30 August 2018
After 3 years without major changes (¹), TimeZero (now under Nobeltec brand) comes on iPad with a new name and a new logo. Doesn't it remind you anything ? A sense of déjà vu ?
TimeZero becomes TZ iBoat. No revolution in the UI, all functions already present in the update 2015 are in place (AIS support, Furuno DRS4W Radar support, current and tide gauges display, etc.). So what's new for this new name ? looking good… Read more →
27 th July 2018
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Fanch Guillon is a participant in the rally “The Long Road 2018“. Arranged in parallel with the “Golden Globe Race”, but no other purpose than to commemorate the spirit of the Long Road Moitessier. This rally pilgrimage created by the late Guy Bernardin meets 23 marine several nationalities. Read more →
25 th July 2018
I relayed by an article published in 2014 on the blog Digital Yacht which provides an excellent discussion of the choice of the antenna to be installed for a transceiver AIS. You will find below a transcript freely adapted by my care.
One of the most frequent questions asked by boaters who want to buy an AIS Class B Transponder : which antenna VHF use ? Read more →
17 th July 2018
The last update of the three applications Weather4D (Lite, Routing, Routing & Navigation version) several user-requested improvements in the display of meteograms. But what is less obvious is a big work on the charts display in the Routing & Navigation version, to better streamline the tiles overlay at different scales, during handling of zoom and slide, and to remove “black areas” sometimes subsisted on less efficient old generation devices. Read more →
27 June, 2018
Since publication of Division D240 revised, applicable from the date of May 1st 2015 (see my previous article), It is now official that the mandatory nautical documents can be embedded in digital form.
2.06.6 The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (RIPAM), or a summary text and graphics, possibly in the form of adhesive liflets, or on electronic media and its reading device.
2.06.7 A document describing the marking system of the attended area , possibly in the form of adhesive liflets, or on electronic media and its reading device.
2.07.5 The lights book updated or available on electronic media and its reading device.
2.07.12 The official tide tables, or an equivalent annual document produced from it. It may be on paper or digital. These documents are not required in Mediterranean sea.
Most of them available now in free download, this allows substantial saving space and weight in the library of board, and also savings ! So here is a quick inventory of the french official and private documents, available in PDF format, that can be stored in Apple iBooks app on iPhone and iPad (and also on Android). Read more →
4 June, 2018
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In 2018 the iPad training with ACM Catamaran are renewed. I will train "Navigate with an iPad" in onboard weekend on one of cruising school catamarans (Lagoon 380) starting from the base of Hyères – The Gapeau. The 3 about 6 people for these intensive courses that are very successful for the past five years.
The Calendar 2018 was update. Read more →
7 May 2018
With the latest release 5.2 of iNavX, AIS reception service by internet becomes charge. This service, provided by the company SiiTech for free from the origin of iNavX (¹), becomes a subscription service.
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26 April 2018
If you navigate with an iPad and enjoy mobile navigation, and if you like listening to music for dancing on the waves, you may be interested in Mobile Hi-Fi.
The well-known manufacturer Bose designed small Bluetooth speaker, the SoundLink MicroBT, compact and fully waterproof, perfectly suited for mobile use, and therefore the boat. I tested and adopted.
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18 April 2018
Disappeared when updating Weather4D Pro to Weather4D Routing (¹), Iridium satellites passage prediction comes back as a small standalone and free application : iWatchSat.
Presented with the same interface as Weather4D apps, it optimizes the connection for downloading GRIB files.
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10 April 2018
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You are more likely to have adopted the Iridium GO! for its easy way to request GRIB files, directly from Weather4D and some other applications. But some also want to transfer these files to PC to import them into Windows software (as you know, nobody is perfect !). An easy solution is available : the app Air Share, supported by either iOS and Android. Read more →