I tried to get this to work on my PC... find and load charts and so forth. I am too dumb to get it to work... I use my Raymarine, B&G, Horizon and navionics on Mobile devices.I gave up. ended up buying and downloading Navionics app. Great stuff
Wouldn't know--only had the same one on mine on board for about 6 years now, in salt water, including offshore (and as my only PC at home, winters) and I've realized how unhappy it was. I guess I'll have to wait and see how it works out over time.Laptops do not like being on a boat...
My laptops beginning with an Apple all crapped out. I too like a bigger screen for work and entertainment. I got an MFD to have radar and it's fine. I also will use smart phone as a plotter. I don't bother with route planning or waypoint libraries. It would be nice to have radar and AIS on a small mobile device. I have 2 working laptops I no longer use. On board I have a NUC with an 27" HP monitor all running from a buck transformer. HP can be moved any convenient place for entertainment or *computing*... which is more comfortable on a table top/desk top.Wouldn't know--only had the same one on mine on board for about 6 years now, in salt water, including offshore (and as my only PC at home, winters) and I've realized how unhappy it was. I guess I'll have to wait and see how it works out over time.
Meanwhile, I like word processing, chess software, internet connection with a keyboard and larger screen, though it's all a matter of personal preference. A 12v cig lighter outlet in a cockpit cubby gets it into the cockpit, unless the weather is real bad. Laptops have disadvantages--size, for one--but the ruggedized laptops seem to be sufficiently protected from moisture ingress around the keyboard, ports, etc, that, at least in my own experience. And refurbed ones are cheap. You can probably own 2 with identical hard drives, for the price of a dedicated plotter or one of those little tiny things you see people playing with while they're driving. But to each his own.
I have always wondered what a Rout Planning route is.OT... can some sailboat person describe one of their route planning *sessions*? What does this consist of? Is it a set of waypoints saved to a named route to be followed at some point in the future? How does route planning take into consideration currents (set and drift) and wind speeds and polars for the boat?
I hear ya! Routes in the ocean really make little sense as the passage takes days to weeks and the weather and currents are often the major variable that ANY charting/route planning software does do.I have always wondered what a Rout Planning route is.
When I plan a route thats the route. isnt it? Sometimes I initially just do a rough route: France to New York and the line might go straight over a few islands etc (England? :grin), but that gets fixed up.
I use OpenCpn as my primary navigation program. its the best free one in the world.
Auto current stuff and Polars I think you need one of the more expensive bits of software. I know I have some auto-routing siftware on my IPad and I have clicked on Auto-route for fun but I would never use it.
For currents I use Total Tide (if you can still find it on the net.)
OpenCpn has a good website opencpn.org
They did something really STUPID a few versions ago and made the previous Tracks disappear if you zoom out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I lob into some French port and the Coast Guard want to see where I have come from: I say "Voila! Look at me plotter!" BUT all the tracks have disappeared! How utterly stupid. But its not the first stupid thing OpenCpn have done, so you gotta keep the other .exe files too to replace with an older pre-idiocy version