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    Looking to upgrade my standard horizon 180 chart plotter that is very basic with not much detail. I am asking for suggestions to upgrade with a c-map or is there iPad/laptop software that shows high detail for South Central(Kachemak, PWS, Resurrection) at the best price?

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    I have been running the Rose Point software on my laptop in the boat for a couple years now and really like it. I will usually put the big picture on the laptop and view the close details on the Furuno. I believe the software and the GPS that connects into the usb port of the laptop was in the $300-350 range and the detail is pretty good. I also love having that bigger screen to look while navigating that folds out of the way when not needed.
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    I've been real happy with my Cap't Navigation software

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    Ebbtide, thanks for the comment. I looked at the software and seem much more comprehensive than I currently have. I do like the aspect of the bigger screen, which is one reason, but also to have more detail. Thanks again.

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    Kbarnes, Is this an app or windows compatible software. It seems there are several choices with that name. Thanks.

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    I am a big fan of Navionics Sonarcharts. They are super detailed bathymetric charts. Some chart plotters are now equipped with wifi that can broadcast to your tablet/ipad, get one that takes a Navionics card like Raymarine.

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    Not exactly sure if I'm clear what your asking but I have Raymarine and Navionics and use my iPad at the aft station for a second monitor either using Rayview App or Raycontrol App. Works for me and more options and details than I've had time to master.

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    I have used the Garmin Blue Chart app for the iPad. I really liked the detail that it provided. Much better than the CMap card in my Furuno unit. I believe that the app was free and I just purchased the chart package that I wanted. Less than fifty bucks if I remember correctly. You need to make sure you have the internal GPS or purchase an external one and have a way to charge it. The app really uses up the battery fast.
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    I have been using iPilot on my iPad as my primary means of navigation for over five years now; it's fast, accurate and user friendly. As Spoiled One said, the app was free, just have to purchase the chart area that you want, which updates and corrects itself every few months. I have been thinking of trying out Navionics this year ( http://www.navionics.com/en/sonarchart )- it is a HD bathymetry map, so it corrects itself to what your fish finder or depth finder tells it, if they are connected/'talk'. I plan on using my current fish finder, which uses NMEA 0183, and the Sonar Server ( http://sonarserver.com ) to link them wirelessly... technology is wild.
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    I'm using the Navionics HD on my phone and on an Ipad to back up the Garmin plotter. I prefer the Navionics charting.


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