An App for the Paperless Mariner
If you own a boat, odds are you’d love a way to get those old paper charts on your mobile device – especially if you want to update your position in real time. The good people at GPSNavX have just the thing: a navigation app for the iPad and iPhone.
Called iNavX, the $49.99 app is expensive, but it includes the ability to download official charts from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and is compatible with several models of GPS equipment.
The fact that the maps are downloaded is key: there is no Internet connection, wireless or otherwise, needed once the map is on the device. That not only means no roaming charges, but when a satellite phone connection isn’t there you won’t be lost.
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