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Hi Folks,
Here's a question for you - will my car sat nav give me any benefits whilst on our hire boat. Aside from showing our speed, has anyone actually found a use for it? Will it even show much detail of the water courses bearing in mind it was programmed with the road network?
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I suspect it would be of little or no use. What informtion would you like it to give you?

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Probably keep telling you to turn around and head towards the nearest road!

I have often wondered myself. One day I shall take mine afloat but I suspect that all it will do is to show me an arrow in a limited area of blue.

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I did use a car sat nav a few years ago before I got a chart plotter fitted, it works ok ish, map details is usually ok as rivers are usually maked, but you will find that if there is a road near the river it will show you on the road not the river. Also using it for speed indication is not fantastic but probably better than nothing. Car's speed limits usually go up in 10s of mph, i.e. 30, 40, 50 etc where as on the river its 3, 4, 5 mph. My chart plotter shows speed in 10th of a mph, my sat nav doesn't so you could be doing 4.5mph in a 4 without knowing it, may not sound much but its akin to doing 45 in 40 in the car! conversely of course you could be doing 4.6 in a 5!

Edited because my brain works faster than my fingers.

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I tried using my navman, but it wasn't great, not much detail and the speed being shown in whole units wasn't much use.

On the advice of a forum member I picked up an etrex h handheld gps for about £20 on ebay. Very happy with that.

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Other than for a bit of fun I doubt that there is really a need for anything more than a good Broads map. The Etrex that Richard mentions is useful, I have one too. Richard, you woz done, mine was only £15.00 off e-bay.

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Story of my life JM Smile  But I did get the idea from you, and it saves that embarrassing chat with the ranger that starts "so Richard, how fast do you think you were going?" Smile

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And you can use it to find your way back from pub to boat in the dark!

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Hiya do you have a mobile w good sat nav on it? That might work? Mines a Nokia N8 w Maps.. it's great out on walks if I get lost can just search location, shows exactly or pretty close to where I am in the field or forest as long as I can get signal. (I did get signal on South Broads, haven't been North yet) I can select walk or drive directions out, sometimes if a road directly beside river put me on there for abit but understandable when your right beside it.. or I can even chart where I've been, handy thing, speed is pretty close to car when I check and best part is I can search for diff business's (pubs, fuel, grocery stores etc) and find closest ones. Hopefully if you have something similar that might be sufficient? I'm still on old Maps on phone also, can do an upgrade or save certain area more detailed maps but haven't bothered as old one seems to work just fine for me. I do have 2 really good real maps as well just incase I can't get signal but hasn't happened yet? Good luck!

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I can confirm Gretzky's findings with regards to a traditional car SatNav (Mine was branded "Marks and Spencer", manufactured by Binatone with software by Navteq, a subsidiary of Nokia).

I can also confirm that, depending on what you are after, you'd be better off if you have a modern Smartphone. Mine is an Android Device and its built in "Maps" app is very good at showing you where you are. "Navigation", on the other hand, suffers the problems of any conventional SatNav, it is designed for pedestrian, public transport and car use only.

But there are apps that might be more useful. I have the free app "Saildroid" installed, which is capable of showing your speed, heading, position (Long/Lat) and distance travelled. I find that the speed indication isn't fine enough. I seems to jump in 0.3-0.4 knot segments.

Can anyone recommend a free app that is more accurate for showing a boat's speed?

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