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There seems to be three major navigation software packages that are free or near free that allow the use of downloadable NOAA charts. They are SeaClear II, Open CPN and Polar Navy. Are there others I've missed?
And which are you using?
Why did you choose that one?
Are you satisfied with it?
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Re: Navigation Software

There are a couple threads on this subject already started.

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I vote for OpenCPN.
Agree, very useful!

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I vote for OpenCPN.
I gave him my thoughts in the chat room already.

My issue with OpenCPN and I admit that it might be user error, is that I can't get it to move between charts without manually loading the next one. With Polar Navy, as long as the chart is in the directory in which PN looks, I don't have to do anything.

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Thanks for the link. I just have to learn how to use the search function. Before I started this topic I searched for "polar navy navigation software" and got a bunch of references, none of which said anything at all about polar navy.
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Thanks for the link. I just have to learn how to use the search function.
Not your fault. The search function is fairly lame. Use Google and put Sailnet before your search terms.

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Re: Navigation Software

OpenCPN all the way.

Saved me the cost of a chartplotter down below. I use it plus a couple of cables to access all of my instruments down below (except radar..but thats Raymarines fault).

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My issue with OpenCPN and I admit that it might be user error, is that I can't get it to move between charts without manually loading the next one.
Definitely something wrong in the way you have it setup or are (were) using it. I use OpenCPN and it moves between charts automatically as I move.

But, if you're happy with PolarNavy then it doesn't really matter.
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Re: Navigation Software

Hiee,

My vote is for OpenCPN. We use it on a laptop running Linux. The only issue if you can call it that is that the usb antenna that we use starts up in SIRF mode which OpenCPN does not understand and therefor recognize that the antenna is there. It takes a simple command line entry in the terminal to switch the antenna to NEMA mode and then all is fine.
I have the complete NOAA vector charts for the eastcoast but living in Canada we don't use them. The canadian charts EMC's that can be purchased are raster BSB v 4.0 which I don't use. I instead downloaded the entire world set of CM-93 v 2.0. These charts work very well with OpenCPN. The canadian east coast charts are superior to the BSB version.
Just make sure you have chart quilting enabled so the program will load the new charts as needed.
I do wish that the program offered a flow thru for the gps info so that we could easily send it to our vhf for the dsc function.

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