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Old 12 September 2012, 08:25   #1
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iPad Chartplotter

Hi, I know this has been done before but are there any developments in using an iPad as a chartplotter?

Has anybody done it yet? If so any problems? is the software worth the money?

I would be very interested to see what type of cases / mounts are out there now
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Old 12 September 2012, 11:15   #2
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I am seriously looking at Nuud. with a RamMount mount system so i can swap and change it, there is 4mm overlap in the sizes and i am currently researching options.
I use my iphone in a bag with navionics at the moment, (with a garmin handheld backup , and 2 compasses).
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Navionics

Have got Navionics on my Ipad 2. Very good, useful photo's of harbours etc, tidal info, fast charting.

Built in GPS on ipad 2 with wifi / 3G position info in built up areas.

The latest upgrade at 2.49 is worth the money makes it far more 'chartplotter' and useful as it gives bearings distances eta's etc.

Overall for 45 it is a great bit of kit to have onboard. I bought the ipad for internet access when onboard away from wifi and just use pay as you go sim.

The only criticism would be the battery drain when GPS is running. Even with the ipad plugged into 12volt charger the battery is going down so you can get about 8 hours use.
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Have got Navionics on my Ipad 2. Very good, useful photo's of harbours etc, tidal info, fast charting.

Built in GPS on ipad 2 with wifi / 3G position info in built up areas.

The latest upgrade at 2.49 is worth the money makes it far more 'chartplotter' and useful as it gives bearings distances eta's etc.

Overall for 45 it is a great bit of kit to have onboard. I bought the ipad for internet access when onboard away from wifi and just use pay as you go sim.

The only criticism would be the battery drain when GPS is running. Even with the ipad plugged into 12volt charger the battery is going down so you can get about 8 hours use.
Thanks for the post, my iPad is a iPad2 wi-fi 16gb but it doesn't have 3g but I guess it will still work with the Navionics app as it's picking up my location at home ok?

Also how do you mount the iPad? and is it in a waterproof over?

Thanks Alex
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Old 12 September 2012, 12:12   #5
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After watching this several times I finally realised that they sell cases which are life proof



And after some digging around on there website it looks like you can make an iphone 4 into a chartplotter:

Waterproof iPod Touch Case | LifeProof

And this mount should go down well will a gopro mount

iPhone 4 mount, Helmet Mount, GoPro Mount, Protective Case | LifeProof

But although they do a cover for the ipad there is no sign of a mount

Cases for Apple iPad 2 | LifeProof

Unless it will fit in here:

http://www.over-board.co.uk/blog/lat...se-boat-mount/
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Thanks for the post, my iPad is a iPad2 wi-fi 16gb but it doesn't have 3g but I guess it will still work with the Navionics app as it's picking up my location at home ok?

Also how do you mount the iPad? and is it in a waterproof over?

Thanks Alex
I have an ipad 1 wifi only and was considering jailbreaking it so I can use it with my Global Sat BT 338 GPS

I read somewhere that using a separate bluetooth GPS receiver was faster / more accurate than using a 3G ipad?
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The iPad is superb for planning, but by the time you have forked out for properly waterproof cases and quality mounts I suspect you are into three figures so I would opt for a marine char plotter and keep the iPad out of harms way.
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Check whether you think the iPhone/iPad are readable enough in sunlight. My iPhone certainly isn't that good and I think someone (Cookee?) said the iPad wasn't either.
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I was about to buy a chart plotter but would only occasionally use it for areas I am not familiar with so bought a used IPad 1 3g for 200 stuck the navionics on it, bought an Overboard case for 20 and can confirm it works really well. Some thing to strap it to would be good and not great in bright sun but how often do we get that! Surprised how much I use it as a browser round the house so all in all a good move for me.
If you were going to use a chart plotter a lot then its not for you but for occasional use I think its brilliant. Great for planning routes in the house on the sofa!

How useful a WIFI only one would be I don't know. Maybe it could bluetooth to an external device?
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How useful a WIFI only one would be I don't know. Maybe it could bluetooth to an external device?
Thanks for the info, I hope to link it to my iphone 3gs if poss???
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