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Cheap Marine GPS Chart Plotter For iPhone & Smart Phones

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Now you can use your Smart Phone as an inexpensive Chart Plotter while on your boat or tender. I have been using the Navionics (http://www.navionics.com/en) iPhone App since 2010 and find it both accurate and highly convenient, especially while we are out on our inflatable dinghy. Filmed September, 2014. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Please remember to SUBSCRIBE to my Channel (https://www.youtube.com/BoatingWithBoogaboo) for hundreds of my original boating videos and to follow our latest boating adventures. New videos every week! +++ Join the husband and wife cruising & traveling couple - the 'Boogaboo Crew' - as we set sail to fun & adventure! Watch Hundreds of original Boating & Travel videos, find exclusive merchandise, join us on Facebook, read our Blog and much more, all at https://BoatingWithBoogaboo.com. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Be sure to follow along with all our adventures aboard Boogaboo, our 1998 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer - our fifth Sea Ray! I invite you to take a look at my ever expanding 'Sea Ray 330 Sundancer' Playlist for this boat here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKhjT5kr2l2H0GeaEMncQiW3yG9N6L6uQ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Before we had our 330 Sundancer, we enjoyed seven seasons aboard 'Boogaboo IV', a 1997 Sea Ray 400 DB. You watch all my videos from that vessel on the 'Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge' Playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKhjT5kr2l2FaABQJSn3VVqd6SN930ICt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - I have well over 150 original cruising videos from our travels along Ontario's 240 mile long Trent Severn Waterway (TSW). Follow along as we pass through dozens of picturesque lakes, rivers and canals, as well as 42 of the locks that make up the TSW in my 'Trent Severn Waterway Boat Cruising' Playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKhjT5kr2l2EFaPCqEgjxYofTvO9Mbh81 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Known as the best fresh water cruising grounds in the world, Georgian Bay is located in the heart of the Great Lakes and forms part of Lake Huron. Renowned for is rugged beauty, Georgian Bay has been attracting adventurous boaters for over a century, but it's rocky shoreline and challenging navigation routes are not for the faint hearted and must be approached with the greatest care and respect. I'm happy to share our own adventures through this inspiring area with my 'Georgian Bay Boating' Playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKhjT5kr2l2FDUSJ32njBNbTBkNmAS1S1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Be sure to visit us at https://BoatingWithBoogaboo.com/store to purchase your own Tee Shirts, Sweat Shirts, Mugs, Caps and much more, including exclusive 'Cruising The Trent Severn Waterway' feature DVD/Blu-ray that takes you from the beginning at 'Mile Zero' in Trenton, Ontario, and through to Port Severn at the north west end at Georgian Bay. Take in the beauty and adventure as we cruise all 240 miles of the highly diverse waterways and see the many wonders of the world's highest lift locks, take a ride over North America's only marine railway, visit the communities along the way and so much more! This 76 minute long production is also available as an instant digital download. Daily updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with unique content on each site! I don't recycle the same posts on all of my social media sites like many others do. Instead, I love to share beautiful, original boating content every day, on every site, so be sure to Follow along so you don't miss anything :-) Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/BoatingWithBoogaboo/ Twitter @ https://twitter.com/BoatingBoogaboo Instagram @ https://www.instagram.com/boating.with.boogaboo/ For even more boating fun, please visit my Trent Severn Waterway at http://TheWaterway.ca site that is full of information, stats and much more for that beautiful waterway. Follow along on Facebook for daily postings and updates for TheWaterway ++ Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/TheWaterway.ca ++ And remember to 'CLICK, COMMENT, LIKE & SHARE!!' * * * :-) * * *
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Sharon Barrett (2 months ago)
I found it too expensive for people on a fixed income like me on the old age pension. Especially since I only wanted for the odd river in Alberta, or lake in Sask.
