How much do you use your Chartplotter? - Page 5 - SailNet Community
 11Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #41 of 64 Old 02-25-2014
Senior Member
 
MarkofSeaLife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 2,909
Thanks: 42
Thanked 118 Times in 100 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Dock
Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?

Quote:
Originally Posted by shananchie View Post

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.

Sea Life
Notes on a Circumnavigation:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
MarkofSeaLife is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #42 of 64 Old 02-25-2014
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 4,612
Thanks: 1
Thanked 188 Times in 156 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?

Quote:
Originally Posted by shananchie View Post
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? :-))
JonEisberg is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #43 of 64 Old 02-25-2014
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Norway
Posts: 856
Thanks: 8
Thanked 63 Times in 58 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
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.
knuterikt is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #44 of 64 Old 02-25-2014
Senior Member
 
TomMaine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 472
Thanks: 6
Thanked 26 Times in 25 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
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.



Attached Thumbnails
Anchor track.jpg  
Group9 likes this.

Tom Young sailing a 1961 38' Alden Challenger, CHRISTMAS out of
Rockport, Maine.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

'I'd have written a shorter post, but I didn't have the time', Mark Twain.
TomMaine is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #45 of 64 Old 02-25-2014
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Norway
Posts: 856
Thanks: 8
Thanked 63 Times in 58 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?

Quote:
Originally Posted by TomMaine View Post
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.
knuterikt is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #46 of 64 Old 02-25-2014
Senior Member
 
TomMaine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 472
Thanks: 6
Thanked 26 Times in 25 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?

Quote:
Originally Posted by knuterikt View Post
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.

Tom Young sailing a 1961 38' Alden Challenger, CHRISTMAS out of
Rockport, Maine.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

'I'd have written a shorter post, but I didn't have the time', Mark Twain.
TomMaine is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #47 of 64 Old 02-25-2014
Master Mariner
 
capta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: somewhere in the Windward or Leeward Islands
Posts: 2,148
Thanks: 28
Thanked 107 Times in 102 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?

Quote:
Originally Posted by TakeFive View Post

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.

"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

facebook.com/svskippingstone
Our Videos;

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by capta; 02-25-2014 at 01:35 PM.
capta is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #48 of 64 Old 02-25-2014
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
Posts: 11,039
Thanks: 46
Thanked 224 Times in 209 Posts
Rep Power: 7
   
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.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeanneau 54DS

In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.
Minnewaska is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #49 of 64 Old 02-25-2014
Proud "picnic sailor"
 
TakeFive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
Posts: 3,077
Thanks: 6
Thanked 80 Times in 70 Posts
Rep Power: 6
 
Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?

Quote:
Originally Posted by capta View Post
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


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Formerly posted as "RhythmDoctor"
1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)
TakeFive is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #50 of 64 Old 02-25-2014
formerly 'BoatyardBoy'
 
SailRedemption's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: NOLA
Posts: 417
Thanks: 160
Thanked 13 Times in 13 Posts
Rep Power: 3
 
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..

Sent from my HTC6500LVW using Tapatalk
SailRedemption is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
PC Chartplotter advice? Brian_vancouver Seamanship & Navigation 16 09-22-2013 04:46 PM
Chartplotter brokesailor Pacific Seacraft 18 05-11-2011 07:58 AM
PC as chartplotter? 2hulls4me Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 32 05-14-2009 12:55 AM
mounting chartplotter ArgleBargle Gear & Maintenance 17 08-13-2007 11:11 PM
Chartplotter sailorguy_md Gear & Maintenance 4 01-23-2005 08:47 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome