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Coolsailing, check out "iRegatta" which is a dedicated sailing app for the iPad. It's primarily geared toward racing but does display your wind info and GPS info so is still useful when not racing.
I currently use iRegatta on my WiFi only iPad with a BadElf GPS dongle.
I've been building a NMEA to WiFi bridge with the aim of getting rid of the BadElf dongle and connecting a separate GPS unit (maybe even my VHF radio which has GPS built in) to the NMEA to WiFi bridge and sending the data to my iPad over WiFi.
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I am getting old when English is not longer the common language and it has become technospeak
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Re: Ipad as sailing instrument....

Well here is a solution....

SailTimer Wind Vane

Its a wireless windvane that transits data to an ipad/iphone. Its solar powered and requires ZERO wiring. Its about $600, but then you buy no other hardware. This will display speed, GPS, and works with a number of apps, like iRegatta. I am going to seriously look into this.
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Well here is a solution....

SailTimer Wind Vane

Its a wireless windvane that transits data to an ipad/iphone. Its solar powered and requires ZERO wiring. Its about $600, but then you buy no other hardware. This will display speed, GPS, and works with a number of apps, like iRegatta. I am going to seriously look into this.
Holy smokes, that's cool.
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Re: Ipad as sailing instrument....

Yes, I am in the computer industry, and I was thinking all day today that it would be easy and is very doable for a wind vane to be setup to a transmitter box, that just sends the data out via a wifi network. Well damn, there it is! I thought that if the marine electronics companies got it, they could sell a wifi version of their units and then sell the software...it would make their displays obselete in some issues, or maybe even have wifi enabled displays, so again, no wires. (tack tick/raymarine?) Whats cool is this wind vane has free software that can be downloaded so it can show actual sail time to a point including tacking, and uses wind and boat speed data to give you the optimal tacks for the fastest speed to a waypoint. Its also always updating based on the boat speed and wind data. Pretty cool.
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Re: Ipad as sailing instrument....

Make sure you are okay with the iPad in bright sunlight before you go too far down this path. Daylight readability is not its strong point.
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Make sure you are okay with the iPad in bright sunlight before you go too far down this path. Daylight readability is not its strong point.
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Make sure you are okay with the iPad in bright sunlight before you go too far down this path. Daylight readability is not its strong point.
Agreed, but manageable, particularly if you have a bimini.
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Re: Ipad as sailing instrument....

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Well here is a solution....

SailTimer Wind Vane

Its a wireless windvane that transits data to an ipad/iphone. Its solar powered and requires ZERO wiring. Its about $600, but then you buy no other hardware. This will display speed, GPS, and works with a number of apps, like iRegatta. I am going to seriously look into this.
I've been curious about that for a few months. I'd appreciate comments from anyone who buys it.

I have a very bright Netbook that I keep mounted in the cockpit and use it continuously for chartplotter and AIS display as long as the weather is dry. My software will put a graphical wind display right on the laptop from an external Bluetooth signal, so the SailTimer would be a very simple install. But the price tag (and concern over my electronics getting too complex) is enough to make me wait another season before pulling the trigger.

If someone buys it, let us know how it works out.
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Re: Ipad as sailing instrument....

I have friends, delivery captains. Thay use ipad's for navigation and ais monitoring.

Until now they had more than 20 000 nm navigates on ipads.

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