Sailing Westward (4 months ago)
Beware of devices that use A-GPS. I use OpenCPN and Navionics with my Samsung Grand Prime Pro. https://youtu.be/fpXU_cTzVSM This phone costs about $100 and its GPS receiver has GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU, and SBAS support
Geeth Fernando (5 months ago)
This app can you with out SIM card signals I mean like deep waters
Geeth Fernando (5 months ago)
BoatsBeachesAndBars Thank you 😊
BoatingWithBoogaboo (5 months ago)
Hi. I use the app on an old iPhone, with no sim card and zero cell service or wifi. You will need service when initially setting it up though, but only to download the specific, detailed map info for the areas you would be cruising. After that, everything is stored on the phone 👍
NINI GROTH (10 months ago)
If your iPad has cellular slot, you can cross the Atlantic, you gps gonna be perfect. I did.
Gustavo Hidalgo (1 year ago)
Great tip, Just downloaded it the software so far so good just need to try on the water. South FL. Thank you
BoatingWithBoogaboo (1 year ago)
You are most welcome. I am now using it on our new #SeaDoo and it works great. I'll be posting a video on that soon, so keep an eye on my channel . . . And please keep beautiful South #Florida warm for us. We'll be back down there soon! Cheers, Paul.
Steven Baxter (1 year ago)
I found the link useless it goes to the navionics page which is an advertising page much more than an information page the map prices are ridiculous! and the web page is stupid to say the least Navionics seems to be a bit lost when it comes to providing basic information because they think the consumer already knows a lot about their products! Ignorant!
Nigel Donald (1 year ago)
App store or play store ;)
Steven Baxter (1 year ago)
Why do you need cell phone coverage if you are just wanting GPS reception?
BoatingWithBoogaboo (1 year ago)
You don't.
Carp Spudpicker (1 year ago)
I'm a bit lost. Do you need a cordless phone or will a regular one work? And what's the point once you leave port you will loose your phone line connection! Maybe use a long line or fancy transmitter set up?
BoatingWithBoogaboo (1 year ago)
A cell or WI-fi connection isn't needed. The charts are stored on the phone (ahead of time) and the only connection that is needed is to the GPS network.
Billyboy (1 year ago)
You saved me so much right now lol thanks
BoatingWithBoogaboo (1 year ago)
Nice! I'm going to posting a follow up video on how we use the Navionics app in the not too distant future, so stay tuned . . . Cheers, Paul.
denelson83 (1 year ago)
It's too bad CHS considers the Navionics smartphone app to be a VAR product, and thus not in compliance with the requirements under the Canada Shipping Act for onboard nautical charts.
BoatingWithBoogaboo (1 year ago)
+denelson83 Perhaps, but even though we have lots of modern technology onboard, I always carry backup paper charts for new cruising grounds.
gorfano (1 year ago)
Does this give me an idea of water depth ?
denelson83 (1 year ago)
BoatsBeachesAndBars There is a feature in Navionics called "Sonar charts" that provides more precise depth contours.
BoatingWithBoogaboo (1 year ago)
No, chartplotting only. For depth, one would need more hardware, including a transducer and reader.
IrvineLakeVideos (1 year ago)
I thought this was a tutorial video. Wasted my time.
BoatingWithBoogaboo (1 year ago)
Umm, never saw 'tutorial' in the title or description . .
RUDYAKAHALIBU77 (2 years ago)
ty buddy
Rob Gionet (2 years ago)
I use the Navionics app on my phone and on my tablet. My tablet does not have built in GPS, but there is a work around for that. I bought a external GPS unit, and downloaded an app that will read the GPS signal and turn it into a data streamsend the data to yoru map app . The app is called You are Here GPS and is available on the Google Play store. You run this little app in the backgrond, then open the Navionics app ( or whatever map app you normally would use ) and the GPS sends the data to the Navionics app. It works flawlessly. here is the link to a web site on how to do what i am talking about .http://mapsnmaps.blogspot.ca/2014/02/using-external-usb-gps-with-android.html I bought the external GPS on Amazon.ca for $35.00, You also forgot to mention in your video that the Navionics app does not use data or wifi. It works off-line. The only time you need wifi is to initially download the desired charts. Once they are saved on your phone you do not need a wifi signal or data to use the app. Caution, the charts do take up a lot of memory on your device so only download the charts you will need. It's a wonderful app and even got me safely back to the marina one evening when the fog rolled in unexpectedly
BoatingWithBoogaboo (2 years ago)
Great insights for those without GPS access. And the article is very informative with a good walk-through of the product setup. I'm sure there's lots of tablet users who will find this most helpful. Cheers, Paul.
