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Old 27 April 2015, 04:28   #1
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Route planning help

Can anyone recommend something I can use on the web to help plan a cruise.

My Garmin is on the boat, and the boat is in Corsica - so I cant use that until I get there. In the meantime Id like to measure distances so I can plan my stops and choose harbours with fuel for the cruise I'm thinking about.

I cant seem to measure distances on Google maps unless I go by road !
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Old 27 April 2015, 04:46   #2
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Try the Navionics webapp Navionics Webapp

There is a 'dividers' symbol bottom right which brings up two moveable pins , and gives the distance between them.
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Oooh, cheers for that, I will have a look.

I have also found this site:A tool to easily calculate the distance and cost of a boat or yacht itinerary

Looks OK as well.
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Well, that's buggered up any chance of doing any work now

I'm going to spend all day planning routes, checking harbours / fuel and then booking hotels. Goggling marinas, beaches and general daydreaming.
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Buckribster - on that Navoinics tool I cant seem to do any more than stick two pins in the chart and get a distance between them.

I suppose I could keep doing that leg by leg and add them up manually, but am I missing something ? Can I plot my whole route made up of many legs on screen ?

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You can get measurements on bing maps IIRC. Surprised if you can't on Google too.

On bing you can string together a wholecroute and edit points etc and it will give total distance. It's not perfect but for free not too shoddy either.

Personally I think for planning there is a lot to be said for a table full of paper cartography rather than eve a 15" laptop screen...
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HAve you got a copy of Garmin Mapsource ? ( as opppsed to Homeport)

If so I have (v2009) charts for the Med I could send a copy of you to use on your PC. Not exactly 'up to date' but aside for bouyage not much changes - you can then use this to plot waypoints and routes, save to card and upload to your plotter

I presume yours is the newer plotter with SD card instead of the old Garmin datacard - but I think this shoudl still work - save as Garmin DB or even as GPX ?

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For quick plans if you're not interested in hazards, bathymetry, actual navigation, etc, and just want some rough distances, there's always Skyvector (SkyVector: Flight Planning / Aeronautical Charts). It's really best for flight simulators, but it can plot multi-segment paths using click-and-drag lat/lon points, and give you leg distances (in nautical miles), times and totals.

As long as you can recognise significant places by the outline of the coast, it might be sufficient. It's certainly no substitute for a real chart, though.
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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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Trimix, perhaps you can try this out.
I know you have a Garmin but, It is for Raymarine, but it does allow you to plan your waypoints and routes on your home computer.
There is a free download version you can try out
Voyage Planner Data Management Library
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