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I think the speed capability on mobile phones is just a function of the beast, due to their level of accuracy (hardware wise) so I'm not sure an app would help. My mobile, Nokia E72, jumps all over the place as well. It also chews up the battery in GPS mode.

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I used an HP ipaq hanhdheld computer with a program called navicomputer - on this you can download the maps or the satellite images, with the satellite images it was quite good - using a gps unit that plugged into the handheld. I believe the software is available for some phones too. the main thing is that most maps dont have the rivers accurately plotted, whereas using the satellite images its really good, best is the self centering on the map, so it tracks as you move. - you cant ask it for directions, but it shows where you are and how fast you are moving within 0.1mph (also works for walking and you can track your route too.)so my recommendation is an external GPS unit and satellite imagery.
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Hi Dave, im not to sure about portable car sat navs but we use a free app on the iphone/smart phone called NAV FREE which works quite well giving speed in single unit,direction compass,river names and points of interest.
It runs over gps so no need for mobile signal which is not always at its best at various location along the rivers.

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I find it very useful, it can locate petrol stations as we have an outboard.
It was more use on the canal system.

I also have an early hand held unit, I have put in the waypoints for all the river junctions, very useful at night, whilst cruising from the pub to a quieter mooring. Also useful if fishing on a broad, you can return to the same place, also you can see if your mud weight is slipping, as most have an accuracy of less than 12 feet, since you have a great view of the sky.
You can also log good spots for picking up tv reception, if you must watch a particular program.

We even navigated across Hickling in the fog and found the entrance to the dyke.

Certainly useful for speed over land.
Also, you wouldn't want to leave it in the car would you..

So yes, can be very useful in my opinion.

best regards, Richard.
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quote:"......
I think the speed capability on mobile phones is just a function of the beast, due to their level of accuracy (hardware wise) so I'm not sure an app would help. My mobile, Nokia E72, jumps all over the place as well. It also chews up the battery in GPS mode.
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I'm not sure what you mean by "function of the beast". GPS positioning is accurate to within a metre or two and if other devices relying solely on GPS can give accurate data at pedestrian speeds then so should an app on a phone.

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hm, I have noticed if I leave my phone Map on (constantly searching my location or giving directions I guess? Don't know how these things work) it does drain battery abit faster? I usually just search my location, get directions for next bit then go back to normal or camera mode.. if I need it again, repeat. Didn't notice on the boat as we had it on dash while running map but plugged into charger during cruising times to get ready for next round of pics, lol I find leaving my twitter or fb logged on drains my battery alot faster than my map tho x

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Just to back up some of the things that some people have already said on this thread,

I've tried most GPS gadgets and have found just two suit the purpose simply.

An old hand held Garmin Etrex GPS, tracks 12 satellites, so very accurate, even at 3 mph. Large number readout in MPH, waterproof, runs all day on two (rechargeable) AA batteries. No messing around with "apps" on a smartphone, and it doesn't risk the phone battery not being available for calls. You just switch it on, press two buttons, and it starts showing the speed and distance. Perfect for hired craft or  dinghies/canoes.

My other favourite is a combined chartplotter/fishfinder. It cost about £300, but is also a switch on and go self-contained solution. All on the one display, it shows a depth graph, detailed map of the Broads rivers, speed over ground, speed through the water, and miles per gallon/gallons per hour. (The single C-map data cartridge also has full detail charts for the whole of the English Channel and half way up the North Sea.)

Not a solution for hired boats, but very handy in any private craft.

I've tried smartphones with GPS, Wifi, 3G and cameras, but I've gone back to using dedicated devices, so much simpler to use, and fewer compromises.

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I have a Road Angel with Memory Maps Installed. It has all the GB and Ireland Admiralty Charts and all the OS National Parks Including the "Broads". So when it isn't telling me to turn left at the next junction it can show me where I am at sea or on the Ant or even the Brekon Beacons. The draw back is the small screen and having to change the SD card when I want to use it at sea. It also works with the French IGN maps. One of these days we will have one device to do everything. Or is here already?

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Strowger, that looks like a nice bit of kit.  Do I assume that some sort of transponder is fitted in the hull.

Do they make just the plotter without the depth/fishfinder facility?

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"Strowager, that looks like a nice bit of kit.  Do I assume that some sort of transponder is fitted in the hull.  Do they make just the plotter without the depth/fishfinder facility?"


Yes Mal, there's an external triducer fixed to a hinged bracket on the stern, with a paddlewheel for speed, a temperature sensor, the ultrasonic depth transducer, and a flow gauge sensor in the fuel feed line.

There's also a very small GPS aerial dome on the cabin roof.

Yes, there are several makes and models with just the chartplotter/gps.

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