Edited Name (2 years ago)
good luck using ur phone gps on off shore.. ok. i work on off shore for 23 yr on a big shrimping boat. I been all over the Gulf Of Mexico for 23 yr with my phone. Roam and roam ok
Nigel Donald (1 year ago)
Nobody should do blue water sailing without paper charts & be able to do it all manually
Nigel Donald (1 year ago)
Your phone GPS still works without mob/cell coverage
BoatingWithBoogaboo (2 years ago)
Good to know! Thank you :-)
No Say (2 years ago)
I use Navionics on an iPad. One thing you have to remember is that once you're off shore, it won't work. Apple devices DO NOT use gps. They triangulate and plot you location based on the distance from cell masts not from the gps network. I use a gps module that you need made by Bad Elf so it works with the actual gps network. Many are fooled by the so called smart phone gps.
Sailing Westward (4 months ago)
I crossed the Atlantic with an iPhone as backup, and the GPS worked the entire way. The support from Apple is shocking though and their devices are overpriced. So for budget sailors like myself, I suggest you check this link as an alternative to iPhone: https://youtu.be/fpXU_cTzVSM This phone costs about $100 and its GPS receiver has GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU, and SBAS support. Mine runs Navionics and OpenCPN
Alan J (9 months ago)
I've used Navionics on an Android tablet (Sony), west coast of Scotland. It does not need mobile (cell) coverage, as my tablet is not connected to any phone signal, even if there was coverage - it works off the inbuilt GPS. I use it as a back-up to my Raymarine system, but the guy I bought my boat from used an i-Pad which had built-in GPS as his primary navigation system.
Steven Baxter (1 year ago)
omg  are you saying this guy is a tosser?
GEC s.r.l. (2 years ago)
Probably you have an iPad WiFi that has NOT a GPS inside. We develop the Aqua Map product and I can assure you 100% that iPad with GPS does not require any cell. It can be used OFFLINE without any problem.
No Say (2 years ago)
+BoatsBeachesAndBars Yes, it is a small plug in device. They make two versions. One for the 30 pin and one for the later lightning connection. I've also had to buy the Navionics maps for my region as once out of internet range you need them saved on the device. If you do a search for 'Bad Elf gps' you'll find them. All that being said, the system works really well. It can take a couple of minutes to find the satellites at first from cold, but once it's locked on, it works really well. The maps of almost instantaneous once loaded too. I still prefer paper maps, but the system is great for general reference.
Dick Hilten, van (2 years ago)
I like it so far..!
BoatingWithBoogaboo (2 years ago)
We used the app quite a bit when aboard our #dinghy in #GeorgianBay. A great tool when venturing through the many small bays! Cheers, Paul.
Nelson Gilbert (2 years ago)
iNavX. Fugawi.
Nelson Gilbert (2 years ago)
iNavX is the smartphone app portion
BoatingWithBoogaboo (2 years ago)
Yes, I used to use Fugawi, years ago, on my laptop. Worked good for the time, but not sure if they offer that in a smart phone application??
Fábio Secanho (2 years ago)
Looks like the app for boating is no longer available for iOS. Only for ski and biking/hiking.
BoatingWithBoogaboo (2 years ago)
+Fábio Florestal Cool! Glad to see it back in circulation.Thanks for the head's up :-)
Fábio Secanho (2 years ago)
The app is available at App Store!!
BoatingWithBoogaboo (2 years ago)
+Fábio Florestal Please do. Thanks.
Fábio Secanho (2 years ago)
+BoatsBeachesAndBars I'll let you know when it's available again! 
BoatingWithBoogaboo (2 years ago)
+Fábio Florestal No, thank you for letting us know the status of the app. It was a good one and I hope they get it happening again soon.
