Originally Posted by mdt
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.