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About SailNDive

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    boynton beach, fl
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    Sailing, diving, Spearfishing, hiking

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  1. We are headed over to the Bahamas soon and figured we should update our charts since it's been a while. Ran across this article:`M Apparently Navionics has done a ton of updates in the Bahamas including incorporating charts from another chart company (which Navionics bought) that focused only on the Bahamas and Caribbean. Looks like lots of updates in the outislands too, which is always helpful. Also saw that the reefs are now showing as jagged edges so it's easier to recognize them as reefs. Cool cool! Glad it's easier to see that now.
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    PC/Mac integration with B&G H5000

    Agree with Miles. You can set up routes, mark waypoints, etc using the Navionics app on your phone or tablet and then use plotter sync to get the waypoints and/or routes onto the chartplotter. Here is a little clip on it :
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    Clipper wreck report

    Quite right spyderpig. Indeed, phones and tablets that have internal GPS (or have cell capability) do NOT require a cell tower to triangulate your location. You can use the Navionics app to follow you just like a full-blown chartplotter would, no matter if you have cell or wifi reception.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    FYI, there is a wind layer available in the Navionics app. Info here: How to enable wind layer: From inside the Navionics app click menu, click weather and tides, click wind. This will enable wind vectors on top of the chart and give you a play by play forecast.
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    Recommend snorkeling spots near marathon

    I'd definitely update my charts if going anywhere in the Keys or South Florida. There were a lot of changes after the hurricanes last year.
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    E-nav on the cheap

    We've used many of the navigation programs and we always end up back with Navionics. We use it throughout the US, Caribbean, Bahamas, and more. It is about $50 (depending on the chart area you purchase) for iPad version (called HD for high definition, which are optimized for the larger screen). Totally worth it. It comes with lots of features like SonarChart (super detailed contours which is great for anchoring, fishing, diving, etc), autorouting (you tell it where to start and where you want to go and enter your boat draft and it suggests a route for you), weather, tides, fishing and dive spots marked and lots more. You get a lot of features for your money. If you want to check out the charts in your area you can use the online viewer here:
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    Cruising Instruments

    No matter what you decide I'd suggest that you have a backup GPS (with or without zoom problems). We use Navionics app on our tablet. It works wonders and has most of the same capabilities as an actual chartplotter. Great deal for the money. Here's some info about it if needed:
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    E-nav on the cheap

    If you have cell capability you have an internal GPS, fyi, so Navionics will follow you perfectly
  9. Has anyone been sailing in the Keys and/or South Florida in the last couple weeks? There have been a lot of updates on the Navionics charts very recently that are now showing a lot of the changes that occurred during the hurricanes last year. I noticed a bunch of updates to the Navionics charts just in the last week or two. If you're sailing that area I'd suggest updating your charts... stay safe out there! Anyone notice changes also? What changes have you noticed?
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    Work Outing in South Florida

    Anywhere in South restrictions
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    Work Outing in South Florida

    My work wants to sponsor a sailing and fishing outing for about 30 people in November in South Florida. Needs to be a location that's easy to get to both sailing and fishing and has hotels... Any suggestions?
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    Compass headings on board comparison

    Yep, iPad is often used as backup to chartplotter, though it depends on your needs.
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    Compass headings on board comparison

    Interesting... so kinda like having Google maps set an alarm off if the phone loses GPS signal, you'd want the phone to set an alarm off if the phone lost GPS signal while Navionics is running?
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    Compass headings on board comparison

    Interesting thought that Navionics is dangerous because of GPS signal not triggering an alarm. Most people use Navionics chips in their chartplotter. Navionics gives you the chart data. Alarms and other actions are usually part of the chartplotter software, fyi
  15. When we were cruising in St. Martin we heard that the entry into Simpson Bay could be pretty hairy.... check out the chart and the number of shipwrecks here! Apparently this area is known for piling up sailboats. So we followed some advice of a seasoned local sailor and followed a charter captain in. When we followed him in we turned on our tracking in Navionics so that our trip was tracked. We could easily follow the track in and out from then on! To track your trip in Navionics just open your Navionics app and click Start at the bottom. A yellow line will be created on the chart that marks where you've been. You can save this track and follow it again later. Very useful in sketchy areas!