Welcome to the Fugawi.com Software Center. This section has been designed to educate new users as well as experienced users about the growing number of software options available for marine navigation today.
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Currently the most popular method of navigating on the water is mobile navigation. Mobile navigation refers to any app that can be used on either a smartphone or tablet. We highly recommend new users to start here as adopting mobile technology is a lot easier than most other platforms. Mobile applications also tend to be a lot cheaper and easier to maintain than using PC/Mac based applications or Chartplotter based systems. The top apps that we recommend customers start with are:
The iNavX is one of the longest running marine navigation apps on the iTunes store. It allows you to not only view your charts, plan your waypoints, routes and tracks and navigate on the water but it also allows you to connect wirelessly to the onboard network on your boat to receive instrumentation data in the app such as AIS, Sonar and Engine data. iNavX also allows you to use a variety of Raster and Vector charts that are made available via the Fugawi.com store. The iNavX app is currently only available only on the iTunes store.
For more information on the iNavX app. Please click here.
Buy charts of fresh water fishing lakes on the web store for Humminbird ChartSelect then download them inside Humminbird FishSmart app. For USA fishing lakes, the quality of data is superb; and if you happen to own a Humminbird chart plotter compatible with these downloadable charts, you may use the same charts on the plotter as in the app.
Navionics Boating / Navionics Boating HD™
The Navionics Boating App is one of the most popular mobile navigation apps available for Android and iOS devices, primarily because of the high quality vector chart data from Navionics. This app will allow you to view your charts, plan waypoints, routes and tracks and also offers a dock-to-dock auto routing system. The app is available on iTunes and the Google Play Store. The "HD" version is for tablets, a separate purchase from this app on smartphones. For more information on the Navionics Boating HD app, please click here.
There are probably a dozen or more other leading contenders for mobile navigation. Evaluate them on your own by using your favourite web search engine with a phrase like "Best iOS boat navigation apps" or "Top 10 Android marine navigation apps" or similar phrases applicable to your hardware. When shopping around, ask:
- Can this app load a wide variety of charts from different brands? And of international waters? (iNavX lets you get a wide variety of different chart types from different vendors and with world-wide coverage.)
- Are the marine charts that app presents licensed to you by subscription or a one-time purchase? And what happens to those charts when you change devices?
- Does that app only show "pretty pictures" of static raster charts or are vector charts available as well, or at least quilted seamless raster charts? (iNavX can do all of the above)
- Can other data like NMEA sensors / instruments be beamed in via Wi-Fi for display inside the app? (iNavX does this.)
Windows and MacOS Navigation Software
Computer navigation software is the preferred choice of more experienced boaters who like to make use of the keyboard and mouse on laptop or tower-style computers to do more accurate and easy planning. While PC navigation is still popular among a wide variety of boaters they tend to be a bit harder to maintain since PCs are not designed for the harsh marine environments and are not as portable as a tablet or smartphone.
Fugawi recommends deploying PCs for planning at home and transferring the data to smart devices or chartplotters for navigation on the water. (These days, the GPX file format is widely supported by both apps and chart plotters.) Using live GPS with PC navigation software may be a viable backup as well.
Though we do not sell or provide technical support for the following software titles, our top suggestions for navigation software for computers systems are:
► SmarterTrack displays Navionics cards and includes AIS overlay capability (ex. plug in a Digital Yacht AIS via USB device). For these and other top-notch features see the Digital Yacht web site for SmarterTrack.
► Expedition is particulary well liked by sail boat racers. It imports and dispays C-Map 4D cards. The Expedition Marine web site goes into detail about the features of this mature, well-adapted marine navigation software.
► Coastal Explorer is feature packed and well known about Windows PC users. Feedback tells us Canadian CHS chart licenses bought through Fugawi.com and then downloaded via CHS Digital Portal work well with Coastal Explorer. See the software's features here.
► PC Plotter Navigation Software displays Navionics charts from media card and does a good job with tidal display and optimizing your journey. See the Yachting Software web site for details on this an related planning software.
MacENC is the professional solution for the mariner that wants to take the MacOS computer aboard for real-time display of position on the vector format S-57/S-63 ENCs (Electronic Navigational Charts). Download-only versions of Navionics charts and several raster chart brands are for sale on the Fugawi + MacENC web store. Plug your GPS into your Mac and watch as your vessel moves along in real-time, plotting a track behind and logging a historic position on a seamless quilted digital chart. Study software features and buy it on the MacENC home page.