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Old 17 January 2006, 11:51   #1
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tom tom

can u use a tom tom on your rib
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Old 17 January 2006, 11:55   #2
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can u use a tom tom on your rib

yus butt a bongoe iz beter.

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Old 17 January 2006, 12:07   #3
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Not really - It is designed for road use and has no map detail in the water.

It would still function like a basic gps though so if you had it as a backup just to get a position from it would work.

It will try to snap to the nearest road all the time so everytime you went under a bridge or anything it would asume you were on the road.
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Old 17 January 2006, 12:41   #4
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can u change the info on the card to suit the water
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No

here is a website dedicated to various free and otherwise mapping tools for pocket pc. The site is a bit out of date now though.

Not much available for marine use in my opinion.
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cheers roy chart plotter it is then
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get Maptech

No real need for a chart plotter…. If you have a PDA you can fire Maptech Marine onto it from your PC and then your PDA shall act as a proper Chart plotter. Granted your screen size is a bit limited, oh and a waterproof PDA case would be very handy.

I have got the Maptech maps on the PC for the East cost of Scotland and it is very good have not got round to sticking it onto a PDA as yet but it is meant for this.

Oh the Maptech software can not run on your PDA if you have got tomtom set up already. So a second cheep PDA would be needed….
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Oh the Maptech software can not run on your PDA if you have got tomtom set up already. So a second cheep PDA would be needed….

I run TOMTOM Navigator 3 and Memory map on the same PDA - is this one of the many new pit falls with Navigator 5? I upgraded to 5 then realised how poor it was and reverted to 3.

I only use memory map as a back up to the chart plotter on the boat but I use it alot with OS maps for hill walking and have had no problems.

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No real need for a chart plotter…. If you have a PDA you can fire Maptech Marine onto it from your PC and then your PDA shall act as a proper Chart plotter. Granted your screen size is a bit limited, oh and a waterproof PDA case would be very handy.


I have got the Maptech maps on the PC for the East cost of Scotland and it is very good have not got round to sticking it onto a PDA as yet but it is meant for this.

Oh the Maptech software can not run on your PDA if you have got tomtom set up already. So a second cheep PDA would be needed….
Or just buy a chart plotter...

Already waterproof, doesn't run out of batteries after a few hours, no messing around with pocket PC operating system that is always crashing and needing a reset.

Seriously there's no way I would trust a windows based product (pocket or otherwise) for my navigation.

IMHO adding a combined chart plotter/sounder to your rib is the best accessory money can buy second only to the radio. It makes things like coastal exploring a real pleasure rather than a constant worry that you are getting a bit close to the rocks - I took my dad (who has owned boats since before i was born and currently ownes 4 or 5 of the things) and a load of friends out in my rib last weekend on a 70 mile coastal trip in Cornwall and my dad kept commenting that he had never been that close to the shore - I could only confidently do this at speed because of simple easy to read depth and chart info mounted right where I can see it on a proper chart plotter.
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Was not for a second inplying that a chart plotter was not required… just that if stedj was looking for a option of using PDA as a plotter then there was a way.
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