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06-19-2012 09:18 PM
Geoff54
Re: Advice Sought for minimalist coastal navigation

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Originally Posted by GMC View Post
I use OpenCPN for setting waypoints and then free program called "EasyGPS" (also free) that dumps the waypoints onto my 76, so I don't have to punch them in. That used to be a killer. So, I sit at home or work, set my waypoints (you will use routes once you see what OpenCPN can do) and then hook my 76 to computer at home or work, send the waypoints over using EasyGPS and then walk out the door to go sailing with only my 76s. Very nice and all I need. No computer on board. No chartplotter, other than the basic route screen on the 76, following a black line with no map on it. No PC on board. Works great. See you out there.
Greg
EasyGPS is great and it also easy to enter waypoints directly into the EasyGPS screen if you are not using OpenCPN or similar. But do make sure you are using the same degrees/minutes settings on EasyGPS and Garmin. My Garmin defaulted to hddd mm.mmm (which I prefer) while EasyGPS defaulted to hddd mm ss.s

I entered hddd mm.mmm waypoints into hddd mm ss.s fields and, once I realized, I had to change the setting in EasyGPS and then enter them all again (couldn't find an easy way to convert). I'm glad I decided to check them against the chart before I set out.
06-19-2012 07:07 PM
klem
Re: Advice Sought for minimalist coastal navigation

Sailing out of Salem, you should be good doing this. Salem sound has a lot of shallow water but the buoy coverage is excellent and they don't tend to move around. The places where the buoys move a lot tend to be the ones on the North side of Cape Ann like Annisquam, Essex Bay, Ipswich and Newburyport.
06-19-2012 02:54 PM
Tempest
Re: Advice Sought for minimalist coastal navigation

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Originally Posted by hriehl1 View Post
Tempest... thanks, that appears to be my missing link and if I'd fired up the MapTech package before posting I'd have had my answer. Thanks again.

Henry, No problem. I've been meaning to test it myself, ever since garmin stopped supporting real time tracking in Mapsource, your post just gave me the incentive.
06-19-2012 02:50 PM
hriehl1
Re: Advice Sought for minimalist coastal navigation

I have not taken the class, but have studied the course textbook (and others) extensively and understand the principles. All I'm looking to do is sail the same way they did 40 years ago, looking out over the bow instead of looking at an LCD screen. (Remember the Valu-Jet crash where the pilots were so distracted by instrument problems they flew the plane right into the ground?)

But... one would also be foolish not to avail oneself of the the safety margin afforded by modern developments.

Thanks all for your advice.
06-19-2012 01:34 PM
Barquito
Re: Advice Sought for minimalist coastal navigation

If you have not done so already, take a coastal navigation class, such as, ASA 105. I would say the knowledge gained in this class is more important than a chart plotter.
06-19-2012 01:33 PM
hriehl1
Re: Advice Sought for minimalist coastal navigation

Tempest... thanks, that appears to be my missing link and if I'd fired up the MapTech package before posting I'd have had my answer. Thanks again.

Hellosailor... my point is that I'll have no AIS, radar or chartplotter. All I want are a depth sounder and the handheld GPS sending to a NMEA 0183 slave display showing SOG. I plan on line-of-sight navigating with chart and hand-bearing compass close at hand when/if needed. The handheld GPS with pre-loaded waypoints of my cruising grounds is for navigational assistance only if I'm in fog or hopelessly lost.
06-19-2012 11:52 AM
hellosailor
Re: Advice Sought for minimalist coastal navigation

Henry, onceuponatime not so long ago, that's how a GPS was used, waypoint to waypoint, no chartplotters. SO by all means, yes, it can still be done.

I'd be surprised to find any GPS that didn't let you upload waypoints you created on your computer, but with most (all?) Garmins there is a small stumbling block. You may have to set the Garmin into "NMEA/NMEA" communications protocol for it to work with your AIS and displays, and then RESET that to "GARMIN/GARMIN" in order to upload or transfer waypoints and other information with the computer. No big deal--unless you're not aware of the need to switch modes every time. Maybe your model is smart enough not to need that, check the manual.
06-18-2012 11:50 PM
deniseO30
Re: Advice Sought for minimalist coastal navigation

I'm surprised open CPN and active captain haven't entered into this discussion.
06-18-2012 11:39 PM
Tempest
Re: Advice Sought for minimalist coastal navigation

Henry,

I just pulled out my 76csx and cable, opened up Offshore Navigator lite on my laptop and hooked up the unit and it recognized it. I threw in few quick routes and waypoints saved them and it was able to upload them to the garmin unit.

So, with that, I think you have the tools that you are looking for, and I know now, that I seem to have real time tracking with my laptop, garmin, and Maptech.
06-18-2012 11:29 PM
jackdale
Re: Advice Sought for minimalist coastal navigation

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Thanks Jack, To clarify. I don't rely on any single tool exclusively. The times that I have used Marine Traffic.com it's been useful. While it's not real time, It does offer me the opportunity to see the vessel's name, and it's most recent course and speed. Having the name, helps in contacting them directly. Ships are more likely to answer a direct call, than a general securite.

The Last time, I needed it, it came in quite handy, it picked up every big ship of concern..and I was able to communicate with them.
The times I have used in the PNW it has been pretty good. I still rely on VTS in heavy traffic areas and at night or in fog.
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