MarineBusiness-World.com
 
 
News Home Photo Gallery Cruising USA Cruising Int
Sail-World.com : Cruising sailors and iPads - One tech-savvy cruising sailor tells
Cruising sailors and iPads - One tech-savvy cruising sailor tells

'Crystal Blues anchored in Buffalo Bay in Ko Phayam, Thailand'    .    Click Here to view large photo

Neil and Ley in antifouling mode -  .. .   Click Here to view large photo
Long time cruising sailors Ley and Neil Langford are sailing their yacht Crystal Blues on the coast of Thailand. Here Neil talks of the difference that iPad has made to their lives, both navigational and family, and how this tech-savvy cruising couple manage their communications systems:

Many cruising sailors have PC's installed onboard, running navigation applications such as Fugawi, C.Map, MaxSea, OpenCPN or other programs. Then along came the iPad and muddied the waters somewhat.... well quite a lot actually !

The iPad is great for reading e-books, handling email, web viewing, skype calling, music listening, video replay and a million other tasks. It connects simply to our PC and has changed the way we communicate with others.

Sailor’s eye-view -  .. .   Click Here to view large photo

Like many other sailors, we use the excellent Navionics HD charting application on our iPad - it's a great tool. Intuitive and simple to use, it keeps getting better with every upgrade. I understand that Navionics sales via the Apple iTunes store are enormous. Of course with the Navionics app the iPad is not linked to the boat's instrument systems, so it won't display ARPA or AIS targets, wind, depth or any of the other NMEA data relating to the boat or its environment. But the mobility of the device is attractive - we can use it anywhere on board, subject to prevailing weather.

However there is a simple way to have the best of both worlds - the mobility and convenience of the iPad and the complete suite of information that is already displayed on your PC screen. You have two options ........

1. Upgrade to the very capable iNavX iPad application, adding appropriate hardware and NMEA converters. Its a great application, but the overall cost is not insignificant, and of course you have to buy new charts again.

2. Use a simple 'remote desktop' application to connect the iPad to your existing PC chart plotting system.

Splashtop:

Splashtop 1 -  .. .   Click Here to view large photo

We've been using the Splashtop remote app on the iPad and can now view our PC screen from anywhere aboard Crystal Blues. The iPad app costs only $4.99, though you do also need a wifi router onboard. We have a small one made by D-Link, that runs directly off our vessel 12vdc power supply. To use the system you download and install the Splashtop app on your iPad (or iPhone!) and also download and install a small software module to your PC. Both processes are simple, and the applications well mannered. Then the fun begins - with the iPad connected to the boat wifi network, simply tap on the Splashtop app, select your computer and your PC desktop will appear on the iPad screen. Its very simple.

Splashtop 3 -  .. .   Click Here to view large photo

A range of controls are also available, so you can manipulate the PC software from the iPad screen, though this does take some getting used to. The image at left shows our Transas Navigator PC screen, viewed on the iPad. You can see the AIS target displayed.

Splashtop automatically controls your PC screen resolution to exactly match the iPad screen, so on the iPad the image is perfect.

This app also works over the cloud - if your boat PC is connected to the internet, Splashtop can display it from anywhere you have a network connection on the iPad. Of course it works with all of your PC applications - not just the navigation suite.

Splashtop 2 -  .. .   Click Here to view large photo

We now routinely use the iPad as our cockpit information tool, and can swap back and forth easily from our master Transas charts and information screen, to the Navionics screen. We can also simply swap to other apps - last week our grandson Harrison called in on Skype video - we were able to walk the deck and show him the boat under sail, moving north up the Thai coast. Quite a thrill for him and us.

To learn more about Crystal Blues and her crew, go to their website.

Did you like this article? Did you know that you can have all your non-competitive sailing news in one easy-read news magazine delivered direct to your inbox each week, simply by subscribing FREE to Sail-World Cruising? Stay up-to-date with what's happening on the water: everything from sailing adventures to new products, from rally news to new ideas and old tricks. Simply click here now!


by Neil and Ley Langford

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=106431

12:18 AM Sun 10 Feb 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:

10 Feb 2013  Cruising sailors and iPads - One tech-savvy cruising sailor tells
09 Feb 2013  The ten year sailing boat refit, and what to look for...
01 Feb 2013  Hatch Fan wins sailing innovation award
20 Jan 2013  Coming to a head - issues of onboard toilets
18 Jan 2013  Five top ways to remove stains from your boat
12 Jan 2013  New, the world's smallest Personal Locator Beacon.
11 Jan 2013  Consumer Electronics Show votes Bad Elf the best GPS device
08 Jan 2013  Keeping your fuel clean
04 Jan 2013  The argument for aluminium anodes: Time to be Green
01 Jan 2013  Looking Back: Sail-World's Ten Top Products for 2012
MORE STORIES ...






Cruising Canada









The final touch - which wax should I use on my boat? by Martin Flory/Sail-World Cruising,


ARC Baltic sets sail to discover Europe's 'east sea' by World Cruising Club/Sail-World,








Heart-stopping moment as whale capsizes Zodiac by Sail-World Cruising round-up,


If we stop killing parrotfish we can bring back Caribbean coral reefs by ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,


Climate change could stop fish finding their friends by ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,




















A Beer Bummel on the Thames River by Greg Nicoll with John Armstrong,






The North West Passage calls: Who will answer this year? by Douglas Pohl/Sail-World Cruising,


















Tips for selecting the best boatyard
Composite Rigging launches new campaign for ECsix
When is a Captain not a Captain?
Free app for managing your yacht
Amazing MOB survival - 13 hours floating, rescued by fishermen
Boater hit by lightning survives: 'It was the worst pain ever'
Inauguration of the new Yacht Club Monaco - Images by Carlo Borlenghi
Lessons for sailing clubs - how does YOURS rate?
Turkey's new cruising black/gray water rules, skipper qualifications
Giving up the luxuries of a life on land for Lizzy Belle
Dehler 46, 'serious' cruising boat, debuts July
SV Mystic to carry out OHPRI teen summer camps and voyages for adults
Australian rescuers get bravery medal for rescuing Russian sailor
Sailors and windfarms: Largest ever UK wind project approved
Cooking at Sea? Which cook book should I buy?
Fraudulent yacht broker gets jail for twelve months
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville joins Summer Sailstice
Boat buying scams and the Red Flags to watch for.
Retired yachting star to sail again - for the love of her boat
The mouse is roaring. Newport mooring owners don't want docks
Being a guest on someone's boat - 8 Tips to get you invited again   
Bounty sinking Coast Guard final report: rot, decay, low standards   
Carbon monoxide poisoning on boats - it keeps happening   
Own a romantic Skipjack for just $10,000   
Classics Rally in Falmouth - historic and spectacular this weekend   
New Polar Code for cruising in the high latitudes   
Croatia's sailing world comes of age   
Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2014 accommodation options   
Textbook sailing errors, but rescued by a passing windsurfer   
Caught sailing in Long Island Sound: The Charles W. Morgan   
Hoax distress caller for mythical yacht gets 3 months jail   
A dream in the making: The perfect (and affordable) cruising boat   
Good Samaritans Tossing A Towline: For Free or for Money?   
How to bail a boat without a bailer   
Pantaenius provides safety tracking for major events *Feature   
Know your charts and sail clear of deadly rocks and reefs!   
Remember, June 21 coming soon. Sail to save the sea this solstice   
Chance of a lifetime: One student a year to sail the Arctic   
Sailor makes new record for the longest laser sail in Asia   
Oakley Capital to buy North Sails Europe -merge with Norths Sails USA   


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 WAS Cru CA
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT