enters the emerging iPad app
scene with a free app, which features in-app purchase for charts. West coast charts are under 50 dollars, and are view able offline. The iPad
is slowly becoming a realistic alternative to cumbersome desktops.
The long awaited Garmin BlueChart app has finally hit the streets. We were teased with a few screen shots back in February and promised the app this past summer. Well it was worth the wait. Garmin took their own sweet time and did it right. I have owned numerous Garmin products over the years and have never been disappointed. This app also delivers with a ton of awesome features.
If you have not downloaded it yet here is the link to the app in the iTunes Store.
Garmin has been advertising this app as a trip and planning tool and that is what they delivered. The list of features is extensive but there are some additional features that I wish it had. More on that later.
-Create, edit Waypoint name and symbol as water, land, hazard with custom colors
-Create and edit Routes
-Picture of saved Routes
-g2 marine Cartography
-In app purchases for charts and advanced weather
-Transfer routes and waypoints wirelessly to networked Garmin chartplotters
-Fuel usage calculations in routes
-Celestial data, sunrise sunset, moonrise, moonset and phase
-Active Captain user generated content points of interest
-Garmin points of interest
–Weather conditions, dew point, temperatures, wind speed and direction, water temp, visibility, wave height and period
-Premium weather in app purchase for radar and clouds $3.99
-Graphical measuring tool
-Shaded depth contours and inter-tidal zones
-Radial menu dial
-Powerful search feature for BlueChart services and ActiveCaptain content
-Realtime GPS tracking
-External GPS capable
via i-Marine Apps: Garmin BlueChart Mobile Trip Planning App.