Sunday, April 25, 2010

MacENC Instruments on iPad with iNavX

Instruments repeated on iNavX from MacENC
The reviews of iNavX have been mixed. Some have said that it is too complicated or too costly. I've found that it is the correct application for my job--repeating MacENC NMEA data to my iPad.
MacENC Instruments (in simulation mode)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Beth's iPhone Chart: Bonaire to Ponce

Beth brought her iPhone as her main navigational aid. The upper screenshot shows waypoints on a wide scale (89nm). The lower screenshot shows the approach to Ponce (scale 2.1nm). The Navionics app shows waypoints and tracks easily, but doesn't show simple speed, direction, or Lan/Lon as well.

Bonaire to Ponce, PR

Ponce Approach

Friday, April 23, 2010

Beth's Caribbean Adventure

Beth missed her flight from Chicago to Atlanta, but finally got to Bonaire through Houston. Unfortunately, her luggage did not find her for 2 days--just minutes before she and fellow crew set sail for the 350 nm cruise to Ponce, PR.

Waves were an issue at the start, but the sea settled during the 3-day passage. As you can see, Beth was able to smile 2/3 of the way to Ponce.

Monday, April 19, 2010

First Bridge

It's an exciting time of the year on the Chicago River when the bridges begin raising to allow boats access to Lake Michigan. Although Speakeasy is not ready to go in for a few weeks, I was at the yard early on Saturday and caught the image of boats eager to get under the Amtrak elevator bridge--a genuine antique.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Waiting for the postman to deliver my iPad

Thanks to a great Easter crew, Speakeasy's bottom is ready for paint. I don't have to do that until I return from Atlanta next week.

Because Beth and I went auto cruising to New Buffalo and South Haven harbors on Saturday, I missed the postman trying to deliver my iPad. Drats. Panbo had his hands on one in Boston on Saturday and brought up the issue of support for external Blutooth GPS. Since this is part of my plan for my iPad, I want to try this out. Don't missing the comments of Panbo's blog article.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The PC Officially Died Today | The New Republic

The iPad reviews are out and very positive--giddy even. Is the PC dead?  Surely that is an exaggeration but I do think that we won't think of PCs in the same way ever again. I'm getting my iPad in the post.
The PC Officially Died Today | The New Republic