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Old 27 April 2015, 11:56   #11
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Paper Charts, latest Nautical Almanac, Latest Tidal Flow Book, Weather Sites (for the areas your going to go through) plus grab a copy of RYA passage planning. Might also be worth doing a quick course with someone or a refresher on navigation if you haven't practiced much recently.

Top Tip, dont rely on electronic nav aids, cos Capatain Murphies law dictates when you really need it, it will probably malfunction.

Sounds like a good trip, take some photos for us all and best of luck, hope weather is great for you.

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Old 27 April 2015, 12:21   #12
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Originally Posted by Trimix View Post
Thanks guys. I will check Bing again and see if I can do as you suggest Poly.

I do prefer paper maps, but only have one so far (will buy more later) However, while at work with a fast internet connection and boring conference calls I can pass the time away by looking at maps online

Jeff, thanks for your offer - I will check and see what I do have on my PC at home and come back to you.
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Old 27 April 2015, 12:26   #13
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Hi Trimix,
try Google Earth, go to tools/ ruler/ path, you can measure any distance you like.

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Old 27 April 2015, 21:38   #14
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Here is another terrific one that calculates distance between waypoints that you click on the map .
Click on the waypoints toolbar then zoom in to where you want to go, click a waypoint,then a second one and so on. It adds it all up in distance.
Navigation tools - Google Maps Distance Calculator
It measures in Nautical miles.
To convert to kilometers go here Nautical Miles to Kilometers table
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Old 28 April 2015, 01:55   #15
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Old 28 April 2015, 02:59   #16
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Ah, brilliant - thanks guys, there's plenty of useful info for me to waste away several hours of planning / daydreaming

The good thing about where I'm going is that there are no tides (well, only an inch or two at most) the weather stays the same for long periods of time, so if its flat and sunny it will be like that for weeks. Even when its not, the waves are big rolling swells, not that choppy mess we get in the Solent. I did some experimentation over Xmass in some large rollers, just surfing on the top, or scooting along in the trough. They were large and predictable.

Unlike the Solent its also pretty simple for Navigation. But I will take a backup compass / paper map / GPS etc. Its quite mountainous so you can just point the boat at the next headland as you can see it miles away. If the weather does start to change I can zip back to my start/end point in double quick time. I'm also taking two 20L jerry cans of fuel just in case. Fuel is only at the main marinas and they are far apart.

I've got a decent range at cruising speed, trouble is when its flat and sunny its so easy to think cruising is 45knotts

I'm also planning on a few nights where I will bivy on the beach in some of the isolated coves along the way. So a line and bait as well as something to start a fire will be added to the list of stuff to take.
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Old 28 April 2015, 18:23   #17
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Maybe a bit laborious but free..... I have used a combo of Google maps <right click -what's here> to generate a lat-long then paste into EasyGPS.

EasyGPS is a free download. Set it to your preferred gps and it will export the waypoints, routes etc to your plotter.

Also keep an eye on MemoryMap. Software is a bit clunky but they do have some spectacular mapping offers every so often ....
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Old 28 April 2015, 19:24   #18
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At home I use Google Earth on PC and The Fly to Me series of zaps on my iPhone for planning so far okay
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Old 30 April 2015, 13:19   #19
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Any reason not to use Garmin homeport? It's quite easily available online if you know where to look, as are the maps so you don't need the card from the boat. It can do fuel calcs and you can do as many routes as you want and then put onto the plotter. There is also the equivalent for iPad which you can then sync wirelessly when you get to the boat.
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