Houseboat Navigation Charts - use iPhone GPS software on house boats
Houseboat Navigation Charts with iPhone GPS marine applications
When it comes your houseboat and navigation charts, you can now use the iPhone GPS with marine software to chart and plot your trips on your house boats. When you consider the huge market share that the iPhone has, it just seems natural that many folks want to use it to plan and plot their trips and voyages.
Now don't get me wrong, a full fledge chart-plotter, or a laptop notebook computer with marine navigation software does wonders to provide the captain with the tools and information to navigate a safe and pleasant course, but sometimes the size and flexibility of a small pocket sized device just makes more sense.
Since my wife and I teach boating classes with the Power Squadron, we tend to cover all the basics about paper charts and how to read, plot, calculate and understand the basics about marine navigation. However, since the advent of GPS, and the low cost of units, we also recommend to folks to look into getting a unit for their boats.
If you have ever run aground and sustained some damage, you know how much it can cost, and considering the low price of GPS units today, it just doesn't make sense anymore not to use all the tools and technology available to us all. If
it saves you from just one hull / grounding incident, it can justify itself quickly.
Now to get a great overview of how the iPhone and Marine Software have advanced, you can see a complete review of all the software and programs available at Panbo - a review of iPhone marine applications.
I know that I personally use my iPhone with a few of the marine applications to pinpoint my location for safe travels, finding a favorite fishing hole, or simply to explore the surroundings in my dinghy. Than again, I like my techie toys :)
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, hopefully some of our readers who are using an iPhone for navigation on their houseboats will share and post comments about their experiences. Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found near the bottom of this page.
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