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    Marine Navigation Software available?

    Hello
    Can anyone shed light on the subject of marine navigation (yachting) software that will run well under Linux esp ubuntu?

    This would be fantastic. I have been through the linux 'terrestrial' stuff which appears to all be land based GPS mapping for use in cars. We would really like something that replaces Maxsea (french) or Nobeltech or the host of other clunky windows programs. The australians do some good windows ones. The main criterion would be to read into the linux platform the relevant and various windows based maps /charts of the oceans and coast.

    any help appreciated!

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    Re: Marine Navigation Software available?

    gpsdrive?

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    Re: Marine Navigation Software available?

    yes, thanks Warlock, GPSDrive is the the kind of program -but it is not suitable itself - The programs- such as Maxsea -ones for use on ships and yachts are quite different- the source mapping is of the coast and ocean areas. Proper Longitude and Latitude coordinates are displayed. It is altogether more sophisticated and is a different target market to automobile users. The GPS technology / link is of course the same, however,

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    Re: Marine Navigation Software available?

    what else, how about opencn

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    Re: Marine Navigation Software available?

    thanks warlock, however could you give a little more detail who is 'pushing' openCPN ( i finally realised it is CPN not CN)- ie: what are the next priorities in terms making the software the best

    for everyone here are links to some of the more popular windows packages that we use - although the latest versions try and do far too much with automatic weather and tide mapping and so on - just a good solid GPS tracking on standard C-Map format tiles - with some vector overlay and good accurate coordinate editing are all we need - on a stable platform and dead easy menus (for use at sea!,,,dont want your mouse flailing around all over the place! (these are the problems with these now complicated suites)

    Nobeltech http://cms.nobeltec.com/CMS/Products...e/Admiral.aspx
    MAXSEA (french) http://www.maxsea-shop.co.uk/ WWW.maxsea.fr
    SOB Australia / UK http://www.digiboat.com/
    NEPTUNE http://www.neptune-navigation.com/C-Map.htm

    general navigation software links
    http://www.waypoints.com/navsoftware.html

    native format C-Map
    http://ww1.jeppesen.com/main/corpora...ightmarine/gb/ (www.C-Map.com)
    http://www.psc-cavers.org/psc/cmapsoftware.html
    http://www.fugro-pelagos.com/cmap.asp C-MAP /ESRI

    and older (CM93) copies described together with openCPN
    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...rts-26656.html

    but i am going to now try openCPN as has been suggested
    http://opencpn.org/drupal/installing_opencpn

    ...SO my remaining wish is.....a basic fast operating package...that reads readily and without conversion the major chart file formats...but ALSO allows easy re-adjustment of individual chart tiles in geo space. The reason for this is it is common to find the tiles are out by up to a mile. This is simply dangerous. It will be great to have proper control of the virtual world we are driving our ships around! thanks in advance

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