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07-25-2009 09:56 PM
jarcher
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Originally Posted by floatsome View Post
I agree. Amazing how hard it is to convince people of this, though.
Even harder is to convince them to actually get current charts or at least apply updates to their older charts. To make matters worse, if you buy one of the more popular bound book of laminated charts, they could be out of date. I bought a great set of laminated, bound charts for the areas I sail, only to find that some of the nav buoys on the chart are nowhere near where they really are. Turns out the charts are 5 years old. It didn't even occur to me to check that when I bought it.

My favorite solution is the print on demand charts from Ocean Grafix:

NOAA Nautical Charts - OceanGrafix - Index

OceanGrafix is the NOAA provider of up to date charts. If you place an order with them, they will print it from the most current data available when they print it. They will also laminate it for a few extra bucks and you'll have it in a day or two.

The only down side from the book I mentioned earlier is that they are big, full size charts. But they are current.
07-25-2009 09:10 AM
sailingdog I'd have to check... but I'd also point out that you're missing GPSNavX, which is made by the same people who make MacENC. Doesn't do ENC, but does do BSB-type raster charts.
07-25-2009 04:29 AM
jaakennuste
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
You really need to update that list, since Maptech has gone out of business, and other companies have taken over their navigation software, and not all of the ones listed are still in business or available.
Thank's Sailingdog. What other companies are out of business except Maptech?

Jaak
07-24-2009 05:23 PM
sailingdog You really need to update that list, since Maptech has gone out of business, and other companies have taken over their navigation software, and not all of the ones listed are still in business or available.
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I've collected quite a list of PC navigation software with prices and links to my blog. May be it helps somebody to make ones mind.

Complete list of PC navigation software — almost complete « Sailing Gadgets
07-23-2009 07:14 PM
jaakennuste I've collected quite a list of PC navigation software with prices and links to my blog. May be it helps somebody to make ones mind.

Complete list of PC navigation software — almost complete « Sailing Gadgets
01-19-2009 08:53 AM
sailingdog Glad to help.
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Thanks sailingdog!
01-19-2009 01:15 AM
Omatako I use MaxSea which, contrary to everything this forum stands for, I got a copy of from a friend (never paid for it ) but here's the endorsement - if I had to pay for it I would without question. It's really good. Uses the old style C-Maps charts and I have the entire world on my notebook in good quality charts.

And I agree with SD, for voyage planning (as opposed to local sailing), Virtual Passage Planner is good. I just hope their data on weather and currents is better than others I have seen because I have sailed some areas where the data was badly wrong. But the software is easy to use and seemingly pretty accurate. We have just used it for a freind who is sailing next week from Seychelles at NZ and the data and the reports we got are great. Just hope it's accurate.

Maybe when the trip is done I'll remember to report the actual experience vs the expectation. I have saved copies of all the reports so we can compare.
01-18-2009 10:16 PM
JiffyLube
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
It depends on what software you're using to download the charts. In most cases, using a web browser or FTP program, you'll have to decompress the charts and then move them to the proper directory for the software to see them. You generally also need to tell the software to look for new charts.
Thanks sailingdog!
01-18-2009 10:10 AM
sailingdog It depends on what software you're using to download the charts. In most cases, using a web browser or FTP program, you'll have to decompress the charts and then move them to the proper directory for the software to see them. You generally also need to tell the software to look for new charts.

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Originally Posted by JiffyLube View Post
I have a laptop with Maptech, but I almost always use my plotter. I have one question though about downloading the free NOAA charts that can be used with Maptech (and other navigation software).

When a chart is downloaded from NOAA what happens after that? Does the chart download to your desktop or folder that you assign the download to, or does it go right into the folder of you navigation software that holds your current charts? Does anything special need to be done so the navigation software will recognize the chart?

I'm just trying to understand the mechanics of this operation before I attempt it.
01-17-2009 06:55 PM
Valiente
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Originally Posted by tjaldur View Post
I am very satisfied with "sailcruiser" from navsim.
Funny you should mention that one, T. I was at the Toronto Boat Show on Thursday and Navsim had a booth. The daughter of the developer was giving demonstrations and I liked the flexibility of the program and the fact that it could deal with a large variety of map formats.

When I found out that it could integrate a video camera output with the chart information, I immediately thought of navigating a reef and using a filter on a mast-mounted camera to locate coral heads in tropical lagoons as a second set of "eyes".

I also asked if you left the system running at dock, would it be possible to use screen capture programs and wireless to send pictures to a private website. She phoned her father and he said that it was. I said the reason was that it was useful to me to see the wind conditions at my dock and to look at the wave patterns to determine if I needed to visit the boat and to tie on more lines.

I think this would also be useful in certain anchorages, where if you are ashore sending e-mails with a laptop, you could see what is happening around your boat, as some anchorages can have very different local weather than what you are seeing ashore.
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