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Topic Review (Newest First)
11-27-2008 01:12 PM
seabreeze_97
Another debate looms...

Ahh, God I can see it now:
iPhone vs Sextant.
11-26-2008 01:08 PM
ckgreenman
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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
CK, I don't think anyone's advocating making the iPhone the end-all in navigating. On the other hand, I'm reading "Desparate Voyage" by John Caldwell and he navigated 9,000 miles of southern ocean using only a stick of butter and two kittens - so what are you going to do?
Ok, you got me. do kitten hairs always land facing north when sprinkled on a plate coated with butter???

As for the iPhone I say do it. It you can figure out how to preload it and not download on the fly, that is. Heck I'd probably use my phone too. Although for that type of journey I'd probably use professionally calibrated charts as opposed to the home made ones I use on our lake
11-26-2008 12:54 PM
PaulSail51 Hey Smackdady-- I think its the data roaming charges that might have bit you, check it out with AT&T.

My GPS usage is bult into my monthly data plan.

To ckgreenman- you are correct, a purpose built for long passages is the only way to go, but for local use the iPhone works quite well.
11-26-2008 12:50 PM
PaulSail51 Wow, get me the name of your implantist so I can do that too...

Seriously, we are not too far froom that. Interesting concept. Gives new meaning to, "its all in your head..."
11-26-2008 11:58 AM
smackdaddy CK, I don't think anyone's advocating making the iPhone the end-all in navigating. On the other hand, I'm reading "Desparate Voyage" by John Caldwell and he navigated 9,000 miles of southern ocean using only a stick of butter and two kittens - so what are you going to do?
11-26-2008 11:54 AM
ckgreenman I would think if the charts are pre downloaded you would not have ANY phone charges. Is it possible to disable the ability to grab charts online?

Although for serious navigation I would think that a more purpose built unit would be better. Using a phone for navigation is probably fine for simple stuff (lakes and known areas) and street navigation but if I'm going out of site of land I'd probably make sure I have at least 1 of not 2 other units floating around.
11-26-2008 11:44 AM
smackdaddy After having just paid an INSANELY HUGE phone bill for using my iPhone in Europe on a business trip, I'm starting to re-think this a bit. In 2 weeks, despite having purchased an international data plan, I racked up over a grand in charges using the GPS and google maps. It was extremely useful - but ouch.

Put that in the live and learn column. But, the real question is how do you avoid this if you hopping down the coast on a Bajahaha? I understand the localized chart thing would decrease data usage by not downloading each section of the map like google maps does - but what are other thoughts here?
11-26-2008 11:39 AM
smackdaddy
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Originally Posted by JHJensen View Post
I would like to know how you interface the implanted system to the vessel system? Bluetooth, wireless or a jack?
David, if the latter, please for the love of Spanky, don't tell us - or post any pictures. I shudder at the thought.
11-26-2008 10:15 AM
sailingdog No, I don't believe so... the doctors have discussed it and they all agree your skull is far to thick...
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Originally Posted by ckgreenman View Post
Perfect. the I guess I'm a suitable candidate as well.
11-26-2008 09:50 AM
ckgreenman Perfect. the I guess I'm a suitable candidate as well.
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