The Navionics phone app.

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Post by richg99 » 02 Jul 2016, 07:36

I have an android phone, but I am certain that the same app is available for iPhones, too. For $10.00 a year, it is amazing how much depth and contour data is on the app.

Takes a bit to learn how to use it, but you can practise from your easy chair. If you don't already have it, I suggest you, at least, download the trial copy and check out all of the local waters that are covered.

Areas that I NEVER thought would be on there show up with details of bottom changes that will be helpful.

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Post by sunshine » 02 Jul 2016, 08:30

I love it, especially since I fish a lot of intracoastal stuff, you can download areas for offline use as well if you can't get service where you are going to be. It shows channels, public reefs, markers, some attractions/businesses on the water, some speed zones. Pretty awesome.

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Post by richg99 » 02 Jul 2016, 15:40

I did receive a warning, on another site, that this app uses a lot of data.

Here is an independent review of the app. richg99

http://sailing.about.com/od/SailingApps ... id-App.htm

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Post by Catch Release Repeat » 02 Jul 2016, 20:31

So I found this app about two weeks ago and thought wow what a deal. So I downloaded it, was very impressed, downloaded it on my iPad mini and bought an awesome ram mount to for my console. Went out to fish a morning tourney and my iPad kept telling me I was in the gulf of guenea off the coast of Africa and would t find my actual location! I was lucky however it worked fine finding my location on my phone and was able to use that.


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Post by richg99 » 02 Jul 2016, 23:22

Hmmmm. Do you need a Data connection and does your pad have a wireless connection without wifi access?

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Post by Catch Release Repeat » 03 Jul 2016, 09:39

I turned on the mobile hot spot on my phone so that the iPad was running off my phones data.


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Post by richg99 » 03 Jul 2016, 12:35

Sure sounds like it should have worked . Did you hit the little icon on the bottom left? That icon is the location finder. It is just below the three nested bowls icon.

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Post by enginerd » 03 Jul 2016, 13:28

Catch Release Repeat wrote:Went out to fish a morning tourney and my iPad kept telling me I was in the gulf of guenea off the coast of Africa and would t find my actual location!
This sounds like a GPS issue, the Gulf of Guinea happens to be the intersection of the prime meridian and the equator. Thus if your GPS coordinates are getting null values (zeros), that's where you're going to be. I'm not very iPad literate, but I'd check to see if your GPS is disabled.

I haven't tried this app myself yet, but it seems great and I'll probably be downloading it soon. It uses the free NOAA charts, which is always a plus for me. Do you know if it displays both RNCs (raster charts) or just the ENCs (electronic navigational charts)? Even though they're just "dumb" images of the paper chart, I like RNCs because I can easily correlate with an actual paper chart.
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Post by Catch Release Repeat » 03 Jul 2016, 13:44

Thanks I didn't know that I'll check that out!! In terms of which charts you can switch between the government charts and the Navinics charts. They do not overlay each other or split screen it's one or the other.


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Post by richg99 » 03 Jul 2016, 13:51

This review discusses which type of charts. It appeared to me that the charts are the lower quality ones, but plenty fine for my useage. richg99

http://sailing.about.com/od/SailingApps ... id-App.htm

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Post by enginerd » 03 Jul 2016, 15:42

richg99 wrote:lower quality ones
Just read the review and it appears that it only offers the ENCs. I should point out that the reviewer is incorrect in his assertion that the vector charts are lower quality or have less information; they actually have far more information. If you're a USCG inspected vessel and you want to go paperless (i.e. not use official paper charts and just use electronic navigation systems), then you have to use an ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) with the ENCs.

I'm going to geek out over nautical charts now, so feel free to disregard (I used to work for NOAA making charts):

The raster chart is essentially just a picture of the paper chart that is geo-referenced. A "dumb" chart as it were. As you zoom in the image gets bigger and as you zoom out, the image gets smaller. There is also no additional information with the chart.

The ENC or vector chart, by contrast, is a smart chart and is far more interactive. Point features (like rocks, wrecks, and obstructions) and lines are individual features that are select-able with lots of information on particular features. With a vector chart, as you zoom in and out, everything scales appropriately (e.g. if you zoom into an area the soundings can get denser and more features can be displayed that would be confusing and jumbled at a smaller scale). You can turn on and off labels or other features, display specific depth curves (e.g. if you draw 3-ft you could highlight the 3-ft depth curve to know to say outside that line), issue warnings if you cross into an area you designated as off limits, and a host of other cool features. I don't know if the Navionics App allows you to do any of this since I haven't played with it, but the functionality is there in the ENC.

You can also read more about the differences at the NOAA website (http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/ ... C_ENC.html).
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Post by bird35 » 04 Jul 2016, 11:12

I love this app. I can scout an area before I fish and then use the app to find the spots I found.

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Post by perchjerker » 06 Jul 2016, 12:34

I have had it for a while now

as long as you download maps while you are on a wifi connection (like at home before you head to the lake) it doesn't use much data at all

once its on your phone thats it. No real data use after that

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Post by richg99 » 06 Jul 2016, 13:21

Good advice. Thanks
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Post by onthewater102 » 06 Jul 2016, 13:28

Don't navigate by it though - I found two maps for lakes up in CT that were WILDLY wrong - showing deep channel areas that are actually semi-submerged rock piles.

The rest of the lakes I've used it for seem to be pretty close to what's depicted on the charts.
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