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Always have a paper chart backup and then don't worry if something goes wrong with the GPS
I agree about paper charts,i have about $1,000 dollars of them and still occasionally don't have the one I need
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the site[opencpn] is a bogus site,advertizements and some sort of charity,i just spent 2 or more hours erasing it from my pc,i'm going to give you the benefit of doubt and hope it was unintentional on your part
OpenCPN is not bogus, not sure what site you were at but their web site is:

OpenCPN | Official OpenCPN Homepage

It's an excellent, free, well-supported charting application for PCs, Macs, Linux.
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OpenCPN is not bogus, not sure what site you were at but their web site is:

OpenCPN | Official OpenCPN Homepage

It's an excellent, free, well-supported charting application for PCs, Macs, Linux.
thanks but no thanks,once is enough for me
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the site[opencpn] is a bogus site,advertizements and some sort of charity,i just spent 2 or more hours erasing it from my pc,i'm going to give you the benefit of doubt and hope it was unintentional on your part
I don't know what you are talking about. You obviously typed the wrong URL.

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That's your choice, but it seems kind of silly for you to blame others for your own typo. It's your loss.


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Like I said, don't know what site you went to but the link I posted takes you here:



If you saw something different then you were in the wrong place.

There is an entire forum section at CF for OpenCPN:

OpenCPN - Cruisers & Sailing Forums

You won't find anything better at the price.
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I only use paper charts as I consider charts and maps to be almost magic in producing the desire to "go there". Basically, I am too lazy to figure out how to use all that stupid electronic crap and love trigonometry anyway. Consequently, I use GPS only to get a speed and to get lat/lon that I plot on the chart. The cost of a chart of chartbook is very small compared to the cost of the trip you are planning. Later, at home, you can pull out your chart with the penciled in Xs and get a far away look in your eyes and tell people of your adventures.
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I only use paper charts as I consider charts and maps to be almost magic in producing the desire to "go there". Basically, I am too lazy to figure out how to use all that stupid electronic crap and love trigonometry anyway. Consequently, I use GPS only to get a speed and to get lat/lon that I plot on the chart. The cost of a chart of chartbook is very small compared to the cost of the trip you are planning. Later, at home, you can pull out your chart with the penciled in Xs and get a far away look in your eyes and tell people of your adventures.
Well, that might depend on the particular trip you are planning, of course...

Last winter, I spent about $2K on charts for my cruise this summer, one that I didn't even manage to take :-)

Ahh, well - next year, for sure...

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the site[opencpn] is a bogus site,advertizements and some sort of charity,i just spent 2 or more hours erasing it from my pc,i'm going to give you the benefit of doubt and hope it was unintentional on your part
I didn't link to anything so not sure what you managed to find out there on the web. OpenCPN is a well-respected and well-known open source chartplotting application, it's excellent and free.

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I plane my routes on open CPN and export them in the gpx FORMAT to my handheld Garmin 72H

I can safely say at this point after 500 NM this summer everything between Northport and Greenport and even the really tight stuff around shelter island would appear to be reasonably in the correct place

Isailor on the ipad/iphone also exports GPX that works on the 72H but you still need a computer to put it in the 72H

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