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Re: Autoroute on Navionics
I don't use the feature to navigate, but I love to use it for float planning. The routing itself is most useful, when unfamiliar with the area or, as mentioned, there are dozens of little islands or channels. We found it incredibly useful in Maine last summer.
My primary desire is to calculate time and distance, more than the route itself. In seconds in can know how far today's passage might be or compare the alternatives. By altering the vessel speed, which also takes seconds, I can quickly get time in varying VMGs. Anyone who has ever sailed a boat knows they won't/can't stick to any point to point route.
Even when I'm sailing familiar grounds, I find myself reaching into my pocket to open the app, tap on my destination and just select "Boat To". It then gives me remaining distance and time. This is very useful. While I could technically do this on my plotter too, the app is 1000x faster and easier.
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