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Old 12 February 2020, 18:02   #21
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Never used them on their own. Used in conjunction with Open CPN and Navionics on the Lawrance all well adequate for point to point navigation or "marina hoping".

There was, at last count, over 500 anchorages/harbours covered in detail with Antares and in reality most locations you might head for on the west of Scotland is likely to be covered. In terms of operating in a small area, it's relative, I would rarely do more than 150mls in a day but even at that we've been to every populated island off the west coast of Scotland except Barra and visiting places like Loch Teacuis and the head of Loch Hourn was a lot easier with Antares.
As I said, I wouldn't advocate using a tablet or laptop as a substitute for a plotter but there is no technical reason that a plotter couldn't run third-party charts as well eg. inland lochs. (Navionic's Loch Lomond is very basic and I don't think the Garmin recognises it at all.)
For some reason they allow additional charts to be loaded on handheld plotters but not fixed ones so this isn't a technical issue.
Ok I misunderstood, thought you meant using antares only
We have toured with another boat who had antares & a raymarine we had garmin & it didnt make much difference to be honest I couldnt see that the antares gave him much advantage over the detail we had.
I guess the first manufacturer who makes a plotter compatible with any chart format & able to switch from one to another will be on a winner
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Old 16 February 2020, 17:37   #22
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I currently use Navionics gold and thinks its great software - and as pointed out already in this thread, tablets etc in sunlight are next to useless
Soon they wonít be....
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Not an advocate of tablets either. Personally I don't like touch screens.
While I agree to an extent it is inevitable........ you may not like streaming music and prefer cds too

Water is the biggest issue with touch screens as they get confused but different tech will likely solve that.

Garmin et al will have to get on board or be usurped or they arenít bothered about the leisure market and wonít care they loose out on it....
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Soon they wonít be....
Why is that?
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OLED displays work well in sunlight much better than traditional lcd panels....
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One of the other issues I had with the "Laptop" solution that would also roll over to tablets is the limited internal battery capacity meant it had to be charged during use and connecting it compromised the waterproof integrity. I had sort of got round this with sealant but it wasn't pretty.
Any "cross-over solution" would have to incorporate a waterproof charging connector.
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One of the other issues I had with the "Laptop" solution that would also roll over to tablets is the limited internal battery capacity meant it had to be charged during use and connecting it compromised the waterproof integrity. I had sort of got round this with sealant but it wasn't pretty.
Any "cross-over solution" would have to incorporate a waterproof charging connector.
I think these things are great back ups and I do have similar on my phone and always take my ipad just incase also but I cant be bothered with more batteries and notifications.

In my opinion a decent old plotter will be far more reliable than something that's not nailed down. There are Raytheon plotters that are 20 years old and still work perfectly. I opened one up last week and there was not a single bit of corrosion or any issues with it. How many laptops are 20 years old. laptops are for ebay and ribnet, not navigating in the fog.
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Any "cross-over solution" would have to incorporate a waterproof charging connector.
Wireless inductive charging has taken care of the issues already
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