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    Was just wondering if anyone out there is using a free or paid cell phone GPS/Navigation app when out boating? I haven't had my boat out here locally, and don't have a GPS or Depthfinder in my boat.

    The other day,I figured..... "There has to be an app for that!" So, what's your take on it? I'm an Android guy, and thought the GPS to get back to the ramp would be bit useful, and if its got any other cool gizmos and gadgets like a speedo or shows depths of areas on the map, could be pretty nice to have and aid in exploring the water out here in the midwest.

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    I use MX Mariner on my android phone, and now on my Google Nexus 7 tablet. I highly recommend it! It is not free but the price is very reasonable (I think $10 tops if I recall correctly).

    With that said, MX Mariner uses NOAA charts, so I dont think there would be any content for small inland lakes.
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      Re: Cell Phone Navigation App

      Thanks for the tip. And yes, I'm looking for the smaller inland lakes (compared to the ocean) located here in the midwest including the Mississippi river and rivers between Missouri and Illinois.

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        I use Navionics. Around $10 for a region's maps & it works very well. It's been recommended on here tons of times.
        Benjamin Krein
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          Re: Cell Phone Navigation App

          Originally posted by superbenk View Post
          I use Navionics. Around $10 for a region's maps & it works very well. It's been recommended on here tons of times.
          Are you using it on a phone or tablet? Can you create waypoints and routes? I've been considering it for my Galaxy tablet, but the HD (tablet) version costs about $35.00.
          John and Linda
          Long Island, NY
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          • #6
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            Yeah, I seen Navionics.. But when I went to their website, there were complaints of it being nothing but a map. Is there features to mark locations, and does it offer "directions" to places? IE- can I mark the ramp I loaded at?

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            • #7
              Re: Cell Phone Navigation App

              Originally posted by JoLin View Post
              Are you using it on a phone or tablet? Can you create waypoints and routes? I've been considering it for my Galaxy tablet, but the HD (tablet) version costs about $35.00.
              Whoops, didn't scroll down all the way.

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                I played with one a little on my boat with a blackberry tablet but my end decision was that you just can't see the screens well in the sun, that combined with the non-waterproofing ill be looking into getting a normal depth finder/GPS combo unit this year.

                My boat has no top though,can't escape the light. That being said I will probably buy the apps suggested here just to try them out. I have android and apple devices collecting dust
                16' 1972 winner marauder (demolished)
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                  Originally posted by ctswf View Post
                  I played with one a little on my boat with a blackberry tablet but my end decision was that you just can't see the screens well in the sun, that combined with the non-waterproofing ill be looking into getting a normal depth finder/GPS combo unit this year.

                  My boat has no top though,can't escape the light. That being said I will probably buy the apps suggested here just to try them out. I have android and apple devices collecting dust
                  Me neither bud. I'd just like some guidance to get back and to aid with knowing where I am at. Especially since I'm not too familiar with the lakes and what not.

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                    I use Bacionics on my iPhone. It does all the things you requested. My boat isn't big enough to have room for a tablet and we really don't go anywhere that I'd need heavy chart plotting capabilities. Navionics on the iPhone works fine for me. Waterproofing and visibility are issues, though & you need to make sure you have a constant power source as using the GPS will drain the battery fast.
                    Benjamin Krein
                    Floats: 2008 Four Winns H200
                    Restoration: 1980 19' Century 190 Restoration
                    Tows: 2005 Nissan Titan SE

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                    • #11
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                      Good Deal. I'll look today for Navionics in my Google Play store. It seems to be the recc that most are putting out there. And yes, I have an 12v supply for phone charging.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Cell Phone Navigation App

                        Originally posted by ctswf View Post
                        I played with one a little on my boat with a blackberry tablet but my end decision was that you just can't see the screens well in the sun, that combined with the non-waterproofing ill be looking into getting a normal depth finder/GPS combo unit this year.

                        My boat has no top though,can't escape the light. That being said I will probably buy the apps suggested here just to try them out. I have android and apple devices collecting dust
                        This is the biggest issue of all time !!! I study the Navionics depth readings and charts before I go to a new area but don't even bother using it while out on the lake.
                        2008 Tahoe Q7i 5.0L MPI Mercruiser/Alpha One Gen II Drive
                        14.25 x 17 Michigan "Apollo" 3 blade Stainless (From iboats store)

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                        • #13
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                          I'm listening to your advice!!!! Spdracr39

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by ctswf View Post
                            I played with one a little on my boat with a blackberry tablet but my end decision was that you just can't see the screens well in the sun, that combined with the non-waterproofing ill be looking into getting a normal depth finder/GPS combo unit this year.

                            My boat has no top though,can't escape the light. That being said I will probably buy the apps suggested here just to try them out. I have android and apple devices collecting dust
                            Eating my words now... I never bought a real gps unit yet, but I just used navionics vector charts app on a xoom family edition tablet...it was amazing. I'm going to look into waterproofing, anti-glair protector, stand, charger, see if I can get a practical setup going on the openbow.

                            Marine navigator lite is also a free app with gps over noaa raster charts. Only the full version stiches them together automatically ($10) I like the idea of having both maps going.
                            16' 1972 winner marauder (demolished)
                            18' 1969 Starcraft Offshore V restore Complete

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                              I ended up with the navionics app on my phone. Nice to study the smaller lakes before going out..

                              Bigger issues at the moment though.... Water intrusion into my outboard. I've only had the resto boat out once this season, and never left the ramp area.

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