iPad for secondary charts, etc.

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Anybody using a GPS compatible iPad for the boat. I steal my wife's to go on this page, and search for gear, but I've been told there are some great programs. Worth it?
 

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The real trick is trying to read them in the sun. I can't make out my screen even when it's shaded. The navionics app has the same charts as my GPS but it lacks some of the features for navigating. I think it would be ok for chart plotting in the cabin and then downloading points to your boat's GPS.
 
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I was talking about more advanced programs, bottom graphs, etc. you know like some of the programs guys are running off there laptops. I don't really need these at this time, I just have a chance to pick one up cheap.
 
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I really like my NorthStar system, and I'm finally figuring out how to truly use its features. It's just that my wife works in the corp world , and I got a option to get one for short money.
I have the navtronics on my phone, but was told with some of the new software iPod is eventually going to be the way of the boating world.

It's just what my sailing buds try and tell me, don't kill the messenger.
 
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I mean its got to be only a matter of time before they integrate
Transducers, radar, auto pilot, charts, etc into one program for the ipad
Trust me, I have to have my son add numbers in my phone, so i will be screwed. I just feel this will be the future.
 
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I've used my iPhone/Navionics as backup for 3 years with no problem. I've run my old boat 50 or 60 miles homewards from the canyon up in the tower using it to keep me on track. As other have stated - ts tough to read in sunlight but it will get you home...
 

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Anybody using a GPS compatible iPad for the boat. I steal my wife's to go on this page, and search for gear, but I've been told there are some great programs. Worth it?

Hard to beat a Garmin handheld for a backup GPS.
 

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navionics is awesome for backup ....kinda silly not to have it if you have an iphone/ipad

I use Marine Weather Pro as well for forecast and radar....But I;m not impressed with that one....
 

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Im sorry, I guess I was looking for the commercial guys to chime in. There are a few more elaborate programs that my successful tuna, gillnet friends are running on there pc's. I am still ignorante about these. Still just run my northstar chartplotter, I have a hand held as a backup, Along with navtronics on my phone.
Was planning on looking into these programs, and was curious if any body was running these programs on a ipad.



 


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