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AIS on Navionics Boating App?!

Did ya'll see the AIS is available through the Navionics app now?! AIS in the Navionics Boating App

This is a feature that was historically only available to pretty high end equipment. I could definitely see this being a huge help in low vis areas. Has anyone tried this yet?
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Re: AIS on Navionics Boating App?!

You do understand that this requires connection to a wifi-capable AIS transponder? The app itself doesn't give you AIS capability, it only connects and shows AIS data produced from a separate AIS transponder.

Navionics is late to this game - other navigation apps have had this functionality for many years now.

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Re: AIS on Navionics Boating App?!

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I use the Navionics boating app on my phone. I have a B&G plotter and AIS receive on my VHF. I was surprised to see the AIS targets appear on the boating app. It's pretty cool but I still prefer the display on my real plotter.

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I use the Navionics boating app on my phone. I have a B&G plotter and AIS receive on my VHF. I was surprised to see the AIS targets appear on the boating app. It's pretty cool but I still prefer the display on my real plotter.

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How did the AIS data appear on the Navionics app? Does your plotter transmit those data over wifi? I assume your VHF does not.

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Re: AIS on Navionics Boating App?!

Wish my gx220 sent info to my tablet.
Would be killer...
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Re: AIS on Navionics Boating App?!

Hello,

I run Navionics charts in my B&G Vulcan plotter and the Navionics Boating app on my phone. The Vulcan has built in wifi. My phone connects to the plotter. First the plotter and phone sync so both have the same routes, waypoints, chart updates, etc. While the phone and plotter are connected any data that the plotter has is also shared with the phone. This includes depth information, AIS information, etc.

One thing I REALLY like about navionics is the crowd sourced depth information. If I have my phone connected, the phone will receive and store depth information. When I get home the phone will sync the depth (and lat long) to the 'cloud' and later this new depth information will be added to the chart data. You can clearly see the areas on a chart that have been crowd source added.

No one asked, but I also like that Navionics supports dock to dock autorouting (based on the draft of your boat). I always verify the route but it makes journey planning very easy. I can sit at home with my ipad, plan a route, sync the route to my phone, and then sync it to my plotter.

As you can tell, I'm a big fan of Navionics.

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How did the AIS data appear on the Navionics app? Does your plotter transmit those data over wifi? I assume your VHF does not.

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....One thing I REALLY like about navionics is the crowd sourced depth information. If I have my phone connected, the phone will receive and store depth information. When I get home the phone will sync the depth (and lat long) to the 'cloud' and later this new depth information will be added to the chart data. You can clearly see the areas on a chart that have been crowd source added.
Iíve been curious about this. Crowd sourced ďsonarĒ depths are an option on my app, which I almost never use. Iím a fan of crowd sourced data, however, the transponder is never installed at either the waterline or bottom of the keel. There is a programmed offset to adjust its reading for whichever you prefer. Some like actual water depth (like me), some want to know how much water is under the keel. Others are just plain wrong. Not sure how they make sense of it all.

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No one asked, but I also like that Navionics supports dock to dock autorouting (based on the draft of your boat). I always verify the route but it makes journey planning very easy. I can sit at home with my ipad, plan a route, sync the route to my phone, and then sync it to my plotter.
I have the app and love this feature. Needless to say, one canít always sail a route exactly, but its excellent at planning passage time, at various VMGs. It was a great help cruising up in Maine. We always plan the day over coffee in the morning. Just knowing relative time/distance between options is great.
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Iíve been curious about this. Crowd sourced ďsonarĒ depths are an option on my app, which I almost never use. Iím a fan of crowd sourced data, however, the transponder is never installed at either the waterline or bottom of the keel. There is a programmed offset to adjust its reading for whichever you prefer. Some like actual water depth (like me), some want to know how much water is under the keel. Others are just plain wrong. Not sure how they make sense of it all
In general I like the crowd sourced sonar, but one failing I have found is that people avoid a shoal area, so it doesnít show up on the sonarchart map. It seems they somehow ďfill in the blanksĒ to make the map look nice. I would rather just see exact tracks people have taken with holes that would warn you they are uncharted.
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Re: AIS on Navionics Boating App?!

Barry,

I with you about Navionics . Have had it from itís first iteration and update as they have kept adding to it. Sometimes more info than I use , but thatís better than the alternatives.

I have AIS B so I donít use that feature,
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All super helpful replies. Thank you!
Yes I agree about the crowdsourced data. It's good to have that extra layer of data since, no matter how big a charting company is, there is no way to chart all of the ocean continually (since the bottom contours change in addition to there just being a LOT to chart).
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