Navigation - Introduction to Open CPN

Navigation - Introduction to Open CPN


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Start time: Thursday 7:00pm (16 August)
End time: Thursday 10:00pm (16 August)
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Join us for Little Ship Club and learn more about the free OpenCPN Navigation system, with guest speaker Chris Harris.

OpenCPN has been taking the PC based navigation software world by storm for several years now. It is free open-source chart plotting software with a suite of extremely powerful features. Used in New Zealand with the free charts it offers a very economically way into the world of electronic navigation. It runs on all the major operating systems; Windows, Linux & Mac and also runs on Android tablets.

Basically the software can be used to to plan routes and then on the water to plot your position in real time. But this just scratches the surface of its capability.

Traffic in your area and some aids to navigation ATONs can be displayed in real time with the addition of an AIS receiver.

Interfacing the PC to your boats systems allow you to display current weather, depth, and boat system data on screen. Various plugins allow you to download and overlay satellite photographs on the chart, download GRIB weather files, or weather charts, over SSB radio or satellite phone. There is built in database of world weather patterns that allow you to plan voyages based on historical data and a weather routing plugin analyses hundreds of available routes based on current and historical data.

The talk will introduce OpenCPN and its capabilities with examples of real life use and without getting too technical. For those interested in learning to the full capability of the software there is plan to run a short series of workshops at a later date which will cover installation, configuration, interfacing and using the software.

More information can be found at https://opencpn.org



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