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Old 17 February 2012, 09:42   #1
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Does anybody use their ipad for real world navigation, i.e. have it mounted on the dash, plotting a route, using way points etc.

If so, what charts do you use, and what bracket do you use to hold it in place.

Finally, and most importantly, does it work?
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Visibility is direct sun light is a big known issue with this.
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Don't use a iPad but do use a iPhone. I have a O2 Audio fit wrist case that I modified to allow a charge lead to be used so as battery life would not be a problem retaining the waterproofing. Use navionics app and just speed to give gps info. I also have a nmea feed going to inmea from a gps through a wifi repeater but haven't used it in anger yet. This will give a full nmea feed and the iPhone gps as backup. I also have a dash mounted case but as stated before sun is a problem. Gs
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Don't use a iPad but do use a iPhone. I have a O2 Audio fit wrist case that I modified to allow a charge lead to be used so as battery life would not be a problem retaining the waterproofing. Use navionics app and just speed to give gps info. I also have a nmea feed going to inmea from a gps through a wifi repeater but haven't used it in anger yet. This will give a full nmea feed and the iPhone gps as backup. I also have a dash mounted case but as stated before sun is a problem. Gs
Clearly running them (iphone / ipad) as a back up is the way forward. Thanks.
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ipad / phones are not waterproof and if they get wet and stop working then you have to return them under warranty apple will cancel your warranty as they have a device fitted internal to them which can tell they have been wet in which case cancels the warranty
as i have just found out
they are obviously not made for our moist west coast weather!!
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ipad / phones are not waterproof and if they get wet and stop working then you have to return them under warranty apple will cancel your warranty as they have a device fitted internal to them which can tell they have been wet in which case cancels the warranty
as i have just found out
they are obviously not made for our moist west coast weather!!
Personally I wouldn't take my Iphone out on an open boat if there was the slightest chance of getting it wet let alone an Ipad - there are a number of options for keeping them dry - I saw one on TV that had foam balls on each corner and they kept throwing it on the ground and it survived perfectly.
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I've used my iPhone regularly with a standard soft waterproof pouch from OverBoard and it works OK. Keeps the water out and the touchscreen still works although visibility isn't brilliant.

I recently picked up a Magellan Toughcase on EBay. They're not compatible with iPhone 4 so are getting much cheaper now. I plan to keep my 3GS as backup boating phone/gps/plotter when I eventually upgrade and will probably stick a GiffGaff payg SIM in it.

Not much relevance to the OP though as it's nothing to do with an iPad
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Assuming that the Overboard Ipad case works, and it is quite a claim from them if it doesn't, see Waterproof iPad Cases - Waterproof iPad Case - Waterproof Case | OverBoard then what is the best navigation software to run on it?

Does anybody have any experience on this?
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I don't know if there any new iPad only apps, but Navionics is the best that I have seen so far.

On my iPhone I also have TidesPlan, Ship Finder, Motion-X GPS and the Imray Rules & Signals app.

I'm pretty sure the OverBoard case will keep your iPad dry but it won't give any protection from knocks. Not sure I'd be happy without a bit more protection.
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