Gregory Simmons (2 years ago)
thank you sir, planning on renting a sailboat later this year and was advised to get a handheld GPS unit. I didn't even think my smart phone could suffice for a day sail for a fraction of the cost allowing to invest in some battery extending devices. Thanks for the money saving tip!
Gregory Simmons (2 years ago)
+BoatsBeachesAndBars excellent, I'll be in a 19' Cape Dory Typhoon, just for a day or two around the Merchant Islands and Deer Isle Thoroughfare off the coast of ME. This solution will work just fine for the two days I'm there. Once I'm sailing more frequently in my home waters of Lake Ontario l'll upgrade to a better GPS solution. Keep the videos coming, I enjoy your expertise and opinions.
BoatingWithBoogaboo (2 years ago)
+Gregory Simmons Navionics is the app I was using in my video and it worked perfectly. I had initially bought it for my phone for the times when we would go out on our dinghy through the backwaters of #GeorgianBay (see my Playlist here; https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKhjT5kr2l2FDUSJ32njBNbTBkNmAS1S1) and it always brought us home, so to speak.  Problem is that when I upgraded my phone, the app was no longer supported, so I would have had to pay for a new one, but never bothered. . .  Pretty much all areas of Canada & the US should be covered and I believe you purchase the area you would be #boating in. Don't worry, the coverage for each areas is very wide - we had most of the north eastern North American waters on my version. All depths would be included, by default. Not much good without that aspect ;-)
Gregory Simmons (2 years ago)
+BoatsBeachesAndBars I think I understand you, I meant using the Navionics app on my smart phone. Assuming the chart area I'm looking for is available, is that sufficient? I also saw a review of Navionics+ that includes depth information as well, I plan to upgrade to that version as well. Thanks for the feedback.
BoatingWithBoogaboo (2 years ago)
+Gregory Simmons Glad you liked this video, Gregory. Keep in mind that for a smart phone - or any GPS unit for that matter - to be effective on the water for navigation, one MUST also use some sort of navigation software. Your phone mapping software (Google Maps, etc.) work great (withing cell service range), but they do not include vital information for #boaters such as water depths and aids to navigation. Just be sure to have the right combination for a safe voyage . . . Have fun on the water & Happy Boating! Cheers, Paul.
mick beta (3 years ago)
Every try OpenSeaMap .... very interesting OpenCPN www.openseamap.org
Jason Hart (3 years ago)
Great video. One question: Do I have to have internet service on the tablet in order to use the GPS navigation feature? I am new to all of this so I may not be using the correct jargon. I am in Florida; and I want to use a tablet to navigate the Intracoastal Waterway Markers at night. I do not plan to get internet service for the tablet.
BoatingWithBoogaboo (3 years ago)
+Bob Simmons Sounds good, Bob. YEs, I'd love to hear how you make out with it!
Jason Hart (3 years ago)
+BoatsBeachesAndBars My research thus far tells me that I do not need WIFI to plot my position. I just need to download the maps first; and then the GPS in the tablet will plot my position. I have ordered my tablet. Once I receive it and set it up, I will try to let you know for sure that it works offline.
BoatingWithBoogaboo (3 years ago)
+Bob Simmons Depe3nding on the software you use for the plotting program, you might be able to get away with data service on your phone. To tell you the truth, I've never been without data on my phone - even when traveling into the U.S. - so I couldn't tell you for sure if it worked on mine without it :-/ Sorry I don't have a more definitive answer. . . I'd check online with the different providers to discover your solution. Feel free to let us know how you make out! Cheers, Paul.
Jules Fairfax (3 years ago)
Very wonderful!
BoatingWithBoogaboo (3 years ago)
+Jules Fairfax Thanks! Hope it helps you out. Cheers, Paul.
Scott Horslin (4 years ago)
Agreed...I have the Navionics set-up on my Iphone, and use it while running the Seadoo. The only issue I've found was battery power/life for sustained use, while not plugged in. It certainly works flawlessly as an app! We hung out on Paul's docks at Henry's, this past Thanksgiving, (well past him being closed for the season...there was NO one!), while waiting out the fog, on our Seadoo run to Parry Sound. Battery died while enroute... Clearly, I'll have to install a power port.

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