Using Tablets & Smartphones as Navigation Back-up Tools

Linda with iPad on boat

Capt. Linda Lewis will demo you through the easiest-to-use navigation apps and mention several others (for iPad & Android). She’ll also review the pros and cons of using tablets/smartphones.

The U.S. govt. is no longer printing paper charts. Of course, you can still buy them from commercial vendors, but it’s another signal of the dominance of the electronic age. Today, dedicated marine chartplotters (the newest have vastly improved user interfaces) and computer-based navigation are important as your PRIMARY tools of navigation. But you ALWAYS need a back-up. For some, that will be paper charts; for others: tablets and smartphones – as BACK-UPS.

Linda holds a USCG 100 Ton Master’s License, teaches boat handling on your boat (, and, as a USCG Auxiliary volunteer, teaches a 10-week Navigation course for the public that includes traditional paper charting skills and the use of the latest navigation electronics.

Please RSVP at if you plan on attending and tell your boat-loving gal friends. Come and enjoy the evening.

Meeting Date: Monday, May 18th, 2015

Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so

Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed even at this meeting  but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.

Location: 1900 N Northlake Way, #233 Seattle, WA 98103

We meet at the Northwest Marine Trade Association conference room, 1900 N. Northlake Way, #233. Park at Fisheries Supply and go into the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply and up the stairs, turn right and we are the furthest door on the left.

(Located in the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply – UP THE STAIRS AND DOWN THE WALKWAY)

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