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Re: Cellphone Nav?

Even with all the conveniences of iPad/iPhones and what have you, I still want a GPS connected to my VHF so that when I press my red "SOS DSC" button, the Coast Guard and anybody else knows exactly where I'm at. So why not get a chartplotter and connected it to the VHF?
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Re: Cellphone Nav?

When taking my fathers boat south I used my DroidX several times to compare it with his RayMarine chart plotters. I used Navionics. It seemed to work well and showed us in the same spots as the stand alone chart plotter. Its important to note that I had cell service whenever I used it, perhaps that was a factor? For a day sailor who only needs some occasional guidance I would think this is a great alternative for the serious cruiser who needs true navigational ability I would think less so. Another 10 or even 5 years and I bet thats all changed.

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Re: Cellphone Nav?

I have used Navimatic's Charts & Tides for the iPad for 2 years now. As far as I can tell, it does everything I would need a $1500 chart plotter to do, but for $15 it is a bargain.
Is it reliable? Heck yeah. I used to navigate to an anchorage in the middle of the night soon after I bought it, a place I had never been to.

For me , the back-up is paper charts and dividers, which I still keep and practice with.
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Your first "go to" are paper charts? In 2013? Really?

Ok. Each to their own.
Yes i also really like to study paper charts as they tend to have the rocks and other stuff in the most correct place

The current chart my friend made for long island sound which allows you to flip through pages when combined with the Eldridge is also the BEST THING going to make decisions on tactics during a distance race

I do use my Ipad to plan trips BUT find the various apps rather cumbersome by the time you get the waypoints into my handheld GPS
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Your first "go to" are paper charts? In 2013? Really?

Ok. Each to their own.
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Compare a 36" X 48" chart with a 4", 7" or 12" screen. I also use official tide and current tables.

When I am teaching I will turn off the helm chartplotter if I have a student mesmerized it.

In Canada we are required to carry official charts and publications unless we have sufficient local knowledge or an ECDIS and the training to use it.

Clearly I am not a Luddite as I am using the Internet to respond to this thread.

I have also seen some interesting errors on electronic charts. The idiosyncratic symbols on some electronic charts can be confusing.
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Re: Cellphone Nav?

We've been in and out of Silva Bay a hundred times... It is a bit of a tricky area. I still break out the paper after monitoring the crossing on the plotter.
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We've been in and out of Silva Bay a hundred times... It is a bit of a tricky area. I still break out the paper after monitoring the crossing on the plotter.
Using the Mark I eyeball as a navigation tool seems to be becoming a lost art.
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.....I have also seen some interesting errors on electronic charts.....
True enough, but hasn't an island in the Pacific just been added, or was it removed, from some printed charts? To err is human and I haven't seen a divine chart in any form.
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Clearly I am not a Luddite as I am using the Internet to respond to this thread.
Didn't call you any names or label you, Just don't think the first nav aid I'd rely on would be a paper chart. As a back up, sure, I have all the latest (well as of last summer anyway). As I've said, the electronic charts I've used have been extremely accurate for my area. They would be the first to consult for me and I would think for many others as well.

As I said, each to their own.
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True enough, but hasn't an island in the Pacific just been added, or was it removed, from some printed charts? To err is human and I haven't seen a divine chart in any form.
I agree.

The charted island proved not to be there.

The CHS had a to add a rock to an anchorage after several boats clipped it.

Most of what I see on electronic charts are mislabeled nav aids.

BTW - I also use a lead line to measure the depth under my rudder when anchored stern-to shore.
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