Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Posted by Don Tolson in "SOFTWARE" @ 09:00 AM
On the Water
Although I couldn't test it (since I don't own a boat), Fugawi also sells Marine ENC for marine navigation. The package provides a complete set of Navionics or NOAA charts, including depth soundings, navigational aids, hazards, restricted zones, maritime place names and landmarks. The charts are available for all major waterways throughout North America, South America, Central America & the Caribbean, Europe, Africa Oceania and Asia.
If you know where you are going and the steps along the way, you can create a route consisting of a number of waypoints, then have Global Navigator direct you along the route, from waypoint to waypoint. Waypoints are created by tapping on the map at the point where you want to stop or change direction. Think of them as rest stops at the end of each leg of a journey.
Figure 12: Editing a waypoint after it's created by tapping on the map.
Figure 13: By tapping the Edit Location button, you can provide more precise locating info (e.g. if you have exact coordinates).
Alternately, you can use these screens to create waypoints anywhere, as long as you know the coordinates.
To create a route, you specify one of the waypoints as the start and add waypoints until you identify the last one as the end of the route.
Figure 14: Naming a new route.
Figure 15: Creating the route by adding existing waypoints.
Global Navigator then creates a route by connecting the waypoints.
Figure 16: A route created from 6 waypoints.
To navigate the route, you select it from the menu and then select 'Navigate'.
Figure 17: Selecting a route for navigation
Fugawi starts you from the closest waypoint along the route, then points to the next waypoint, along with the compass direction and distance.
Figure 18: OK, so which way to the next waypoint? (Note, in the example shown, I wasn't actually on the route, so ETA and heading for the next waypoint aren't shown).
If it has current speed info from previous movement, it will also show approximate ETA at the next waypoint. Order of the waypoints (and hence direction of travel) is defined by the order in which they are added, but they can be re-ordered with the route.