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Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?

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As for position, well, I've been sailing off and on for 35 years and, like many sailors, most of my cruising is done within 150 miles of home. That means I know where I'm going, and there's little need to watch a little dot on a screen to tell me where I am.
Well you would be pretty f'ing stupid after 35 years in a 150 nm area to need a friggin' chart!

But try going somewhere.
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Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?

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I must be a Luddite.

I do use a handheld GPS, but mostly for speed.

As for position, well, I've been sailing off and on for 35 years and, like many sailors, most of my cruising is done within 150 miles of home. That means I know where I'm going, and there's little need to watch a little dot on a screen to tell me where I am.
Yep, you're a certifiable Luddite, alright...

How can you possibly sleep at night, without an anchor watch alarm set? :-))
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Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?

When I sail coastal (as we mostly do) the MFD (aka chartplotter) is always on.
Primarily to view the chart (I trust the electronic charts that cover my area

GPS position in not that important (but helpful) because i prefer "traditional" piloting while sailing inshore/coastal.

Sailing offshore I can turn the MFD off to conserve electricity.
I still have AIS, GPS, speed, depth available on my instrument displays (Raymarine i70), it even have CPA/TCPA alarm for AIS data.

While anchored all instruments are turned off to conserve electricity.

We got a hang up on saving electricity as we like to sail and stay away from marinas when cruising.
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For you guys burning juice to run your plotters anchor alarm at night, consider an iPad or iPhone app for that.

Much less juice and some will allow you to check on the boat from shore, if you go to dinner, and see the same breadcrumb trail. That's peace of mind.
I'm disappointed in the ipad for tracking the boat at anchor. There's not as much detail as I'm used to with my old Garmin plotter. It could be the Bluechart app. but it quickly fills the area with a broad line. Anyone have a better app for this?

This is typical anchor track on my Garmin after a day or so with some shifting winds. I can keep track of where I dropped the hook(white arrow), wind shifts, even where I increased scope for some wind.



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I'm disappointed in the ipad for tracking the boat at anchor. There's not as much detail as I'm used to with my old Garmin plotter. It could be the Bluechart app. but it quickly fills the area with a broad line. Anyone have a better app for this?

This is typical anchor track on my Garmin after a day or so with some shifting winds. I can keep track of where I dropped the hook(white arrow), wind shifts, even where I increased scope for some wind.
There are some Anchor alarm app in App store,
"Draq Queen" is one that have got some good reviews (and it's free).
You don't need your track on a map while your anchored.
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There are some Anchor alarm app in App store,
"Draq Queen" is one that have got some good reviews (and it's free).
You don't need your track on a map while your anchored.
I know that, but it's thev digital track while at anchor, that I want, and use. My CP does have an anchor alarm, but I rarely set that. There's also an alarm on the Blue Chart app which I haven't used yet. Thanks.
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Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?

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I ask this because I've always been suspicious of the embedded proprietary charts in electronic devices. Garmin's embedded charts for USVI and BVI can be off by hundreds of feet. Even NOAA's are off in that area, especially #25641 which is off by 1000 feet at Jost, Tortola, and eastern St. Thomas.

I have brought this up with Garmin several times and they just do not understand what the problem is. I have found that by pulling the plotter off the network, it then gives accurate positions. Call Garmin; I thought it was only my system as they said they'd not had any other complaints. Ask for Stephan Brooks.
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Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?

My fav is Boat Monitor. Unfortunately, it's not available in the US store any longer and I don't know why. It shows great detail and is the one that is accessible from shore.

Prior to that I used Anchor Watch. Still very good. It will send you an email on shore, if you drag outside the range you establish.

They are each literally a couple of dollars. As close to free as you get.
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Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?

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I have brought this up with Garmin several times and they just do not understand what the problem is. I have found that by pulling the plotter off the network, it then gives accurate positions. Call Garmin; I thought it was only my system as they said they'd not had any other complaints. Ask for Stephan Brooks.
The problem has nothing to do with a network. My Garmin handheld has no network capability.

I described the problem last year. The embedded chart is wrong. If you buy the Eastern Caribbean Bluechart chip, the chart is right - as long as you're sure you have the right one activated. See this explanation:

BVI chart/nav app
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Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?

Has anyone used the Simrad or B&G tablet apps for Android or iOS? It's supposed to let you control you mfd or just be a mirror to it, or work independent of it.. Looked neat. I am thinking of one of these for when I get electronics later this year or next year. So I'm just curious, as I would get a mfd for the chart table below and just get a tablet with and otter box or similar case and a ram mount for the cockpit so I can just take it inside when not in use or away from boat..

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