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Cruising with Aqua Map charting apps

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of Panbo.com, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, completed the Great Loop in 2017.

6 Responses

  1. Douglas P says:

    Thanks Ben,
    I am using, learning and enjoying AquaMap app too and I couldn’t agree more about the boat offset! I would love to be able to put the vessel at or near the very bottom of the screen. I’ve already seen what’s behind us! 😉
    I too am looking forward to Navionics app having AC on it soon!
    Thanks again,
    Doug

  2. Art Watson says:

    (1). I tried AquaMap a while back on my iPad Mini, but ultimately deleted it because it was taking up a huge amount of memory space. Has this changed?

    (2). Do any of AquaMap’s operating features require an Internet connection, or are they all resident on your device?

    • Ben SteinBen Stein says:

      Aqua Map takes up about 2gb with a lot of cartography downloaded. It uses a tile based approach to downloading the charts so you can control space usage by DL’ing fewer tiles.

      All the features work without connectivity except for chart updates.

      Ben

      • I have four Aqua Map “cells” loaded on my iPad — essentially the coast of Maine — and the total is 825 MB. I really like how easy it is to delete chart cells in the app, which is quite a contrast from the Navionics Boating app. I fear that the only way I can get rid of a lot of southern Navionics charts I won’t be using anytime soon is to delete the whole app and then reinstall it. I love to hear about a more elegant way, but this “help” page is not encouraging:

        https://navionics.secure.force.com/kb/articles/en_US/Knowledge_Article/Mobile-Deleting-Downloaded-Maps

        • We know our chart data is big, this is due to the decision we made to add full land data offline support.
          We are collecting comments about this decision and there are positive and negative as usual. Maybe in the future we will split land and sea and let the user decide what to download.
          Meanwhile, as you said above, you can any time remove tiles all together or one by one, and re-download them when needed.

  3. Cool stuff: Robert Sherer explains how a Waterway Guide Alert marker can now contain a chartlet and even a GPX file to route you safely around the problem area, and that so far Aqua Map is the only app to support both new features (iNavX is showing the chartlets)

    https://www.waterwayguide.com/latest-news/news/9239/new-capabilities-of-waterway-guide-integration-into-popular-navigation-apps

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