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Old 15 May 2021, 03:51   #1
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Does anyone use any chart plotting apps on their phones ? I know it won't be as good as a dedicated system but i only want something to log where I've been. I'll always be in sight of the coast.
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Old 15 May 2021, 04:52   #2
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The navionics app is brilliant. Not the cheapest but a good app, and Iím happy to use it as a backup to my GPS
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I don't use navigation apps on my 'phone on the water.
My phone is too valuable an asset to lose / damage on the water
I have a built in plotter with GPS.
I have a hand held GPS as as back up
I also carry paper charts of my usual areas. I am am coastal more than offshore so rarely out of sight of land.
Why would anyone want to use a small (non waterproof) smart phone screen instead of a proper plotter.or portable GPS?
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Old 15 May 2021, 17:26   #4
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My phone is waterproof 👍👍 and it's purely for my own info. I'm making my first outing with an engine tomorrow so thought it'd be fun to see where I've been. I'll be on a huge firth. I won't need charts or the like.
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The navionics app is brilliant. Not the cheapest but a good app, and Iím happy to use it as a backup to my GPS
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I don't use navigation apps on my 'phone on the water.
My phone is too valuable an asset to lose / damage on the water
I have a built in plotter with GPS.
I have a hand held GPS as as back up
I also carry paper charts of my usual areas. I am am coastal more than offshore so rarely out of sight of land.
Why would anyone want to use a small (non waterproof) smart phone screen instead of a proper plotter.or portable GPS?
Not heard of aquapac then strava is good for reliving where you have been, SafeTrx also useful, relive is good if you take photos and videos.
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Old 16 May 2021, 01:36   #7
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I don't use navigation apps on my 'phone on the water.
My phone is too valuable an asset to lose / damage on the water
I have a built in plotter with GPS.
I have a hand held GPS as as back up
I also carry paper charts of my usual areas. I am am coastal more than offshore so rarely out of sight of land.
Why would anyone want to use a small (non waterproof) smart phone screen instead of a proper plotter.or portable GPS?
Why would someone want something with a good battery life which is small, can be easily stored and is multifunctional, you mean?
Most smart phones are waterproof these days and you can get waterproof pouches for them which still allow the touch screen to work also.
For me, itís a backup but if someone didnít have space or was on a budget, providing they have a means of charging it should the battery die then I think itís a good means of navigation.
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Not heard of aquapac then strava is good for reliving where you have been, SafeTrx also useful, relive is good if you take photos and videos.

Cheers, downloaded Safetrx 👍
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Not heard of aquapac then strava is good for reliving where you have been, SafeTrx also useful, relive is good if you take photos and videos.

Cheers, downloaded Safetrx 👍
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Quite easy to drop / damage a mobile phone on a RIB.
They tend not to float.
If it's the rpimary comms / navigation, there's no back up
I also like the fact that on the RIB I can put the mobile away and get a break from the thing for a few hours unless thing go very pear shaped!
For me my mobile very much backup with plotter and VHF my primary tools.

Each to their own though
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I will get a marine radio and do the required course �� and I'll get a plotter also.

But for now my phone will have to do��
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I will get a marine radio and do the required course �� and I'll get a plotter also.

But for now my phone will have to do��
Depends where you are going and what you are doing..... my hx890 is a radio with gps and while not a plotter it can store and navigate between waypoints but a smart phone is a lot easier to use and can do more...
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+1 for Navionics. Just be careful of your battery life. An active nav app can horse through your battery 4/5x normal.
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