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As the female of the crew (my husband would be classified as the "Captain" I suppose) I am often the navigator. How many other ladies out there are the navigators?
I use Navionics because I love the community edits (I can add stuff to the map! woohoo!) and because it comes with free nautical maps (though I purchased the Nav+ to get the really detailed contour lines of the "Sonar Maps").
What do you use to navigate and why?
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I love Garmin BlueChart. I downloaded several navigation apps (I use iPad with paper backup) but Garmin was the one I repeatedly returned to.

I regularly use features that allow me to:

Email my route
Attach photos directly to the charts
Add notes
See integrated tide and current details

It works for me although I've heard others say that they found it difficult to figure out.
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My ex-gf liked OpenCpn because she was a very PC oriented person with get office skills etc. She didn't like the chart plotters at all because she thought they were too slow. With a mouse, wheel and 4 buttons you can do 6 things at once... something that she expected every machine to be able to do.. chartplotters can not!

I use OpenCpn almost exclusively now (I use some ipad aps too, but they are as slow as a plotter).

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I am very new at navigation at sea, ok, read that as clueless, so from what I understand, everyone is using electronic equipment only? I will certainly look into the names mentioned here. Thank you!
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I am very new at navigation at sea, ok, read that as clueless, so from what I understand, everyone is using electronic equipment only? I will certainly look into the names mentioned here. Thank you!
It is funny you mention that everyone is using electronic equipment. I was just chatting with Donna about learning celestial navigation. I would love to be able to use a sextant.

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Indeed, that was my question in a sense, no one is using anymore old ways? I think its always handy to know to plot a route on a chart without to always depend on the electronics. When I trek, although I do have a GPS, I actually keep the GPS as a backup and to check myself at times, but usually just use maps and the compass. I did a survival course once and we were taught some celestial navigation ( ie, night navigation on land), I thought that was amazing.
I read some years back a book called Longitude by Dava Sobel. If you want to learn about sextant and celestial navigation, that's a great book about it too.
I will re-read it now with a different mindset considering I want to end up living on and sailing a boat.
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I read some years back a book called Longitude by Dava Sobel. If you want to learn about sextant and celestial navigation, that's a great book about it too.
I will re-read it now with a different mindset considering I want to end up living on and sailing a boat.
I have that book. I'll raise it closer to the top of the To Read pile based on this.

I have a sextant and a "how to" book to teach myself celestial nav. I just need to put my butt in a chair and read it.

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I'm the main navigator aboard as well. I use a combination of OpenCPN and iNavX but would highly recommend using SASPlanet as well:

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Indeed, that was my question in a sense, no one is using anymore old ways? I think its always handy to know to plot a route on a chart without to always depend on the electronics. ...
I think "old ways" depends on where you sail. My current "old way" is using a paper chart as backup. I'm not crossing an ocean. A sextant is not practical for where I sail, always within site of land.

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Nice about inland sailing.. range markers at night, red & green buoys mark the channels. I have the charts and my marine gps and they are quite accurate all considered for the river and bays.


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