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iPad shows raymarine screen. Can be in the potty and see what the admiral is up to. Can over ride her with the remote autopilot . Also change the soundtrack directly from the iPad. Cool beans. Still have android phone.
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For handheld GPS/chartplotter on Android, I really like Marine Navigator. You download the free NOAA raster charts into your phone/tablet, and this program shows where you are, records tracks, and shows routes on the NOAA charts. I like it because the charts are completely free in the US, and are the exact ones NOAA puts out, so you don't have translation errors like 3rd party charts.

There's a Lite version that's free if you want to try it out. It has no time limit, just fewer features. The paid version (under $10 IIRC) makes it easier to download the charts and has other added features.
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I use and iPad and and iPhone and the gps based nav apps share seamlessly between them. Add the capability for email, music, movies, books, web searches, live weather radar, etc, etc and it's truly the greatest advancement in sailing technology in my lifetime.

I don't know that there is a quantifiable advantage between Apple and Droid. There are some who are passionate that they know which is better.

All in know is that Android is gaining in market share, but making no money doing so. I have to wonder what the end game is or when they will have to raise prices. My guess is they are sucking in customers to create brand loyalty and will milk them later. Works every time.
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Congratulations on the boat!

We are an Apple family so we have iPhones and an iPad on the boat. Our iPad has 3G capability but we bought a refurbished one so it was a lot less expensive. Same warranty, etc. In fact, I'll probably go with refurbished from now on.

Anyway, we have iNavX on the iPad. After a bit of a learning curve, it has served our purposes just fine. We also like the BuoyData app and PredictWind, and for fun I have a few knots apps - Knots3D and Knot Guide.
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Really appreciate folks posting apps they find helpful. Still, it strikes me before a significant passage a call goes into Chris Parker or his equivalent ( if there is one). You need to sit a few courses with Lee to make heads to tails of the gribs or 500Mb or forecasts you read. Underway the recording barometer and your eyes on the sky remain your most reliable indicators. In short as we gain more technology we don't decrease our dependence on other people and our own skills. More information doesn't equal more knowledge.
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Outbound, total agree. I just want to become familiar with them. Now that I have a boat I'll be sailing every weekend on the large lake near my house on the C22 and occasionally rent a C30 they have at the lake to become familiar and comfortable on larger boats.

Then next summer I'll be headed to San Diego once a month and rent 30'ftrs or larger for weekend excursions and ocean practice and eventually purchase a mid 30'ftr in SoCal for regular weekend escapes from the blistering heat in Phoenix.

Thanks everyone, I think for a number of reasons I'm going to pick up a pad with the android operating system, mostly that I can easily work from it and exchange work docs easier than an iPad....
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The December 2008 Mariners Weather Log contains a guide to the 500-millibar chart.

Agree on taking a weather class. I've attended two of Lee Chesneau's workshops.
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All in know is that Android is gaining in market share, but making no money doing so. I have to wonder what the end game is or when they will have to raise prices. My guess is they are sucking in customers to create brand loyalty and will milk them later. Works every time.
Actually, it has to do with the ability to monitor everything you do online. Now, Google no longer has to wait for you to hit a page that happens to go to a site with one of their ads; instead they can track all the people you E-mail, all the sites you visit, and every other interaction with the device so they can "better target" advertising to you. It's scary, really. That's part of why I go with Apple. Not that I think their products are that much better, but I don't want one company knowing THAT much about me and what I do.
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Jim, your right. Very few actually understand what rights they have given up when using google.
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If you wanna kill your two birds with one stone, Casio's GZone Commando smart phone may be an option. Military-Spec 810G for ruggedness and water resistance. I have mine loaded with Navionics chart plotting software, and can be used/mounted in the cockpit under extreme conditions. A great backup to my repertoire of navigation aids.
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