What I'd really like is some software to replace my ships log while traveling. So something that will log my GPS position every hour or so as well as the other NMEA data coming in (which for me includes depth, wind speed & direction, sea temp, COG, SOG, bearing (magnetic), etc -- yes I have a NMEA junction box and mux that gets all of this data to the PC.
Does anyone have software that does this? I've played with ships log software from crystalsoft and there are a few problems with it (a) it doesn't share the serial port with the charting software (SO
so it can't read from the GPS unless I shut down SOB, and (
it doesn't store the wind or any other NMEA data either. Because of the serial port contention issue, you'd need to have trip logging software built into your charting software, or some that could read the logs output by the charting software (which in the case of SOB is just a flat text file on the disk containing all of the NMEA strings, easy enough).
Unfortunately requests to the SOB folks to add a logging module and requests to the crystalsoft folks to import better NMEA data have fallen on deaf ears.
I'm considering Open Pilot under Linux as at least that's open source and I can make the changes myself.