weather and tides when I am not on the boat. Working on both Mac and Windows platforms is convenient, especially with the 5 installs that are included in the purchase price. Charts come with it, too. Interacting with ActiveCaptain is a plus for coastal POI. Nothing replaces paper charts completely for me. We have Garmin radar, chart plotter, sonar and XM weather but like the features of PN for planning our daily travels. Having real time conditions so easily available is great! It includes AIS functionality so checking on coastal shipping is convenient. Maximizing your wifi access is important. I still use paper for tracking my tacking headings and don't regularly race so worrying about optimizing things based on the technologies "guess" isn't important. I don't mind making my own guesses. I kind of prefer it. What can you buy for 50 bucks? I have it installed on two laptops (both platforms) and two desktops, on at our island home and one at the other house.

Ease of use, too. Read the manual and keep working with it. It is fast and simple. The only frustration I have had and always manage to work through is selecting a chart region when downloading GRIB data. Once it is selected it is fine or you can type in lat, lon for the purpose. I have trouble when using the mouse sometimes. It wants to move the background chart and not stretch the bound of the selection box. Not a big deal. I am probably doing something wrong. 50 bucks! A bargain. Just for the saved routs it allows.

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