This 3 minute tutorial will introduce you to the basic navigation functionality of Navioncs.
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Video Transcript. In case I mumbled:
This video is a very simple introduction to the basic functionality of Navionics.
To navigate the charts you simply drag the screen around as you would any other map app.
Zooming can be accomplished by a pinching gesture or the zoom buttons in the upper right hand corner. It’s all rather straightforward.
To get more information for an item on the chart place it under the center screen cursor, x marks the spot and click on the question mark to the right.
This brings up a listing of items under the cursor; smallest first. The item you’re looking for is usually near the top of the list and when you click on it navionics tells you everything it knows about that item. If that wasn’t what you were looking for go back to the list and try another item.
To find your boat you click the bottom left hand button that looks like the boat cursor
To measure distances you activate the ruler tool and position it’s endpoints accordingly. Simply drag and drop the endpoints to position them. Here we’re measuring the width of boston North channel; between two lateral buoys.
A route is a set of lines that lead through a sequence of waypoints. To start a rout you click on route then “manual”. Then you long press on the screen to add each waypoint to your route.
This is a demo; if we were at sea clicking go would start us following the route but in this case I just want to show the detail view – especially the summary distance in the top left.
The last basic feature of any chart plotter is creating a track. The track is a yellow line that shows you where you’ve been as your ship icon traces it out.
I’m not at sea so I’m borrowing this track I created passing new york city. The yellow line shows that we passed through the east river with and with a lot of favorable current too.
That’s it. As I said this was just an introduction to the basic functionality of Navionics. If this intro has helped you out please give this video a thumbs up and have a look around; SavvySalt has an abundance of helpful navigation information.