— March 2003
By Ben Ellison
Transas is a global organization with deep experience developing ship-level navigation software and hardware. The company is also responsible for a worldwide database of vector charts that many of us have seen under the mark of licensees Nobeltec and Garmin. Now Transas is expanding into the recreational market with NaviGator. The standard edition, at $299, offers basic plotting functions, while the $749 Pro version has all sorts of high-end features like ARPA radar interface and weather overlays. The emphasis throughout is stable performance and a close relationship with Transas cartography.
Pocket Sailor (shown) is a NaviGator option and, I think, the first PDA plotting program on the market to use vector charts. Their solid colors and crisp lines work nicely on the small screen, and their compact nature is kind to memory cards. Pocket Sailor works in conjunction with PC NaviGator, whose permitted charts and routes can be downloaded to the Pocket PC.
Transas Nautic Phone: (425) 778-4546. www.transasnautic.com.
This article originally appeared in the March 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.