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Severe Navionics pricing increase at Fugawi

Bad news for iNavX users with iPad and iPhone, the price of Navionics charts on the Fugawi website has been recently revised upward, a strong increase : by 20 up to 30% increase by region ! More, the price of the annual purchase renewal, that was for three years 50% the initial purchase, rise to 60%.

We were used to a steady increase of Navionics tariff in Fugawi (¹) but since 2014 It had not changed. There's a serious catch-up ! Oddly enough, the price of the same accessible areas directly from Navionics Boating applications remains much lower and… unchanged.

Finally, iNavX 5.0, having introduced the possibility to purchase charts directly from the application (in-app purchase), offers highest prices in euros 5 up to 16% pricing converted into euros on the website Fugawi/Charts. Margin levied, or tax between USA and Canada ? Go figure…

See this by a small comparison table… (continue…)

Shipped with ACM Catamaran courses 2017

In 2017 My collaboraton with ACM Catamaran is renewed. I will be training 'Navigate with an iPad' in weekend shipped on one of the school of cruising catamarans (Nautitech Open 40, Lagoon 380, Lagoon 400) starting from the base of Hyères – The Gapeau. The 3 up to 6 people for these intensive courses that meet a great success four years ago.

The Calendar 2017 is published. (continue…)

Iridium NEXT maintains schedule [Update]

June 2012, I wrote a post on the future constellation of communications satellites Iridium NEXT. Then scheduled for operational in commissioning 2017, the calendar was shifted a few months. Actually, the launch of the first ten satellites by the private company SpaceX, originally planned the 12 September 2016, has postponed a few months by the explosion on September 1 a Falcon rocket 9 during the filling of fuel on its launch pad before a shot of engine test.


Terms of purchase of the cards on Fugawi charts [Update-3]

In two previous posts I had explained the new Navionics commercial policy as well as changes to the site to buy cards Fugawi/Charts (¹).

Misunderstandings have led me to request clarification on the modalities of activation of charts region, and despite some repetitions already outlined above, Here's a summary point of the terms and conditions currently proposed by the new Fugawi Charts download site (ex-X-Traverse). (continue…)

MacOS 10.12 Sierra et System Integrity Protection

In November 2015 OS X 10.11 "El Capitan" introduced the function SIP (System Integrity Protection) designed to improve system security by preventing the editing of files deemed critical. This was the case for unsigned drivers, i.e. non-Apple certificate. (continue…)

The new boundaries of the NV Charts

I had presented in may 2015 the excellent raster charts NV Charts by the German Publisher NV Verlag. In 2016, the previous cutting in 4 areas for France - Channel and Atlantic coasts - has been split into 8 areas for 49,90$ each. These charts are available for iNavX on the website Fugawi/Charts ( It is worth noting that each year a new edition replaces the previous, there is no update.

Bounderies in 2015


Christmas shopping at the Nautic Paris

For the first time since 5 years I'm not moving to the Paris Nautic boat show. And for the first time I do so not "stuck" ten hours per day on a stand of 9 m². And so for the first time I take the time to be interested - remotely, without jostling, without air conditioning, without Paris pollution - to products having a relationship with my field of investigation and which have caught my attention.

Some relate to security, other useful accessories, all have to do with mobile devices, smartphones or tablets, and some are truly innovative.


Stopovers Guide 2017

I mentioned last July the Guide « Stopovers», digital version of the block Navy published by the Figaro group. It would seem that the remarks I made on the improperly fragmented Division of these guides have been heard : version 2017 see the reduced number of modules 17 up to 12 for the channel-Atlantic coast, and 13 up to 10 for the Mediterranean. This is a welcome initiative !


iNavX 5.0 from Charybde to Scylla

The major update 5.0 of iNavX, issued late August, has unfortunately been a long and painful birth for new developers, and a succession of vortices and reefs for users. Among the many bugs and regressions laboriously fixed by successive builds, the worst part was the total loss of charts for almost all of us. And this, repeatedly. On top of the recent migration, this month, of charting server X-Traverse to a new website Fugawi much more user friendly, has not made things easier. Some explanations are needed. (continue…)

GALILEO and the Apple mobile

Within a month of the launch by Ariane 5 four new satellites of the GALILEO constellation to 18 satellites, manufacturers of components of location have already presented their new chips of location supporting the European GNSS. This allowed the Spanish company BQ to propose early September the first smartphone "Galileo-ready., equipped with the processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, the Aquarius X 5 more.

We could expect to find the same chip in the iPhone 7 from Apple, that fitted for the iPad and iPhone 4S 3 all its mobile devices with Qualcomm communication processors, integrating GPS reception (US) and GLONASS (Russian), it is not. With this latest smartphone, Apple revives Broadcom, waived for 2012 to ensure these functions, by integrating a chip BCM47734.


Weather4D tutorials 2.0

French and English tutorials Weather4D 2.0 have been recently updated.


The main novelty was to include subtitles in videos to improve understanding of « gesture», English term used in French which sums up in the context of touchscreens « movements of the hand and fingers to perform an action».


Miniplex-3Wi-N2K : Major updates

ShipModul manufacturer comes to provide on its web site two major updates to dowload for its multiplexer Miniplex-3 :

  • Firmware Miniplex-3 V.1.17
  • Firmware Wireless V.1.4

Two update files, featured with a procedure (in English), are packaged in a single folder WiFi V1.4.0.0. Download. The implementation can be done with the configuration utility MPX-Config V.2.1.0 minimum, available in PC and Mac versions. (continue…)