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Old 06 February 2013, 12:14   #51
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Cookee,

What about Bad Elf though?
Doesn't that give you a GPS signal, direct to you App. without having 3G built in and not using Bluetooth?
And isn't it accurate?
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Old 06 February 2013, 12:33   #52
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Cookee,

What about Bad Elf though?
Doesn't that give you a GPS signal, direct to you App. without having 3G built in and not using Bluetooth?
And isn't it accurate?
That is a 3rd party external unit - I think it gets it's position information to the Ipad via Bluetooth but as I have no need for one I have no direct experience.

Having found their website they do both! Bad Elf GPS for iPad and iPod touch shows a plug in device or they do a Bluetooth one with more features - take your pick!

Just make sure it is compatible with your model of Ipad - they are all different!
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Hi, thanks for the replies and I apologise in advance for being thick!

I would like to use an iPad with navionics for navigation but I also want to know what the actual water depth is directly under the boat at that point I time and therefore do not want to rely on a GPS position and approxiamiation!

I think from every bodies response above I will therefore need to purchase a seperate depth transducer and screen read out as an IPAD with Navionics will not have this capability.

Thanks everybody for your responses
Not quite true. It is possible to have a depth transducer outputting information which is then passed via wifi to an iPad, which can then display it as a numerical value. However, this information can't be overlayed ontop of the Navionics chart like you can on a proper chartplotter, because it has to have its own separate app.

This is what you want for mounting, very neat:
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Not quite true. It is possible to have a depth transducer outputting information which is then passed via wifi to an iPad, which can then display it as a numerical value. However, this information can't be overlayed ontop of the Navionics chart like you can on a proper chartplotter, because it has to have its own separate app.
Another option is to use iNavx on your iPad, similar to Navionics but also displays realtime info from N2K devices if your network has an N2K to wifi gateway. Although by the time you've done all this you could buy 2 plotters for the same money!
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Thanks Gotchi Guy,

At last somebody answers the question, not sure about the super duper storage / mount. I like the idea of buying an IPAD to do the chartplotter function as I don't see the point in spending 400+ on a chart plotter which can only be used on rare occasions - (any 1 of my 2 boats at present)
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Not quite true. It is possible to have a depth transducer outputting information which is then passed via wifi to an iPad ...
Does this device also provide a WiFi LAN?
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Not quite true. It is possible to have a depth transducer outputting information which is then passed via wifi to an iPad, which can then display it as a numerical value. However, this information can't be overlayed ontop of the Navionics chart like you can on a proper chartplotter, because it has to have its own separate app.

This is what you want for mounting, very neat:
I dread to think how much
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Does this device also provide a WiFi LAN?
Digital Yacht - Light Years Ahead

I imagine so however I don't think you can share internet from it although the "BoatraNET" product does this and internet too I think. It's not only digital yacht that offer this kind of device
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I imagine so however I don't think you can share internet from it although the "BoatraNET" product does this and internet too I think. It's not only digital yacht that offer this kind of device
Jeez .. iPad plus WiFi enabled depth reading device (cost unknown) plus digital yacht at 400 = a lot
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Jeez .. iPad plus WiFi enabled depth reading device (cost unknown) plus digital yacht at 400 = a lot
You don't need a special depth sounder, just any NMEA 2000 one. They are around 150.

+ digital yacht at 375, total of 525 brings you to about the cost of a small 5" plotter which has just about the same functionality but in a slightly less neat package. I don't think it's appropriate for open RIBs but for a larger cabin boat I can definitely see the attraction.

It would only be attractive if you already had the ipad so the cost of that doesn't come into it.
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