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Thoughts about Laptop-based Chart Plotters:

  • Pay for PC Software (Recommendations please!)

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  • Download it free

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  • PC Chart Plotters are rubbish

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Hello sailors. I'm considering going for PC-based chart plotter software for cruising, albeit with paper back-up. I note the choice of freeware vs purchase (up to 100GBP) mentioned in much older posts. Can anyone offer me some personal experiences of either? Grateful for all related views!!
 

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Free PC based chart plotter is super for US coastal navigation, charts are freely available. Only drawback to a laptop is that the screen washes out in the sun light so it's best use is below decks.
I'll second OpenCPN, it is however undergoing rapid development at this time. A new build is being released every week or so. Great changes and bug fixes are happening. It does both raster and vector charts which I find useful.
Other choices would be Seaclear II or NavGator. Both have features I like and ones I don't.
 

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I use Maxsea. Can't think of anything I don't like about it.

Mine runs on world-wide C-Maps charts and has great world wide tidal info plus a lot of other features.
 

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I use Maxsea. Can't think of anything I don't like about it.
Maxsea is great, the only drawback is that they dropped support for the Mac with os X.

For the Mac I recommend GPSNavX (for raster format BSB and Softcharts) and MacENC (for S-57/S-63 vector format ENC charts, Navionics Charts from X-Traverse and BSB and Softchart raster format charts) and iNavX (for iPhone & iPod).

Prices and Comparisons of the three.
 
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