Posted: 4th January 2012.
By: Jacques Armenante (owner Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi 40).
For a while now I had been looking at a way to replicate what I have on my laptop (Maxsea V 12.1) on a remote monitor that I could install at the helm.
Monitors are VERY expensive and require a fair amount of wiring. I believe that I have found a great solution which I want to share with all Lavezzi owners.
All that is required is an iPad 2, and an app from Apple called AusNZ HD which is a software produced by Navionics (retails for $ 46.00) and a Talon ( NZ Company) iPad mounting bracket ($ less than 100.00) .
The Talon kit actually comes with a mounting plate onto which you can connect a 12V supply as well as a USB port , so keeping the iPad charged is not an issue. There is also an App that you can download which allows you to mirror on the iPad what is on the laptop screen, so I am able to either look at Maxsea from the helm or use the Navionics charts.
As the iPad has a built in GPS, the icon follows the boat position on the screen, it’s magic as it provides me with a back up to my Furono Chart plotter. All this for under $ 1,500.00 is great value.
Happy sailing to all, and hopefully we shall catch up at the FP Rally in March down on Pittwater.