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I friend of mine just bought a boat and noticed that the chip worth about $200 was stolen from his chart plotter.

It is easy to get to, just open a cover and pull out the chip.

Never thought of that before, myself.

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The plotter makers won't care.... They sell more chips.

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Re: New theft threat

It is only relevant to particular plotters. Furuno, for example doesn't use chips or other removable media.

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Re: New theft threat

Have three. One in nav station, one under hard dodger and one at helm. Use the one below as the ďmasterĒ for two reasons. Itís totally out of the weather and when Iím not on the boat itís inside a locked boat.

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Re: New theft threat

The nav station master plotter, like we have too, has been falling out of favor, often being replaced by tablets or laptops on WiFi. This is a new consideration for keeping the old ways, for sure.

Then again, pulling the chip and putting it below is not the end of the world.


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Just a dinghy racer today, itís been two decades since Iíve had a boat with a chart plotter, but Iím surprised these things are still in use. You havenít all replaced them with iPads on adjustable mounts? Seems to me they have all the hardware required, and there must be some good chart plotter apps today? Raise your hand if you donít already own an iPad or two!
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The killer app for chartplotters is radar. Tablets fall far short there. Otherwise, actually navigating and planning on a chartplotter is painful.

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It is only relevant to particular plotters. Furuno, for example doesn't use chips or other removable media.

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I think they have a microSD card but it is practically inaccessible being in a slot on the back of the monitor within the waterproof pod. However, these cards can be copied, so losing one is not a disaster - they just have to have the same ‘license number’ as the master.

For most applications, our iPad is fine (at the risk of reigniting the old arguments on this matter). But there have been times in the past 6 months where we took water over the bow that challenged the helmsman to stay standing and may well have pulled a removable mounted unit off. That is not necessarily the type of sailing that most people do (nor that we would plan for) generally.

Also, in addition to overlaying radar, getting real-time AIS has proven very useful. Not quite sure how to do those two things on our iPad.
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Re: New theft threat

Love my navionics on our iPads but all to often in the rain or after a day of taking spray the touch pad just doesnít work. Have eye glass cleaner in a spray bottle. That and a very soft microfiber makes it work for awhile then need to do it again.
So as long as they make chart plotters with the redundancy of keys, joysticks and touch thatís the way we will go.
See the RM on the IPad as well and can run the autopilot from that or the small waterproof wireless RM remote. Thereís still too much you give up without the chart plotters and various add ons. Donít understand why a fully wireless network canít be done. Hear even something as simple as a wind indicator can be unreliable.

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I think they have a microSD card but it is practically inaccessible being in a slot on the back of the monitor within the waterproof pod. However, these cards can be copied, so losing one is not a disaster - they just have to have the same Ďlicense numberí as the master.
Hey, you're right. I'm just installing our new TZT2 now and see that this is the case. When they said all charts are pre-installed and can be access just by entering unlock codes, I thought the charts were in internal storage like they were with our previous NN3D plotter. Now I see all the charts are on the microSD card. However, that card slot is in the back of the unit and underneath a screwed-on cover. Since ours is surface-mounted, the card slot is inside the boat and not accessible from the outside.

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Also, in addition to overlaying radar, getting real-time AIS has proven very useful. Not quite sure how to do those two things on our iPad.
Our Vesper has a built-in wifi access point and presents the AIS data, as well as any N2K data on the network, to other devices. Our iPads are our principle displays for AIS. Some other AIS brands do the same.

Furuno does have a wifi radar that is used with tablets.

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