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Old 01 October 2012, 16:52   #61
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I will probably get shouted at for this but I find charts on a rib a complete PITA. So I dont bother. Instead I have a back up to the main plotter in the form of a Garmin handheld. Sealed in a peli case with some spare batteries. I then have my iphone with the Navionics App installed.
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I will probably get shouted at for this but I find charts on a rib a complete PITA. So I dont bother. Instead I have a back up to the main plotter in the form of a Garmin handheld. Sealed in a peli case with some spare batteries. I then have my iphone with the Navionics App installed.
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I will probably get shouted at for this but I find charts on a rib a complete PITA. So I dont bother. Instead I have a back up to the main plotter in the form of a Garmin handheld. Sealed in a peli case with some spare batteries. I then have my iphone with the Navionics App installed.
I don't & never have, carried paper charts on the boat. Unless you know where you are, they are pointless IMHO. I also carry a handheld Garmin (with Bluechart VEU706L loaded) & the Navionics app if it really goes tits up, & there's always the compass
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I don't & never have, carried paper charts on the boat. Unless you know where you are, they are pointless IMHO. I also carry a handheld Garmin (with Bluechart VEU706L loaded) & the Navionics app if it really goes tits up, & there's always the compass
I don't carry paper charts either. If I am on new ground I will copy small to carry in bag but I also always have Fly-to-me app on my iphone for back up.
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I don't & never have, carried paper charts on the boat. Unless you know where you are, they are pointless IMHO.
Depends where you operate... but if there are objects you can recognise (marks, buildings on shore) its not hard to get your position.
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Hmm, well an iphone and navionics seems like a cheaper option. Does a handheld Garmin simply have more reliable GPS reception, or is there any other reason that it is a better option than a phone & navionics?
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Waterproof? No need to touch the screen with wet fingers to do things, longer battery life, cheaper if it goes for a swim, replaceable batteries...
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Hmm, well an iphone and navionics seems like a cheaper option. Does a handheld Garmin simply have more reliable GPS reception, or is there any other reason that it is a better option than a phone & navionics?
Yup it's waterproof, has better battery life, more reliable GPS without the need for phone signal for improved accuracy.
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Its easy enough to get a waterproof, floating iphone case though, I have one and its suprisingly good! The battery however I can imagine makes a big difference!

Are there any other features though, I'm just trying to justify to myself why I would buy one. Are the available charts more detailed for example?
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Ah sorry replied before the second post there. Ok accuracy makes sense to me, if the Garmin is more reliable in that respect that justifies it on its own as I've had some very odd directions from my (admitedly old) iphone 3GS before!!!
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