Smack go sailing then come back. Bye that's what we're doing.
We just sailed 1K miles from Texas-Florida during June-August. So you were saying?
I'm a wimp and want to change mag.
I'm not sure what this means. If you mean change between magnetic and true heading readings - we can do that easily with our iPad. In fact, I can easily show both at the same time.
Check. Actually far more advanced than virtually any MFD out there.
See AIS/radar targets.
Change from north up to course up. While glancing at depth, awa,aws, current arrow, sog, cog, speedo, etc. all in a glance.
At night in dir ct sunlight, in fog with wet screen with wet or oily hands, with charge in the air.
Never worry about the battery or dropping it.
Check. Actually, we have TWO sources of power - internal battery and house bank (three if you count solar). You only have one. And I never worry about dropping it while its mounted just like yours is.
Oh, and unlike yours, I never worry about not being able to see it when I'm anywhere
on our boat. I just slip it out of its mount and take it with me (or use one of my many redundant backup iDevices). And I've never dropped it. Not once. So maybe that's the user - not the device.
Never worry about getting a signal.
Check. I've never worried about signal for the chartplotter itself. Never been a problem.
However, you might have a slight advantage in the area of WiFi-vs-wired connection for AIS and SeaTalk instrumentation. But your advantage is only very slight, and you give up a lot of other advantages to have it.
No most cruisers aren't following your path. There's a reason. It's not about tech. It's about ease of use at high stress times.
An increasing number are. No question about that.
Bottom line: if you make a categorical statement like you did above, it's going to be patently ridiculous. The advantages of one over the other just aren't that pronounced. Period.
In fact, when you really get down to objectively
evaluating both columns of advantages, I think the iPad solution has the overall edge...which is why it's gaining traction.
Stick to what you like and/or feel comfortable with, I have no problem with that - but let's not be ridiculous.