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iPhone/iPad depth sounder

hey everyone, retrofitting my new to me 1975 Grampian 26 and I need some instruments, I know I can use my iPhone or iPad for GPS but is there a way to use it as a depth sounder?
also looking at getting the Calypso wind instruments I would like to have a clean setup, easy to read and use.
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Re: iPhone/iPad depth sounder

There's a thing called a Vexilar Sonarphone which is a transducer and control box that will put out a wifi signal which, combined with the iPhone app, will give you depth readings. I don't know how easy it is to use or whether it will work for your situation.


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is there a way to use it as a depth sounder?

Tie a long piece of string to it.....


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Tie a long piece of string to it.....


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Re: iPhone/iPad depth sounder

Hey,

If you can find one, check out the B&G Vulcan 5. That model supported many different sonar transducers, and came with wifi. B&G has a program that will allow you to display and control the plotter on your IOS or Android device.

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I don't know about the phone thing but inexpensive, reliable, always ready, easy to read depth sounders are easily installed.
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Re: iPhone/iPad depth sounder

I want to rely on my iPad because it's a relatively small boat and I don't want to install too many systems.
I looked at the Vexilar and I'm thinking of getting it, I also looked at the Calypso instruments anemotracker, so the iPad would do triple duty with the navionics app. As well as anchor alarm, all in a small package.
next will be looking at a good bluetooth speaker and my nav-entertainment system will be complete.
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Re: iPhone/iPad depth sounder

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I want to rely on my iPad because it's a relatively small boat and I don't want to install too many systems.
I looked at the Vexilar and I'm thinking of getting it, I also looked at the Calypso instruments anemotracker, so the iPad would do triple duty with the navionics app. As well as anchor alarm, all in a small package.
next will be looking at a good bluetooth speaker and my nav-entertainment system will be complete.
That looks pretty cool:
Vexilar SONARPHONE W / HS TRANSDUCER

It'd be nice if it worked with Navionics or something so you could show depth while you were looking at your chartplotter.

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Re: iPhone/iPad depth sounder

SOMEWHERE recently someone was using an iPhone with WiFi transducer where he was marking a channel and the data was going onto a chart or something that could be put into a chart.

It’s here somewhere. No idea where.

(Or was it CruisersForum?)

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Re: iPhone/iPad depth sounder

Hey,

On my boat I run Navioncs on my Vulcan 7, and on my phone. If I am 'tracking' my trip the sonar information from the Vulcan is sent to my phone and stored. When I get back onto WIFI and sync, the depth information is sent to the cloud and the charts are updated. Next time someone else logs on to get the latest charts MY depth information is included.

This is very good use of crowd sourcing.

Forget about Coast Guard changes to charts, this happens in near real time. If lots of boaters doing the intercoastal used this, it would probably prevent a lot of groundings.

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SOMEWHERE recently someone was using an iPhone with WiFi transducer where he was marking a channel and the data was going onto a chart or something that could be put into a chart.

Itís here somewhere. No idea where.

(Or was it CruisersForum?)

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