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I'm a new to sailing and am looking for reliable GPS navigation (and cheap) for my future excursions. I have a starter boat (pictured below) and have very limited electronic capabilities at this time. I'm interested in utilizing OpenCPN on a Raspberry Pi. Has anyone tried this?
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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*UPDATE* So, I tried it on my Galaxy Tab A. The application seems to crash every few minutes and the chart downloader is unresponsive. I will try the Raspberry Pi(3) next and see if that is any more stable.
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Just put OpenCPN on an Android tablet. Easy peasy.

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I believe there is a port for Raspberian, but it seems it would really be pushing the Pi to its limits. It might make more sense to get a quality Android tablet as a decent screen is really important. I have it running on a couple of PCs including a 12 volt PC with a 12 volt touch screen monitor at my nav station, windows tablet and a couple of android tablets. It does not take the best tablet but I would look for two things, first a built in GPS sensor and second one with a fair amount of memory. My inexpensive tablets really take ages to refresh the screen. I think more memory would help. There is some good help over on Cruser's form but they are a bit prickly to deal with but the OpenCPN form seems to be good.

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I've used OpenCPN, both with a GPS plugged into my PC, and my Android telephone providing GPS via Bluetooth to the laptop. I didn't have a GPS sensor in my tablet, so the Bluetooth worked nicely from the telephone.


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I have a similar question, I am looking for a cheapish iOS chart plotter/navigation app with active captain integration. Does anyone know of any?
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OpenCPN works well with any GPS source that is NEMA enabled. The no-cost US charts work, but other areas of the world will need to be purchased including Canada. I am uncertain if the no-cost IENC charts of the Great Lakes and Western Rivers work with OpenCPN.
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I have a similar question, I am looking for a cheapish iOS chart plotter/navigation app with active captain integration. Does anyone know of any?
Seems the only thing that will have Active Captain on it will be Garmin equipment. They say they will support other devices, but they have to follow a new API (to comply with European rules) but have yet to release anything about the API so anything that has current AC support will likely lose it, especially since most of the inexpensive ones are supported by small companies and aren't likely to have the necessary resources. I think Active Captain is on it's way out so I would not make that my decision as to what plotter to get. The arias where I sail there has been little if any new updating since it was sold, even though there was lots of it before. Garmin is not making it easy for other companies to work with them.

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Active Captain is not a good resource for sailing. It never was a reasonable resource for navigation; now even it's shore reviews are growing stale.

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Active Captain is not a good resource for sailing....
Jeez guy. You dont even try to hide it.
Skip reality...spout BS.
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Active Captain is not a good resource for sailing. It never was a reasonable resource for navigation; now even it's shore reviews are growing stale.
What is "Active Captain"?

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