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24 th 2020
Francis
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Weather4D Routing & Navigation supports Imray charts

With yesterday's delivery of the version 2.0.54, Weather4D add Imray charts (¹) to the Routing & Navigation version, recently available in Geogarage catalog. Five layers cover the Atlantic facade (²) , from the North Sea and the Shetlands to the Canaries and the Azores, and one layer covers the Greater and Lesser Antilles.

But the most important are the three layers covering the western, central and eastern Mediterranean, which now provide detailed coverage from the Ionian Sea to the Aegean Sea. An excellent complement to the international SHOM layer. Read more →

23 th 2020
Francis
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COLREGS: Still Fit for Purpose? ?

We can only observe, for three decades, the phenomenal increase in global maritime commercial traffic, the recent increase in maritime drones, for scientific and various research purposes, automated and remotely submarines civilian, military, and even for traffickers usage, and soon the inevitable coming into service of fully unmanneded merchant ships. This evolution is directly linked to the multiplication of satellites communication and positioning means allowing remote control of mobiles at sea.

Even with containment during the Covid-19 pandemic, maritime traffic never stops. Marine Traffic view

Among the many questions - ethical, social, ecological, political - that it can raise, the most immediate concerns the safety of navigation, for trade as for pleasure. Which more specifically involves the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, the COLREGS (¹). Read more →

5 th 2020
Francis
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Smart navigation – From paper charts to augmented reality

I relayed here, in French, an article published in the British magazine Yachting Monthly (¹) on April, 30 th. The subject deals with the debate between paper charts and electronic navigation, by stating many truths, but also sometimes one or two untruths. The purpose has the merit of presenting contrasting arguments, and to obtain the opinion of recognized UK's professional boaters. Since the confinement imposes time constraints on us, let's take this opportunity to enjoy this instructive reading.… Read more →

23 March 2020
Francis
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Receive facsimile weather maps with an iPad [Update]

An SSB receiver for leasure boating

HF Weather Fax from Black Cat Systems is an application for decoding facsimile weather maps on an iPad, an iPhone or Android device. The analysis and forecast maps are provided by radio stations around the World. Broadcast on shortwave, they can easily be received by SSB receivers as found in catalogs for pleasure.
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16 March 2020
Francis
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Receive graphical weather maps on iPad [Update]

Weather analysis and forecasting maps developed by the NOAA (USA) and the Met Office (UK) cover vast areas over the Wold. They can be obtained sending a request by email to the weather server of british company MailaSail. With the latter, many maps are available in a listing (¹) in which simply click on the links to load the request in a message ready to send. Read more →

10 March 2020
Francis
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Training onboard with ACM Catamaran [2020]

In 2020 the iPad training with ACM Catamaran are renewed and extended. ACM also began the decade with a new website much more user friendly, aesthetic and efficient. I manage training "Navigating with Weather4D Routing & Navigation with iPad" in onboard weekend on one of cruising school catamarans (Lagoon 380) starting from the base of Hyères – The Gapeau. From 3 up to 6 trainees for these intensive courses that are very successful for several years.

The Calendar 2020. is available and registrations open. Read more →

17 rd 2020
Francis
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Navigation Mac tutorials on your iPad [Update]

A growing number of boaters now uses an iPad at sea. But offshore, when no network connection is available, and therefore no more internet access, how to access different aid or technical instructions regarding the tools used ?

The answer is in the creation of a library of files in PDF format that can be easily stored in the application Apple Books, for free, fortunately. Read more →

17 th 2020
Francis
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Iridium GO! A positive feedback [Update]

Iridium GO! cruising

Since it appeared on the market in September 2014 (Eh, yes, 5 years ago !) this device an indisputable ergonomics and excellent quality / price ratio has become a must for sailors out at sea. Easy to implement, without the need for an external antenna (except metal hull) it can be used inside the boat.

A test several weeks, conducted in October and November 2016 during a transatlantic delivery, had already demonstrated its ability to download GRIB weather files and frontology maps despite the low rate (about 10 KB / mn). With the new Iridium NEXT constellation (¹) we notice since 2019 a real improvement in the global coverage without satellite disconnection.

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