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Old 09-03-2014, 07:44 AM
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Is it possible to us my Ipad as a stand alone Chart plotter in real time offshore? if so how do you do it?

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bunch of threads on this.

if you have a cellular enabled ipad you can download navionics or another mapping program and be good.

if it is just a wifi you need to buy a badelf transmitter or similar that are fairly inexpensive that will pickup the gps signal.

direct sunlight view is pretty bad so it will help to have it recessed
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i use the navionics app for ipad and am very impressed. I can take it with me on anyones boat I go on and have all my spots right there on hand. Mine worked all the way over to bimini last trip over on the internal gps in the device. It is a really good back up but not a straight replacement for a chartpoltter.
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Originally Posted by Liveactionfishing View Post
i use the navionics app for ipad and am very impressed. I can take it with me on anyones boat I go on and have all my spots right there on hand. Mine worked all the way over to bimini last trip over on the internal gps in the device. It is a really good back up but not a straight replacement for a chartpoltter.
agreed, but how far do you plan on going offshore? as it might serve just fine for your needs. 10-20 miles out i would probably use it, any farther i might consider something else.

what if it get splashed or wet, or if it gets dropped when the seas are rough...
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Originally Posted by CapnKip View Post
agreed, but how far do you plan on going offshore? as it might serve just fine for your needs. 10-20 miles out i would probably use it, any farther i might consider something else.

what if it get splashed or wet, or if it gets dropped when the seas are rough...
Mine is kept in a lifeproof case in the event of water splashing or falling in rough seas. Best part about it is the ability to be free of your boats mechanical systems in the event of a lightning strike or power/device failure. you always hear stories of guys losing their electronics and this is a perfect way to combat that issue by running on a standalone power source.

With your cell data turned off and brightness turned down you can get a good 8 hours of battery life and still keep a gps signal regardless of distance offshore, which is plenty long to navigate back to your respective port.
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Ive used the same iPad 2 for 4 years running all over the gulf out to 200 miles and all over the Bahamas. Never an issue. I have it mounted on my dash and I ran power to my batteries. Sometimes using it for well over 24 hours straight.

Only issue is that it overheats from time to time, but give it 15 and its fine.
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Man that's wild the stuff they have now is crazy pretty soon they will probably have a app that lets you drive your boat off your ipad lol.
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Even better now with the V.7.2

o Now with Course UP. Just Tap the GPS icon 3 times.
o Mobile Sonar with Vexilar
o SonarCharts Density (this allows you to reduce the number of contour lines where it may look a bit cluttered)

http://www.navionics.com/en/sonarphone

http://sonarphone.mobi/products/t-box/
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Originally Posted by suzuki140 View Post
Man that's wild the stuff they have now is crazy pretty soon they will probably have a app that lets you drive your boat off your ipad lol.
Already there, Garmin 741xs connected to autopilot and iPad connected to Garmin via

Garmin Helm app. Can set route or
Waypoint on iPad and away we go.

Amazing stuff nowadays.
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The days of the $5k MFD are dwindling.. There will be the nay-sayers that will say 'it'll never replace .....', but they are wrong. Probably the same people who said digital cameras would never take pics as good as 35mm.

I can buy a waterproof tablet with more power and functionality than any 10" MFD on the market for under $200. GPS, weather, internet, music, tie into any number of onboard systems...... What is that, 1/20th the cost of equivalent MFD? All they need are the peripherals to plug in, and they are coming... Brightness and the other minimal limiting factors will be addressed. Keep a spare or two onboard if durability is a concern...
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Reading the display will suck in the sun light. Not a bad option for backup considering no one knows what a compass and plotting a course is anymore.
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I tried using a buddy's Ipad on one stream trip. It worked, but for many reasons annoyed me. Good for backup.
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Originally Posted by M&M View Post
Even better now with the V.7.2

o Now with Course UP. Just Tap the GPS icon 3 times.
o Mobile Sonar with Vexilar
o SonarCharts Density (this allows you to reduce the number of contour lines where it may look a bit cluttered)

http://www.navionics.com/en/sonarphone

http://sonarphone.mobi/products/t-box/
Is the course-up mode using vector charts, or raster charts with upside-down text if you're heading South?

I prefer course-up, but apps like OpenCPN using NOAA raster charts are irritating, unless you only head North.
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Alot of the Bay Pilots use an Ipad with a custom program for pilots. They plug in their Ipad to the AIS pilot plug on my ship and away we go...
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Originally Posted by agallant80 View Post
Reading the display will suck in the sun light. Not a bad option for backup considering no one knows what a compass and plotting a course is anymore.
Duh...I have a compass app on my iphone.
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Originally Posted by Karl in NY View Post
Is the course-up mode using vector charts, or raster charts with upside-down text if you're heading South?

I prefer course-up, but apps like OpenCPN using NOAA raster charts are irritating, unless you only head North.
Its Navionics vector charts and you have a choice of N up or course up. It works nicer than my Raymarine C80. Redraws faster etc. I use it as back up and for checking ahead when navigating rather than using the Ray C80. the touch interface makes it quick and easy.

Its also good for plotting a route before you head out or sitting at home exporing around looking for structure and the next fishing spot to try. If you already have an iPad and you have a boat, I don't know why you wouldn't buy the Navionics iPAD app.
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Just remember to always have a backup:
http://www.latitude38.com/lectronic/...ate=2014-05-23
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Originally Posted by Jason Adam View Post
The days of the $5k MFD are dwindling.. There will be the nay-sayers that will say 'it'll never replace .....', but they are wrong. Probably the same people who said digital cameras would never take pics as good as 35mm.

I can buy a waterproof tablet with more power and functionality than any 10" MFD on the market for under $200. GPS, weather, internet, music, tie into any number of onboard systems...... What is that, 1/20th the cost of equivalent MFD? All they need are the peripherals to plug in, and they are coming... Brightness and the other minimal limiting factors will be addressed. Keep a spare or two onboard if durability is a concern...
Are there radar and sonar interfaces for the Ipad yet?
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are ya'll using the navionics chart that cost $50 bucks or the free version ?

and where can you get the lifejacket case ?
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I use a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab 2 for my chartplotter- run the free navionics Gov't maps- going to be purchasing the maps for $55 though so I can have the chartplotter across ALL devices that are enabled with GPS- my phone, my wifes phone, laptop and tablets- seems to run pretty fluid on the Galaxy- and this is an OLD tablet- nice that you can take your tracks/routes with you on any boat- and can also plan routes on your couch then bring em on the boat-
I like it- then again I have ZERO experience with standalone chartplotters- so in comparison I can't tell ya
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