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Electronic Chart/Navigation programs
I downloaded Seaclear II and am planning to use it this season for the first time. Seems fairly easy to use, and provides access to multiple COM ports for connection to other on-board devices. Also, it is FREE.
The only drawback is that it only uses raster charts. Back on the plus side, NOAA provides more raster charts than they do ENCs, and at the same price (read FREE also).
The software will automatically select the correct chart from the list of available on the PC as you cruise, you can set a route and/or waypoints for the autohelm to follow, and it keeps your track as you go.
I haven't tried any of the other programs as I am basically cheap, but this looks like it will do a good job ... for me at least.
Fair Winds for you
1977 Fuji 35