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02-26-2007 11:14 PM
sailingdog Not really... the software field for the Mac is a bit more limited. Two of the major programs, GPSNavX and MacENC are by the same company, and the last one that is of any note hasn't been updated in quite some time.

Thanks cam.
02-26-2007 10:54 PM
bestfriend So for Mac, MacENC and NOAA? Any other recommendations for Mac?
02-26-2007 10:07 PM
camaraderie Threads havebeen merged to prevent confusion and duplication of effort.
02-26-2007 08:00 PM
sailingdog EBS-

Garmin has had weather via Weather XM radio on some of their chartplotters for almost two years now. It is a subscription based service however.
02-26-2007 07:45 PM
ebs001 I use Maptech on my computer tied into a 12 volt gps. The computer is at the nav station because you cannot see the screen in sunlight. I do all my course work on the computer. At the helm I have an old Magellan chart plotter but I rarely use it as a chart plotter prefering to use it in something like the "highway mode" which gives me course corrections SOG waypoints etc. I manually install the route on the Magellen This works fine in open water. I am going to up grade my helm chart plotter because my current system doesn't work so well in close quarters like going down the ICW.
Talking to the Maptech guy at the Miami boat show you can now get weather via satellite through your GPS but you need the pro series. Weather is coming and may soon be on some GPS/chartplotters soon if not already.
My system provides redundency
02-26-2007 06:29 PM
sailingdog Doesn't really inconvenience me...but it is considered rather rude by net etiquette standards...also means that many people will end up replying to both threads, not realizing that they're from the same person, which uses extra resources on the server that really isn't necessary.

Cam- Can you merge this thread with his other one???
02-26-2007 06:24 PM
jgruen sorry saildog... did not mean to inconvience you....
02-26-2007 06:03 PM
sailingdog Why are you posting duplicate threads on the exact same topic???
02-26-2007 06:03 PM
PBzeer CaptK - haven't really tried, but I think it might work in night mode. By and large though, laptops aren't made for sunlight viewing.

The Fugawi also works with the free NOAA charts, vector and raster. As does the SeaClear, though it's only raster charts.
02-26-2007 05:52 PM
sailingdog Most laptops will need to be kept below or heavily shaded in order to read the display. The only laptops that are daylight readable are usually "ruggedized" models that have a transreflective LCD display, and are designed for use outdoors.

The Cap'n program is pretty good if you want a Windows-based solution, and it can work with the free NOAA ENC charts. MacENC works pretty well if you're using a Mac-based laptop, and also works with the free NOAA charts.
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