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post #21 of 42 Old 04-22-2011
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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.

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sea clear on Ebay.. YOUR LAPTOP + 2GB MEM STICK/GPS RECEIVER = CHARTPLOTTER | eBay

I mean.. really? I spent hundreds on a handheld lowrance a few years ago.. and for less the $70 I can use the laptop for the same thing?

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sea clear on Ebay.. YOUR LAPTOP + 2GB MEM STICK/GPS RECEIVER = CHARTPLOTTER | eBay

I mean.. really? I spent hundreds on a handheld lowrance a few years ago.. and for less the $70 I can use the laptop for the same thing?
First, this is not a particularly good buy. The SeaClear software is a free download. You can get a plug-in GPS for as little as under $20. I got a Delorme LT-20 for $18 a year ago. And your Lowrance can probably plug into the computer to feed GPS coordinates to Seaclear or other software.

Second, while I love SeaClear for viewing NOAA raster charts on a computer and plotting routes that I transfer into my handheld GPS, it's not particularly good for real-time display as a chartplotter. It is North-up only, not course-up like your Lowrance probably offers.

OpenCPN has a little more promise as a real-time chart plotter. It does support course-up and works with both raster and vector charts. However, in course-up mode it rotates the depth sounding along with the chart instead of keeping the numbers vertical like on a decent GPS/chartplotter. (It should be possible for them to keep the depth readings vertical on the vector charts, but they don't do it yet.) And it displays depths to the nearest tenth of a foot when using NOAA vector charts, so that clutters the display with another digit that really is not necessary.

As you may have heard over in the Electronics sub-forum, I am setting up a Netbook to run OpenCPN in my cockpit, primarily to display AIS targets on a chart (which OpenCPN does very nicely). I do not plan for it to replace my Garmin Oregon handheld, which I have no regrets over purchasing last year. They both have their appropriate uses.

If you tried to use your laptop, I suspect you'd still want your Lowrance handheld in addition.


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I have a Netbook with OpenCPN and a USB GPS. Works great and the software is free.

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I've used an Ambicom Bluetooth GPS with my MacBook Pro running GPSNavX. Although pretty cool at first, I found it to not be worth the hassle of worrying about my Mac getting tossed around or wet on the boat. So, I'm back to paper charts and my ancient Garmin 38. However, I still use the Mac for route planning and such at home from time to time.

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I just tried to load OpenCNP. It took me to another site when I tried to load.
How do I get around this stupid thing
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I just tried to load OpenCNP. It took me to another site when I tried to load.
How do I get around this stupid thing
sourceforge is the download site for several version of OpenCPN.

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I've used an Ambicom Bluetooth GPS with my MacBook Pro running GPSNavX. Although pretty cool at first, I found it to not be worth the hassle of worrying about my Mac getting tossed around or wet on the boat. So, I'm back to paper charts and my ancient Garmin 38. However, I still use the Mac for route planning and such at home from time to time.
So instead of using a BU 353 USB puck I can use a BlueTooth GPS receiver, same kind I would use for an iPod or iPad without the built in GPS??? I can use the same bluetooth for my bluetooth capable netbook as I can for my other toys? One size fits all!? Really?
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So instead of using a BU 353 USB puck I can use a BlueTooth GPS receiver, same kind I would use for an iPod or iPad without the built in GPS??? I can use the same bluetooth for my bluetooth capable netbook as I can for my other toys? One size fits all!? Really?
The short answer is yes. Bluetooth is an industry standard, so in general it will work with many different kinds of hardware and software. But there are many details that could be different depending on your Bluetooth drivers, operating system, specific model of Bluetooth GPS, and software.

If you are referring to using OpenCPN with a Bluetooth GPS, I suggest that you consult the OpenCPN support forum. There are many examples of people who have done this - including me, although I used a GPS puck wired to a separate Bluetooth transmitter, so I don't have the same hardware as you.


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Where are people mounting their GPS receivers if the laptop/netbook remains below? Many thanks!

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