sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Boats for Sale MarineBusiness-World Sail-World Racing Cruising Int Magnetic Is RW Photo Gallery FishingBoating
Sail-World.com : Choosing a chartplotter program for ActiveCaptain users
Choosing a chartplotter program for ActiveCaptain users


'ActiveCaptain - telling more than just where you are located'    .

Tom Lochhaas has sailed all kinds of sailing boats - 14-foot Sunfish to a 50-foot ocean cruiser - in all kinds of waters for three decades. He is passionate about cruising (and racing, but we won't hold that against him) and has written widely about many different aspects of the sailing life.

Here Tom offers some valuable tips about choosing a combination of chartplotter and the brilliant resource for cruisers, Active Captain, which comes in many modes:


One rainy day recently I was poring over my electronic charts of areas I'd like to visit and realized I have so many devices now (for the tests I run of apps and software) that I need to be more selective of what resources I use when cruising.

Basic chartplotter and navigation functions are, for most coastal cruisers, not a big issue any more, as many different apps and programs now provide the needed functionality.

What I realized I really wanted, however, was to have ActiveCaptain always at my fingertips to check out anchorage choices, find the best marina to refuel or get water, etc. - and I don't want to have to depend on connectivity at the time.

(For those who don't know about the online ActiveCaptain Interactive Cruising Guidebook, check it out - it's a terrific resource for cruisers.)

ActiveCaptain is built into several different navigation apps, but I dislike having to read text on a small screen (on a rocking boat, in the rain, etc.).

It's easier to browse information like this on a laptop, but again I don't want to need connectivity or put up with slower 3G download times using the online version.

So I have switched my laptop chartplotter program to Polar Navy, which can download the entire ActiveCaptain database for offline use.

Polar Navy -  .. .  

I have a Bluetooth GPS receiver for the laptop, which makes it even easier to see my boat's position on a chart overlaid with points of information from ActiveCaptain.

That feature alone for me justifies the purchase of Polar Navy at a much lower cost than most software navigation packages.

If you're in the same boat (no pun intended), check it out!

Tom Lochhaas -  .. .  
Tom Lochhaas’s articles and columns about sailing and the sailing life have appeared in many boating periodicals, including SAIL and Good Old Boat magazines. He is the editor of two books of sailing stories, Treacherous Waters and Intrepid Voyagers.

His newest book, Suddenly Overboard: True Stories of Sailors in Fatal Trouble, is based on years of studying sailing incidents leading to either rescue or fatality, but rather than describing the dry facts, this book tells the stories with dramatic realism so that readers feel they are there and realize how, in their own boating, they can take steps to stay safer.

You can read more of Tom's words of wisdom on SailingAbout.


by Tom Lochhaas/Sail-World Cruising

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=109204

12:23 AM Tue 7 May 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Practical

Related News Stories:

28 Apr 2013  Words of wisdom from a Cruising Guru
16 Apr 2013  Love your sailing boat's belts and they will love you in return
06 Apr 2013  Something to ponder - Is your GPS system 100% safe?
05 Apr 2013  World's tiniest PLB now certified for use
05 Apr 2013  World's tiniest PLB now certified for use
31 Mar 2013  Paper charts essential for the prudent sailor - or are they?
29 Mar 2013  Sail clear of these three dangerous wreck symbols!
29 Mar 2013  Paper charts essential for the prudent sailor - or are they?
16 Mar 2013  Getting your boat to shine in all weathers
12 Mar 2013  Secure attachment innovation iPad/iPhone for sailing boats
MORE STORIES ...






Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World

Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters by Roads and Maritime Services,


The Galley Guys take on the Vancouver International Boat Show by Greg Nicoll with Frank Leffelaar and Friends,


Are you ready to enter that marina? by Captain John Jamieson, Florida














Remember to properly dispose of obsolete distress beacons by Australian Maritime Safety Authority,




World ARC fleet bids farewell to Bali by World Cruising Club,






















World ARC crews in Bali by World Cruising Club,


Could your sailing navigation use a tune-up? by Captain John Jamieson, Florida












Shedding light on the life of former lighthouse keepers + Video by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority,








The Boat Cookbook
Indian Ocean-wide tsunami exercise to test readiness
Blue Planet Odyssey - Aventura makes landfall at St John’s
Round the World racer joins Southern Pacific Inflatables
New exhibition explores role of Royal Australian Navy in WWI
18 anti-piracy weapons for ships to fight pirates
World ARC fleet now arriving in Bali
Skysol Frame Large: A new shading solution for sunroofs
Governor’s Cup Yacht race - Great for cruisers and racers alike
EU Naval flagship- frigate assist yacht twice maydays in pirate zone
Australian Maritime Safety Authority coordinates rescue of solo sailor
An offer a Galley Guy cannot refuse
Dinghy Safety - More to think about
Southport Yacht Club’s annual Sail Past and Blessing of Fleet Ceremony
World ARC fleet to enter Indian Ocean for the first time
Pack this sailing gear for 'hands-free' lighting
New earlier date for ICA’s Cruising Prep Seminar proving popular
World ARC fleet departs Darwin under full sail
Techno-Sciences chosen for AUS/NZ MEOSAR Infrastructure Deployment
Marine Rescue crew saves cruiser in trouble in rough conditions
2014 Mandurah Boat Show - Third largest boat show in Australia   
Blue Planet Odyssey - Northwest Passage gate opens   
World ARC participants tour Litchfield National Park   
Africa Europe Challenge introduces 'Spectator's Package'   
Wanted youth circumnavigators on a 'Voyage of Imagination'   
The crowd-pleasing comforts of catamaran cruising   
Death by Dinghy   
'Sailing Stones' of Death Valley seen in action for the first time   
20 coral species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act   
Shanghai to San Francisco in under 2 hours via supersonic sub   
Last chance to win a yacht worth $250,000   
A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation!   
How amazingly awe-inspiring the Arctic really is   
New atlas provides thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean   
Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys   
Dangerous conditions for boaters from Queensland border to Sydney   
World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin   
Scarlet Runner circumnavigated the globe   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Rock stars of sea take to catwalk   
Dangers of the Dinghy trip back to your boat   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph, contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW Cru SH
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT