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Old 05-07-2008, 06:35 PM   #1
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Greetings to All,

We've just returned from a two month Farewell Tour and are in final preparation of throwing away our dock lines within coming weeks.

I broke-down and purchased a new laptop with massive ammounts of memory & hard drive capacity... and I'm hoping some of you will give me an idea of some good navigation / communication programs currently available. My old computer has a global selection of C-Map charts to display but no program to interact with them.




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Old 05-07-2008, 07:11 PM   #2
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Others will likely have more complete solutions for you, but have you checked out the free SeaClear program? I know/suspect you're going out of US waters, but the free downloads of NOAA charts from NOAA are awesome, you may want to set up a hefty download before you leave a high-speed internet access area just to have those US charts to use with SeaClear.

We have two programs on the computer, I don't recall the name of the other and the laptop isn't here right now.. I'll ask my husband later.

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Old 05-07-2008, 08:29 PM   #3
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I use Raytech 6.0 which can communicate with all my Raymarine devices. It makes it possible to use several types of chart software. I use Navionics on the E-80 and C-Map on my laptop.

Review here:


I used Raytech 5.0 for years and had lots of issues with it. I agree with the article and believe they finally got it right now...for the most part.

Also, a nice piece of software that is written by a guy in Brazil for Celestial Navigation called Navigator can be downloaded here..


I really like this software!
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