Navionics have launched a new version (7.0) of their Navionics Boating app which now includes free US NOAA vector charts. If you are boating in the US you can now get a well respected and functional marine navigation app on your iPad and iPhone without spending a cent. What are they up to? Why should you go anywhere else? How can they give away a full blown marine navigation app for free? We hope the following comparison and charts around San Francisco can help you decide which route to follow.
Here is the view of San Francisco from SeaNav within a 3 mile radius – the horizon for most leisure boat users (6NM x 6NM square) :-
and the same scale on Navionics Boating with their free NOAA charts :-
We zoomed in and eventually (at three times the scale) details appeared:-
Compare this with SeaNav at the same scale:-
We hope you will agree that its a lot less cluttered, has more relevant information and is a lot easier to view. Zoom in and more details and spot depths will be shown. You can also choose what level of detail to show in SeaNav.
Other key differences:-
SeaNav includes full live navigation features including COG, SOG, HDG, ETA, Waypoint distance and time, Cross Track error, Course and North up view etc. – it’s at least a $5 extra for Navionics and that doesn’t get you much of what SeaNav offers.
SeaNav includes Tides – Navionics Boating free doesn’t – you have to buy their USA chart set at $70.
SeaNav has a unique and highly recommended AR Camera view showing buoys, ships, landmarks etc. overlaid on the real time camera view.
SeaNav has free support for the amazing fully waterproof Pebble SmartWatch – forget a $500 Garmin Quatix!
SeaNav has live AIS Ship data overlay including collision detection. (via Boat Beacon).
SeaNav – buy once and runs at full HD on both your iPad and iPhone with no need to purchase another version.
SeaNav including full charts is just $19.99 in the US and £14.99 in the UK. See how this unfortunate user ended up paying over £70 ($100) for Navionics “Free”:-
And, SeaNav iPhone and iPad is now available for you to try for free. Click here to learn more.
(SeaNav is also available for Mac)