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Sailing an ipad.

This is our second year with an ipad 2 using Garmins Bluechart app. We added it as a back up to a now ancient Garmin CP, our main source of navigation for 10+ years.

I'm finding it more useful this season. The tracks it records are a good tool. We sailed home into a 7 knot South breeze through winding Gilkey Harbor last weekend. tieing the islands together with a zig-zag stitch on the screen.



Averaging about 4.5 knots against a little current from the flood tide, our tacks, about a 1/2nm long, gave us time to enjoy the scenery. My wife and her sister did all the sheet grinding so I just steered and navigated.

We took a first-time short cut between some islands. Beware-this was an ipad assisted notion. Over the years, my charts had been small scale and the slot never looked inviting. In the light air and study on the touch screen, we gave it a go. A little drama for the crew on the depth sounder,.."15 feet, 14-13-12-11-10(gulp!),....10,....10,.....11(phew)-12-13", and out into Penobscot Bay.



We left the whine of winches in tight Gilkey Harbor and took a long tack across Western Penobscot Bay.

Closing the coastline, a bearing dragged through our green track revealed 233 degrees. I dragged a new bearing line of 233 degrees off our harbor entrance several miles to the south. We left the bearing long-on the screen, and went onto starboard tack.

A few miles later, our boat icon broke through the new bearing line on the screen-we went back onto a port tack.



Not a new trick, I did this with compass bearings and parallel rules for years. The difference-this was deadly accurate and in a few miles, we put the rocks off Indian Island to starboard.

I also noticed that heaving to while we drop sails in the harbor, leaves a nice tidy "J" on the screen.

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Re: Sailing an ipad.

Nice.

On our current cruise this week, we've used the ipad as back up Nav, movie player with cable to TV, music payer with Bluetooth connection to speaker, anchor alarm, email, weather briefer, radar for storm that came by last night, text message kids, restaurant reviews and, of course, sailnet.

Finally, 5 minutes ago I googled the local package store to see if it opens before I plan to pull anchor. I need more beer. ��


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Nice trip! Mine is loaded with iNAV X. I try it out this weekend. Nice boat!

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Re: Sailing an ipad.

I'm using that Garmin app as backup too. After getting that, stopped using the Navionics app, like it better.

I'm picturing that short tacking thru Islesboro with envy.
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I'm using that Garmin app as backup too. After getting that, stopped using the Navionics app, like it better.

I'm picturing that short tacking thru Islesboro with envy.
Even though w have a nice Raymarine Chartplotter (and of course paper charts) our use of the I pad has increased exponentially like Minnies for a lot of other convienence things like music, net flicks streamed into the TV, restaurants and active captain and of course reading books etc.

Of course each night I can lay our course in the I pad and bluetooth it into the Raymarine the next AM. Wasier to work with the expand features while relaxing and having a glass of Pinot on the settee than at the helm.

I have 2 Ipads now on board a gen 2 and a new air. My wife got the old gen 2/
I have both the Garmin Blue and Navionics loaded on both and pref the Navionics as I find it more user friendly with currents, but both are excellent programs.

As you found the are extremly accuarte in GPS settings correcsponding to topgraphy and have increased our ability when sailing into confined spaces to really recognize the restrictions in a finite space more readily with the expandable zooms


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iPad and SEAiq Open - I love it!
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iPad and Navionics. I tried the Gamin Blue and other apps but like Navionics better. Especially like the way it saves tracks and they can be e-mailed to my Evernote account. I then add the track to my sailing log. Of course my sails are only day sails. Not much planning needed.
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iPad and SEAiq Open - I love it!
We set this up for the 25' and it has been fantastic. Great sw and uses all the NOAA charts that I am used to and have on paper. Nice to have the paper and screen look the same.

Then curl up and watch a movie, read a book, listen to music, check mail, browse, anchor drag, etc etc etc. My poor Garmin looks so lonely now a days.

iPads are dang handy on the boat.
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