Features October 2007 Issue

A Sampling of Free and Nearly Free Navigation Software for Sailors

Practical Sailor reviews four inexpensive (or free) programs to find the top cheap navigation software

Practical Sailor testers surveyed the range of navigation software offerings under $90. Note that none of these programs can use free NOAA vector charts. However, several can use the downloaded NOAA raster charts. The four we tested were Mariner 3.0 www.navgator.com , OziExplorer (http://www.oziexplorer.com/), SeaClear II (http://www.sping.com/seaclear/), and Software-On-Board SOBvMAX; (www.digiboat.com.au). Although some of these programs are feature rich, they won’t satisfy a yearning for 3D viewing, radar overlays, or photo support, which are available only in the more expensive software.

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