By Ben Ellison
Maptech Outdoor Navigator
Yup, a little cellphone can be a chartplotter, and for small money, too. Outdoor Navigator (ON) now runs on “Smartphones,” which use Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system, as well as Palm and PocketPC PDAs, and the price has been reduced from $100 to an astounding $20, including all the U.S. charts (and topos) you care to download. The idea is to make ON compelling as a chart reference tool, even if you don’t mess with a GPS, especially since Maptech updates its online charts monthly. ON developer Jeffrey Siegel, who’s now cruising in Florida (with gizmos galore) and was a valuable source for this month’s column, reports that this feature came in handy at times when the nav aids on his regular but older charts didn’t make sense. By the way, most Smartphones include Bluetooth and hence would likely work neatly with a GPS like the Blue Logger (above).
Maptech ( (888) 839-5551. www.maptech.com.
This article originally appeared in the July 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.