|Electronics — October 2004
By Ben Ellison
MapCruiser planning software
NavSim Technology has roots in a Canadian government think tank called the Institute for Marine Dynamics, and it shows. The $115 MapCruiser displays raster charts smoothly (ENC support is coming) and has a sleek interface with successful property box and graphic clue features, like chart and route libraries with thumbnail images, similar to this month’s column product. While it will track a vessel, it does not have an underway mode or functions like waypoint bearing, so routes are meant to be loaded into and used on a separate GPS.
While MapCruiser, its initial product, is a fairly conventional PC planning program, the new company characterizes it as just step one in an ambitiously innovative product series. The soon-to-be-released BoatCruiser will be a full-fledged charting program with the ability to model some 50 vessel parameters along with detailed weather and current data to simulate a particular voyage before you actually toss off the dock lines. Following in 2005 will be a related autopilot system able to control throttle and shifter as well as rudder, thereby able to handle the vessel in the conditions simulated, purportedly including docking in wind and tide!
NavSim Technology Phone: (416) 898-7782. www.navsim.com.
This article originally appeared in the September 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.