Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Navigation aids

Ting-a-Ling is not yet equipped with a GPS receiver or a chartplotter; hopefully one day she will. The only navigation aid on the boat is a bulkhead compass.. However, at our last trip Peter brought his hand-held Garmin GPS receiver so we had the luxury of knowing where we were, our bearing and speed. Not that we really needed to know all this while sailing on the Crouch but it was a nice-to-have thing. Having never really used a navigation device before I was very impressed with Peter's GPS.  I quite liked the fact that you could have all that information at hand very easily.

So I bought an iPhone app that kind of does the same thing. It's from Navionics, includes charts for UK, North France, Belgium and Holland and was only £15! You can see a snapshot of the app in the pictue showing the entrance to Cowes. Now I can do some proper passage planning, although it is not advisable to rely solely on this app for this purpose. But I may leave the actual passage for after the coachroof repairs.. get feed

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