It does, thanks. I have a chartplotter, but it would be nice to use an ipad for planning and backup. I have paper charts of course, but I do like redundancy (not to mention a good excuse to get an ipad on the boat).
06-29-2011 12:47 AM
06-29-2011 12:08 AM
Here is an update a year after my initial post and after having the yacht for a year and about 8,000 km sailing.
1. The iPad as a chart plotter with navionics has been the best purchase ever. Only equal to the Autopilot.
2. I have never had a single problem with water and the device even in a storm but my cockpit area is well covered. I think this is the single most important point that the decision to use one should depend on the cockpit area.
3. I have never had a single problem with loss of GPS signal even in the worst storm I have been in.
4. The usability of the software with the touch screen and pinch to zoom i think is much better than navigating with keys.
5. My paper charts got wet when I accidentally left a window open and stuck together.
6. The most important thing missing for me is a radar which really requires a proprietary MFD. While I have really missed this and it has made some crossings hard I am so glad I have waited and will most likely get a small HDS screen and 3G radar. The only use of this will be for Radar.
7. The added advantage of the iPad is:
a. it controls all the music through an airport express
b. the weather forecasts with wind patterns etc have been excellent
c. through google earth the ability to navigate close to reefs (in the Whitsundays) has enabled me to get into areas I would not have been able to do.
In summary if you have a relatively inclosed cockpit and can hold off on Radar get an iPad. If not get a MFD and Ipad.
BTW the Navionics running on an Android is no where near as polished.
Hope this helps.
06-24-2011 04:57 PM
iPad waterproof case
Just to let those of you that would chose an iPad or iPad2 but that are worried about the device not being waterproof, there are waterproof hard cases available.
08-15-2010 11:06 PM
it seems boaters marine supply.com has some resonable prices.
08-15-2010 08:40 PM
NM the site won't link the website properly.
08-15-2010 08:39 PM
I was curious about this very subject.
08-15-2010 08:08 PM
im kinda having the same problem w/chartplotters,pc,gps.i found a chartplotter/gps by lowrance for $700.00 at enlund marine the other day that has a radar plug in for later use.problem w/enlund marine is they dont post much and no prices as not allowed to but you can call the one in charleston oregon and ask for kim(its a guy)and he is their tech guy who can walk you thru this.he,s very good.541-888-6723.good luck my friend.
08-15-2010 06:17 PM
I used an iPad with Navionics software as a chartplotter
and was very impressed. I also had paper charts and a Garmin 76CX for backup. This was in the North Channel of Lake Huron so navigation was not really a challenge.
The only problem I encountered was the iPad shuts down in sunlight (overheats), so I had to sit it in my cabin on sunny days. I sail a Com-pac Horizon Cat (20 foot) and have the 3G version with the built-in GPS while another cruiser had the wifi only version, which required him to "jailbreak" the iPad to use a bluetooth GPS.
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