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Cool - thanks Chris. I'll look into the charts issue some more.
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The lack of cell phone reception is the reason I went with the Garmin Blue Charts. I have all the Great Lakes info on about 450mb of my card. I can use it anywhere any time... with or without reception. It works just like any touchscreen Garmin NUVI.

I also have the Garmin street maps and topo maps too. I can't see carrying around my old Garmin handheld when the cell phone does it all. If im hiking in the woods, out on the water or in any city, I always have my cell phone.

Just please buy the maps... don't steal them!
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My friend has the iPhone and a lot of the location based software works on it, but uses cell tower triangulation rather than the GPS to ge a rough location. Some of the software, like the navigation one being discussed probably require the iPhone 3G and GPS chip, but not all do. You can also use the iPhone's BT to tether it to to a BT GPS... and some of the GPS-based software will run on the iPhone if that is done.

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Sorry SD, I assumed that's what we were discussing for just that reason. Any mention of GPS IMPLIES the iPhone 3G since it's the only version to date to have an integrated GPS receiver. Granted it is possible to use an external GPS receiver but since that has not been mentioned in the thread I think it's safe to conclude that the OP isn't using an external unit.

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I had no cell signal this past weekend and the GPS worked well.

What I do is have the chart I use in the iPhone also as hard copy and track my progress on the chart, using the phone GPS for position.

If its got a good GPS signal the phone is accurate to about 50'.

I put the phone in a small zip loc bag to keep it dry and keep it in the cockpit or cabin to minimize potential misshaps...

If you compare functionality side by side to any hand help GPS the iPhone wins hands down for ease of use and chart quality.

BTW- I mentioned that I day sail and weekend sail and the phone is very good for that. I would not use it for a primary on a long passage because at a minimum you need to be able to take a noon sight with a sextant if all else fails.
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Good info, thanks Paul. I plan to use my iphone as primary nav and my garmin handheld as the backup.
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Wow... I just looked at the "Active Captain" software and for $19.95 you can't go wrong.
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An i-phone like option is the garmin oregon. The touch screen interface is not as slick as the i-phone, but it runs on AAs, is rugged and waterproof. It also has some true marine features like a compas, anchor drag alarm etc. I am not sure if these are available on cell phone gps systems. The price is high for a handheld (I paid $420 online, including built in blue charts for all US coastal areas), but since I do not have a full size chart plotter it seemed worth it. My only complaint is the screen is hard to read in direct light. You can adjust the brightness, but the you then burn through batteries quick.
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I had no cell signal this past weekend and the GPS worked well.

What I do is have the chart I use in the iPhone also as hard copy and track my progress on the chart, using the phone GPS for position.

If its got a good GPS signal the phone is accurate to about 50'.

I put the phone in a small zip loc bag to keep it dry and keep it in the cockpit or cabin to minimize potential misshaps...

If you compare functionality side by side to any hand help GPS the iPhone wins hands down for ease of use and chart quality.

BTW- I mentioned that I day sail and weekend sail and the phone is very good for that. I would not use it for a primary on a long passage because at a minimum you need to be able to take a noon sight with a sextant if all else fails.
Cool. Thanks for the feedback Paul. That's what I was looking for.
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Wow... I just looked at the "Active Captain" software and for $19.95 you can't go wrong.
Hmm. looks like the even have a PalmOS version. I might have try out the demo and see how it compares to PathAway 4.

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I can't believe you guys are wasting time with a phone in a plastic bag.
I've had mine implanted for a year now. Once you have tried sub-vocalization control and direct neural ocular heads-up display you will not go back.
As a cool side effect when I'm dreaming I sometimes call up the chart and work on my next days course, saving lots of time.
Now that I'm getting older it's handy for locating restrooms in a strange mall too.
Next week I'm scheduled for surgery to get the overlay radar upgrade.

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