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Get Onboard with E-Charting

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So you want to plot a course while watching Google Earth, monitoring fuel efficiency, geo-referencing digital photos, checking the weather, tracking the tide and reading a cruiser’s forum to find a good dinner spot? There’s an app for that. In fact, there are hundreds of apps for all of that.

Where once you had to combine information from cruising guides, almanacs, weather stations and charts, you can now do it all from one convenient location: your laptop. But with so many programs out there, it’s hard to know where to begin. Mark and Diana Doyle’s “complete reference guide to electronic charting and PC-based marine navigation” can help you make the switch to digital. For two years, the authors reviewed swaths of PC-based marine navigation software and hardware, checked it against 183 metrics and created this guide as a summary of the best of what’s out there. “Every e-user is different and will find success in a different combination of products, but no matter what you use, e-charting is the way of the future,” says Mark Doyle. Whether you’re a nautical geek looking for the final touch, or a die-hard paper chart navigator considering your first e-chart product, this book has an idea for you.

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