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I am not sure about the charts. I would contact polar navy or check out their website.
I contacted them.

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Thank you for contacting me,

PolarView supports only plain BSB charts (BSB version 3 and prior, as they are known). Canadian Hydrographic Service produces charts in proprietary encrypted format known as "BSB version 4" or "Maptech", which we do not support.

The format is proprietary and, in best of times, was controlled by Maptech Inc, with significant licensing fees and only a Windows 32 bit version officially available. Since demise of Maptech Inc the status of this format is now in limbo. I contacted CHS not too long ago and they were unable to provide a meaningful guidance in regards to BSB4. We'll keep trying to obtain format specifications.
I guess I will stick with my old version of Maptech. It works well.
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In the past, I have used Capn Voyager, Nobeltech Visual Navigation Suite and Seaclear II all with raster charts. I have now recently switched to the free OpenCPN running the C-Map CM93 vector charts. I find this software to be almost ideal and easy to use with very few bugs. It will also run BSB raster charts but the night colour scheme doesn't work when using these charts. I have noticed an error in the tides and currents display but it's workable. I tried this software a couple of versions ago and found it to be somewhat buggy but now it has come a long way. 5 thumbs up.

Hardware : I'm running it on a MacBook but I'm running it on the windows XP partition. I have a Holux GR-213 puck style GPS receiver hooked up to the USB port.

By the way, this is just a backup for 2 standard chartplotters. I wouldn't recommend using a laptop as a primary navigation device.
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I use Maptech with a Garmin eTrex and an old Acer laptop. This is a good combo for planning etc, but, as has been mentioned: the laptop doesn't do well when wet. I use a Garmin GPSmap 526 (?) chartplotter in the cockpit.
I have the complete (!) set of paper charts for Georgian Bay and some Lake Huron, that I use most of all for planning and always have them with me in the cockpit to supplement the chartplotter - those vinyl covers are great.
My buddy (a stinkpotter - but watchya gonna do?) uses the Maptech with the eTrex and an old laptop. He's been using this combo for years and doesn't feel the need to change. He has an easier time keeping his computer out of the weather though.
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Will it display Canadian Hydrographic Services charts which are a BSB4 format?
Jack, I have a feeling you were the one that contacted me but just in case - no, as of right now it won't. To keep the long story short, Maptech is no more and BSBv4 is owned by private party not related to CHS. If I can get my hands on the documentation, implementation is a matter of a few days. Unfortunately right now it's not "organizationally possible".

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I am very impressed with the level of support provided. Polar Navy, works great for me. You can plan at home, and then sail with your laptop in the cabin. I figure if you have water in your cabin you have much bigger concerns than your laptop.
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I am very impressed with the level of support provided. Polar Navy, works great for me. You can plan at home, and then sail with your laptop in the cabin. I figure if you have water in your cabin you have much bigger concerns than your laptop.
Thanks John - we try

It is possible to build a very tough computer navigation system that will, technically, withstand immersion, temperature extremes etc. There are some extremely rugged mil spec computers available - eclipsing anything that is sold as consumer marine electronics.

It is all about cost and balance though - those computers sell for about as much as a small boat

I think keeping inside of the boat relatively dry is both easier and more important - and then the laptop is out of harms way too.
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The replacement for Maptech is Rosepoint Coastal Explorer (http://rosepointnav.com/). Actually, it's kind of the other way around since Maptech WAS the Rosepoint product rebranded. Rosepoint now provides a trade in program if you want to transition to their own product. It has been majorly upgraded since Maptech came out with their last version and includes integration with services like ActiveCaptain and with equipment like AIS, Radar, etc. Everyone who reviews it against other mapping software pretty much loves it and recommends it. I have to admit - it's quite the product. They support a ton of different map types. The one I WISH they'd support is cMap, but they don't at this point and I don't think it will happen anytime soon (since cMap is part of a competitor)...

We use it to do all of our planning and then transfer the waypoints to our Raymarine chartplotter via NMEA. I also keep it hooked up at our nav station so we can store our track and have a secondary electronic charting system. I'd put it in my cockpit in no time flat if I didn't have to deal with Windows at the helm...
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Will it display Canadian Hydrographic Services charts which are a BSB4 format?
I know it's been a while, but since there is a better answer now
Yes, PolarView (finally!) fully supports BSBv4 format charts on all platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux). That includes CHS raster charts.
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And, it supports Active Captain, and AIS - hmmm, maybe I need to spend another $40.00 and try PolarView on my little Netbook.

(Currently using FUGAWI, a Dell Laptop and a GARMIN 440)

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