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06-23-2011 09:39 AM
Minnewaska I took my iPad along my 2 week New England cruise. It came in handy on day 2. As I was navigating out of Seal Bay in Maine (zero nav aids, but well charted), my chart plotter fluxgate went screwy. Had us tracking in the right direction, but the boat pointed elsewhere. It made the picture very disorienting. Ran down below, put the iPad in it's waterproof case and fore up Charts and Tides. Took us right out and actually had better harbor detail than my plotter. I came to use it routinely when in harbor for the rest of the trip. The offline, Active Captain database, was also invaluable for phone numbers and actual reviews of anchorages to know what to look for.

Finally, the anchor alarm I purchased, Anchor Watch, did not fully work when I tested it at home. However a patch came through while we were on the trip and fixed the bugs. It would actually send an email msg to my phone if the anchor dragged. Tested by walking it down the street, of course. That gave great peace of mind when we had cell coverage and would go ashore It would also run in the background at night, so it burned very little battery power, but would fire up a siren if you broke from the mooring or dragged while sleeping. Also tested on land, never actually dragged.

I say.... iPad..... Don't leave home without it.
06-07-2011 10:56 PM
NICHOLSON58 have you considered a hand held like a Garmen Dakota?
04-27-2011 12:13 PM
donahum There are now two Apple approved GPS modules for the Itouch and IPAD. One is the Dual XGPS150, it connects to the IPAD via bluetooth and can use any of the Nav apps in the App Store. I just ordered one, from what I have seen on other baords it works great and is a great deal for $99.00 at Amazon


04-21-2011 09:56 PM
chef2sail From a CNetophile


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On it's face and in isolation this is not exactly a huge deal. The location data is not being sent anywhere as far as we know. It resides on your iPad or iPhone (3G models) and on your computer where you sync to iTunes. Well, that's assuming you don't sync to someone else's computer, of course. In that case, they might have your location data available to view and play with.

And really, that's why this could be a big deal, on some level.

And it's not just that the data is being collected, cataloged, stored and exists, it's that it's been there since iOS4 was released, and we didn't know because no one really noticed until now. Someone had to get curious, poke around, dig into the data and discover it by accident. Makes you wonder what other info might be hanging around in places we don't know about, eh?

Hopefully Apple will explain exactly what all the data is, why it's there and how it's used - in great detail. It can't be there for no reason, and I can think of a few cool reasons for collecting the data, but unencrypted and no notification of tracking is a little concerning to me. I'm looking forward to hearing from Apple to understand more.
Why the big secret? More to come from Apple Marketing Spin I am sure. Hohws it feel with Big Brother watching you.
04-21-2011 09:45 PM
Minnewaska I thought I read that your Ipad keeps a database that will synch with your iTunes software on your desktop, but Apple does not have access to it.
04-21-2011 09:43 PM
chef2sail By the sounds of the news today about the IPADS and I Phones that BIG BROTHER (The Apple Empire) has been tracking you all along....and you thought you were tracking your boat.

Did they disclose that they had installed tracking hardware on your IPAD?

This appears to more than the run of the mill GPS program to track where your phone is on,

Dave
04-21-2011 09:16 PM
Minnewaska
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Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife View Post
.....Your iPhone in the bar would ring and tell you: "Hey, Stupid! The boats dragging!" Is that so?
That's what it says it can do. You have to set up your from and to email addresses. Email, not a phone call, but still pretty good.

It can also be set up to email your coordinates every few minutes so that someone can track your location at home. You would need to be within cell coverage for that to work.

As mentioned, it may also suggest your Ipad is departing the boat.
04-21-2011 01:06 PM
hellosailor "Your iPhone in the bar would ring and tell you: "
I had that happen once, almost. Had dropped the owner ashore to catch a cab and was heding back to the dink when someone said "Isn't that boat dragging?" and we HAD secured the anchor very well, we thought. Raced back to boat to perform Chinese Fire Drill and get the boat secured again.
Can't trust any anchor you can't actually SEE. Can't rely on email or cellcos much more than that, either.
04-21-2011 10:17 AM
brak
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Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife View Post
So if you left the iPad on the boat turned on.
And then went to the bar with your iPhone.
And your boat started to drag....
Your iPhone in the bar would ring and tell you: "Hey, Stupid! The boats dragging!"
Either that or someone stole your iPad
04-21-2011 10:08 AM
MarkofSeaLife
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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
the anchor alarm being able to send you an email. Wow.
So if you left the iPad on the boat turned on.
And then went to the bar with your iPhone.
And your boat started to drag....
Your iPhone in the bar would ring and tell you: "Hey, Stupid! The boats dragging!"


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