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Old 12 January 2014, 18:35   #1
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i have searched for info on this app on site and not much found. my partner has just got her iphone upgrade model and she has give me her old iphone, i have heard about this app not long ago after going over some rocks in budliegh salterton and some chap telling me about it.I dont have any nav equipment on my boat, so rather than spending on charts when i go to other areas it this be a good option?
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Old 13 January 2014, 02:03   #2
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never heard if this app, but I've used the Garmin Bluechart App, just to see if it's any good as a backup, and that works great
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Yes it's on App Store 34. According to only does USA waters but there maybe a U.K. version

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Old 13 January 2014, 03:20   #4
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I have the Navionics App on my iPhone as backup should my plotter fail, great app albeit pricey.

If you do go down the app route make sure you have a way of charging your phone on board, they are power hungry apps.
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I have the Navionics App on my iPhone as backup should my plotter fail, great app albeit pricey.

If you do go down the app route make sure you have a way of charging your phone on board, they are power hungry apps.
I agree, they will flatten the iPhone battery in a day no problem if you leave it running
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I dont have any nav equipment on my boat,

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so rather than spending on charts when i go to other areas it this be a good option?


Apps may be useful tools - but given the compatibility of anything from apple with sea water, and the fact the designers were more interested in looks than battery life I think you need to have a robust alternative.
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I've yet to see a waterproof case that lets you use the device and charge it -- anyone?
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Old 13 January 2014, 04:00   #8
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yes i have read somewhere they can drain your batteries fast, but that's is if your using the live plotter or your using for your route ( something like that ) was just thinking about charts and sometimes just to check my depth and for rocks. all uk charts can be got from another app i think
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Never used iNavx but the Navionics app is really good, I have both the iOS version on an iPad and the Android version on my phone. The iPad is great for planning trips beforehand at home if it is not convenient to get out your paper charts, and the phone app is nice to have as a backup system onboard, and for checking tidal streams and heights if your plans change.

However the battery life and lack of robustness near saltwater makes a phone or tablet useless on a rib in my opinion, so my phone stays in my dry bag when onboard only coming out briefly to take the occasion photo. I have a basic handheld GPS into which I load any relevant waypoints before I start my trip, and that gives me my speed over ground, heading, distance travelled, and lat / long. I also take a hand bearing compass and notebook with some transits and clearing bearing worked out for my trip so I can navigate if the handheld GPS packs up.

Apps are a great tool, but not when under way in an open boat at planning speeds.
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Never used iNavx but the Navionics app is really good, I have both the iOS version on an iPad and the Android version on my phone. The iPad is great for planning trips beforehand at home if it is not convenient to get out your paper charts, and the phone app is nice to have as a backup system onboard, and for checking tidal streams and heights if your plans change.

However the battery life and lack of robustness near saltwater makes a phone or tablet useless on a rib in my opinion, so my phone stays in my dry bag when onboard only coming out briefly to take the occasion photo. I have a basic handheld GPS into which I load any relevant waypoints before I start my trip, and that gives me my speed over ground, heading, distance travelled, and lat / long. I also take a hand bearing compass and notebook with some transits and clearing bearing worked out for my trip so I can navigate if the handheld GPS packs up.

Apps are a great tool, but not when under way in an open boat at planning speeds.
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