By Ben Ellison
Nobeltec wants to get you hooked. For a mere $10, eChart Planner gives you a world map and large-area U.S. charts, a year of animated U.S. tide and current predictions, three-day worldwide graphic weather predictions downloadable daily, and route-building/printing functions, all with a sleek, straightforward interface. eChart alone is great for plotting dream cruises and can be upgraded online with a $60 GPS transfer program and/or mini regions of Passport vector charts (also $60) for detailed routing. If the company’s strategy works, you’ll soon want to move up to Nobeltec’s full-on Visual Navigation Suite.
Nobeltec Phone: (800) 598-4976; www.nobeltec.com.
This article originally appeared in the November 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.