Marine: Australia & New Zealand HD
Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.Marine: Australia & New Zealand HD,
Age Rating: 4+
Navionics Marine HD for iPad is a great tool for navigators. It still doesn’t negate the need for paper charts but the level of detail is easy to zoom into, and the app is user-friendly. If you’re a bareboat skipper in the Whitsunday Islands, a fisherman or a boating enthusiast, this application is for you.
The charts available in this version are for coastal Australia and New Zealand – in high definition – with a whole host of ski, bike & trail and marine charts also available for all over the globe.
I have found this application very helpful when acting as a navigator on a racing yacht. I have used it during races to plot distances on the go and plot course waypoints using the ‘Route’ toggle.
The Track feature takes the actual plot and records it for you. Tapping on the track will bring up the cross hair; tap the ‘?’ and you will get start time, end time, total distance travelled and average and maximum speeds.
Where the GPS signal is poor you will see a dotted line, so as long as you have Wi-Fi or 3G reception this application will function well.
I find the distance toggle handy as well. This gives you a compass bearing and distance to go between two pins – the red pin is the starting point and the green the ending point – so for long distances or in reduced visibility you can give the helmsman a bearing to steer to.
Navionics HD has a host of other features, such as marina information, VHF marine channels and the ability to change units of measure. You can even capture geo-tagged pictures (iPad 2). I have just touched on a few here that most of we boaties would use.
The charts’ HD graphics are just as good as the most expensive marine GPS systems I’ve seen – these babies are worth around $7000 to $15,000 for the top-quality graphic screens, and what you have here is a $46 app that’s equal to it!
Interestingly, a friend of mine in New Zealand is racing a 120nm race, so I plotted the projected course on the NZ chart and sent him the screen shot. He shot me down and said he has been using the app for ages.Marine: Australia & New Zealand HD,