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Computer based navigational planning software for a/c/e/eS/gS-Series MFDs
01-05-16, 04:32 PM (This post was last modified: 07-26-17 01:22 PM by Chuck - Raymarine - Moderator.)
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Computer based navigational planning software for a/c/e/eS/gS-Series MFDs
Computer based navigational planning software for a/c/e/eS/gS-Series MFDs

Raymarine recommends Voyage Planner software for such waypoint/route planning with its MFDs. Please note that a/c/e/eS/gS-Series MFDs operating with the latest a/c/e/eS/gS-Series MFD software support importing and exporting waypoint, route, and track data from/to files using the somewhat universally supported GPS Exchange (GPX) file format. As such any computer based navigational planning application which supports exporting waypont, route, and track data to a GPX file (ex. Raymarine Voyage Planner, Fugawi Marine 5, Rosepoint, OpenCPN, etc.) may be used for planning waypoints and routes. Correspondingly, those who have been planning waypoints and routes with navigational planning applications other than Raymarine Voyage Planner and should this same navigational planning application support exporting waypoints exporting waypoints and routes to GPX files, then it may continue to be used to plan waypoints and routes for an a/c/e/eS/gS-Series MFD. When using a third party navigational planning application, care must be taken to consider the waypoint and route constraints of MFD/chartplotter that this data is being produced for.

After planning has been completed, the navigational planning application would then simply be commanded to export the planned waypoints and routes to GPX files to be saved onto a microSD memory card (recommend using a microSD memory card other than your LightHouse Charts, Navionics, or C-Map microSD chart card). You would then follow the instructions within the LightHouse R15 (or later) MFDs Operation Instructions to import the waypoints and routes from this microSD memory card into your MFD's memory.

For those having PCs, Raymarine Voyage Planner is recommended for planning waypoints and routes for the a/c/e/eS/gS-Series MFDs. At the time of this response, Raymarine Voyage Planner featured support for NOAA ENCs, NOAA RNCs, and Navionics cartography. Raymarine Voyage Planner does not presently feature support for LightHouse or C-Map cartography, but a feature request has been logged to consider such support within Voyage Planner. For customers owning Apple computers, navigational applications such as MacENC and OpenCPN have been the most commonly recommended navigational planning applications. Again, the key to using a third party navigational planning application is to ensure that it support exporting waypoint and route data to GPX files and to ensure that planned waypoints and routes satisfy the constraints of the a/c/e/eS/gS-Series MFDs.


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