Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Seal Harbor, Maine
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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.
Islander-28, Marshall Sandpiper