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Author Topic: In search of ... maritime chart software  (Read 1918 times)


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In search of ... maritime chart software
« on: August 24, 2012, 11:41 PM »
Considering the depth and breadth of knowledge available here, there almost has to be at least one mariner/sailor.

So, here's the problem (may be TL;DR material).

A close friend of mine has a sailing school (if you look at the site, don't blame him, that's my fault), and he's pretty damned good at teaching folk to sail.  He's been sailing for 'bout twenty (20) years, teaching for seven (7) to ten (10) years (I'm not certain, but at least seven (7)), and started his own school two (2) years ago. He wants a tablet/laptop chart viewer/plotter.  It could be Android, iOS, Linux (other than Android but installable on a tablet) or Windows.  We can test everything but the Apple stuff right now, but he's not averse to getting an iPad if that will support the required software.

NOAA provides coastal US charts in both RNC (raster format) and ENC (vector format).  RNC is OK for viewing, but it does not scale well.  ENC, with the proper software, can be edited, e.g., plot courses, track GPS coordinates, and the like.  Capt. Chris wants to be able to enter, or ideally, let his students enter, courses they've plotted for a class (the plotting is pen/paper/ruler/divider stuff) on a tablet or laptop, then let them be able to see their progress, via GPS or compass and clock, during the sail.  This would serve multiple purposes, e.g., a sense of time/distance relationships, ability to hold a course (not as simple as it might appear when you're not on the boat in open ocean or a good-sized bay (which ours is)), and the like.  If it's something that can be done on a tablet, he'll mount the tablet on a bulkhead, so his kids can see real-time reinforcement (or need for correction) of what they've plotted.

I've found some [marginal] stuff, but a lot of it is CLI, and most of Chris' students will be much more comfortable with something GUI.  It has become evident that my search skills are inadequate to the task, so I'm turning to the uber searchers.

Any takers?


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Re: In search of ... maritime chart software
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2012, 01:44 AM »
OpenCPN ?

cover.pngIn search of ... maritime chart software

  • BSBv3 raster and S57 ENC chart support.
  • CM93 vector chart support, with per cell offset corrections.
  • IHO S52 compliant display of S57 vector charts.
  • "BSB4" and "nv-chart" support through plugins.
  • Single-chart and Quilted display modes.
  • North-up, Course-up and Chart-up display modes.
  • Moving-map display mode.
  • Route navigation with ship tracking functions.
  • Waypoint navigation.
  • Dashboard for configurable on-screen display of ship's NMEA data.
  • NMEA 0183 GPS interface at selectable baud rate.
  • OpenGL support for enhanced performance on modern hardware.
  • gpsd library support.
  • Autopilot output support.
  • AIS input with full target tracking and collision alerting.
  • AIS support for SART, DSC and GPSGate Buddies.
  • Anchor watch/alarm functions.
  • GRIB file input and display for weather forecasting.
  • GPX Waypoint, Track and Route input and output file support.
  • Route planning with tidal support.
  • GPX Layers for annotation of charts.
  • Tide and Current prediction and display by location.
  • A growing number of plugins. Google Earth, World Magnetic Variation, Voyage Data Recorder, AIS -radar and a LogBook.
  • Multi-language support.

FYI section:
Search: windows marine chart plotter
Gave: Free Open Chart Plotter -> OpenCPN
« Last Edit: August 25, 2012, 03:19 AM by 4wd »


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Re: In search of ... maritime chart software
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2012, 06:32 AM »
The largest systems are ECDIS: https://en.wikipedia...d_Information_System

But probably an ECS would be better: https://duckduckgo.c...tronic+Chart+Systems

I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for. Might be useful to look into though.

I can't recommend any systems though.

(I did some work for a military contractor about 10 years ago, and they made these systems, but it was a long time ago, and I don't remember everything.)

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