Garmin enters the emerging iPad app scene with a free app, which features in-app purchase for charts.  West coast charts are under 50 dollars, and are view able offline.  The iPad is slowly becoming a realistic alternative to cumbersome desktops.   

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The long awaited Garmin BlueChart app has finally hit the streets. We were teased with a few screen shots back in February and promised the app this past summer. Well it was worth the wait. Garmin took their own sweet time and did it right. I have owned numerous Garmin products over the years and have never been disappointed. This app also delivers with a ton of awesome features.

If you have not downloaded it yet here is the link to the app in the iTunes Store.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/garmin-bluechart-mobile/id523635526#

Garmin has been advertising this app as a trip and planning tool and that is what they delivered. The list of features is extensive but there are some additional features that I wish it had. More on that later.

Features:

-Create, edit Waypoint name and symbol as water, land, hazard with custom colors

-Create and edit Routes

-Picture of saved Routes

-g2 marine Cartography

-In app purchases for charts and advanced weather

-Transfer routes and waypoints wirelessly to networked Garmin chartplotters

-Fuel usage calculations in routes

-Record Tracks

-Chart notes

-Celestial data, sunrise sunset, moonrise, moonset and phase

-Tide stations

-Currents

-Active Captain user generated content points of interest

-Garmin points of interest

Weather conditions, dew point, temperatures, wind speed and direction, water temp, visibility, wave height and period

Grib files

-Premium weather in app purchase for radar and clouds $3.99

-Graphical measuring tool

-Shaded depth contours and inter-tidal zones

-Spot soundings

-Plan trips

-Radial menu dial

-Powerful search feature for BlueChart services and ActiveCaptain content

-Realtime GPS tracking

-External GPS capable

via i-Marine Apps: Garmin BlueChart Mobile Trip Planning App.

 

Written by JuneauTek

I'm loving life in Alaska! Check out my viewpoint from Alaska, as I go commercial fishing and skiing thru the land of the midnight sun. This is Alaska commercial fishing shown the way it should be, from fishermen. When, I'm not working on the high seas, I enjoy time with my family in Juneau, AK enjoying life, love and salmon in southeast Alaska

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