We were very pleased to learn that SEAiq Pilot had been used as a tool to help in researching the paper, "Finding Out Where the Pivot Point Locates Through Practical Ship Maneuvering,"
by Japanese pilot (and long-time SEAiq user) Masahiro Sato.
Here is a link to the paper (in Japanese):
The SEAiq apps are the most powerful marine charting apps for the Apple iPads and iPhones.
The SEAiq apps are free to download. The free versions allow full vector and raster chart display and support for the Active Captain Interactive Cruising Guidebook.
Included with the download is a free 1-week evaluation for all premium features, including: Waypoints, Routes, Tracks, Internal GPS, External NMEA over WiFi AIS Night colors, automatic download of weather data, Anchor Alarm, Variable Range Markers and Electronic Bearing Lines (VRM/EBL). You can re-install the app for additional week of evaluation.
Our apps are purchased once and can then used on all your iPads, iPhones, and iPods.
SEAiq Free is the only app that automatically downloads and displays all vector and raster charts published by NOAA and US Army Corps of Engineers. SEAiq USA is the same as SEAiq Free but can be purchased as normal app (no in-app purchase).
SEAiq Open (for international use) is the only app that allows you to load your own S-57, S-63, iENC, CM93, and BSB/KAP charts on your iPad/iPhone.
SEAiq Pilot is the only iPad app designed for use by river and harbor pilots. It supports the same chart formats as SEAiq Open, and has support for additional features include: docking aids, bathymetric ENCs (bENC's), manual tidal adjustment, AIS meeting point, and GPS diagnostics.
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Thursday, 12 June 2014
We were pleased to learn that the website Cruising Guide to New Caledonia has posted detailed instructions on how to use the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia's and the Cruising Guide to Vanuatu's GPX routes with SEAiq Open:
First, let me say that if you want to use an iPad for navigation get SEAiq, You can totally forget Navionics because you can't import waypoints or routes, plus there are a host of other nagging little problems with the Navionics App typical of software designers that have never been cruising in their lives.As a side note, much of SEAiq was originally written while we were in fact cruising in Vanuatu almost 3 years ago. While we have since sailed back to the USA (completing a circumnavigation), we're very happy cruisers in areas we once sailed are finding SEAiq to be a helpful tool.
Saturday, 7 June 2014
On June 4, we were excited to have the opportunity to accompany members of the Biscayne Bay Pilots in Miami, Florida. The purpose was to watch how SEAiq Pilot was used by the pilots and discuss opportunities for improvement.
Port Miami is the Cruise Capital of the World because of the huge number of cruise ships that operate from it. It is also a major cargo port. The port is undergoing massive changes to prepare for the larger vessels after the Panama Canal expansion is complete.
Captain Chris Marlow hosted the trip. Captain Bill Reyelt and Captain Peter Curtiss were the pilots on duty while Captain Marlow was able to focus on how SEAiq Pilot is currently used by the Biscayne Bay pilots.
|Captains Marlow and Reyelt|
|Northern General on her way out of Port Miami|
We also joined the Carnival Victory Cruise Ship as she headed from Miami for the Caribbean. You can see several iPads on the bridge using different PPU hardware combinations.
|Navicom Dynamics ChannelPilot (left) and Marimatech CAT ROT (right)|
Here you can see the latest Navicom Dynamics Channel Pilot (left) and the Marimatech CAT ROT (right). Both are magnetically mounted on the bridge wing of the Northern General. The Biscayne Bay Pilots demonstrated use of both devices with SEAiq Pilot.
The ChannelPilot operates as a stand-alone device with its own AIS antenna, high resolution GPS, and gyro compass. The ChannelPilot does not rely on the ship's AIS plug at all so when using it the pilot is totally self contained.
The Marimatech CAT ROT device is the external GPS sensor which communicates with a second device that is plugged into the AIS Pilot Plug port inside the bridge. Both devices transmitted their sensor data and worked great with SEAiq Pilot.
We were impressed with the ease of setup for both ChannelPilot and CAT ROT, and the high quality of the sensor data they presented using SEAiq Pilot.
The new Post-Panamax vessels that are expected to soon be prevalent are a tight fit in Port Miami. Capt Marlow showed how even on smaller vessels you could not see from the bridge how the vessels were exactly positioned in the turning basins, for instance. Using SEAiq Pilot gives them an extra reference point to compare with what they could see from the bridge. The Biscayne Bay pilots make heavy use of the Docking Aids in SEAiq Pilot to display distances from their vessel to the edge of navigable areas. Occasionally, rain in Port Miami can be so heavy as to obscure visibility and it is very valuable to have tools such as SEAiq Pilot to refer to.
Thanks again to the Biscayne Bay Pilots for hosting us and sharing their expertise with us!
|Capts Reyelt and Curtiss referring to SEAiq Pilot|
|Aboard the Pilot Boat leaving the Cargo Ship Northern General|
Friday, 6 June 2014
The current issue of SAIL Magazine includes a review of 10 top iPad navigation apps, including SEAiq USA/Free (the versions of SEAiq intended for recreational use in the USA). We encourage you to read the entire article; we've posted a copy of the review for SEAiq.
Friday, 23 May 2014
Some of our SEAiq Pilot users have recommended the Anker iPad mount for holding their iPads while on the bridge. It is light weight, folds up easily, sturdy and will hold an iPad or iPad mini. Below are pictures shared by Capt Jeff Baken from South East Alaska. Note that this product may not be suitable on smaller recreational vessels.