Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Best iPhone and iPad apps for sailing
The Sailcruiser program will plot polars and do lots of things that I'm sure an iphone app is not capable of....yet. Screen size, of course is an issue with the small area that can be viewed as it is on my little 376C. This IS interesting technology and might be good for backup purposes. A small hand-held, waterproof, battery powered GPS is probably a lot more practical on a boat for backup and also to throw in a ditch bag and survive. The salt water durability of iphones is, I'm sure, not up to the task unless you're extremely careful. My Dell mini fits right into a large freezer bag but it's also designed primarily for indoor use. I do not trust that at some point it will not succumb to the marine environment. The Toughbook is exactly that.. tough as hell, but it uses more power than I'd like, having solar panels for my primary power source.
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