iNavX made the mistake of sending me a Black Friday chart sale email. I was using my iPad and clicked and went to their chart store and was shocked to see the cost of Navionics charts for the United States listed as $79.99. On the iPhone the same charts are only $29.99. But with iNavX charts cannot be shared between iPhone and iPad. If you want charts on an iPhone and an iPad you have to buy them twice. With iSailor you buy charts only once. Thinking of possibly sailing to Bermuda I bought the iSalior chart folio of Atlantic Islands on my iPad and then also easily downloaded it onto my iPhone.
I wrote some time ago that the charts needed for GANNET’s circumnavigation cost much less in iNavX than iSailor. This would still be true if only an iPhone is used, but I want the backup of being able to navigate with both iPhone and iPad and for that iNavX is much more expensive.
Trying to compare the costs between iNavX and iSailor is like trying to figure out a cable TV bill. With iNavX you get greater coverage in a purchase. They sell coverage for all the US and Canada in one package. In iSailor you would have to buy more than a half dozen different regions to cover all US waters, but few need to do that. If you only sail one region, iSailor is again less expensive. iSailor sells the Atlantic Coast from Northern Florida to Virginia for $2.99. That is more than enough for all but a few local sailors.
I have used iNavX longer than I have iSailor and find some of the actions I want to take less intuitive in iSailor, but I am going to start using it more. I think for me iSailor is the future.
A warning. Both iNavX and iSailor have made it easy on Apple devices to buy charts, and both are doing so as subscriptions which automatically renew after one year. If you don’t cancel the renewal you will be paying for the charts again year after year. You will be getting updates, but I don’t think they are worth it and so as soon as I purchase charts go to my App Store account and turn off the automatic renewal.
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The condo is coming together. We have ordered a bed and some other furniture, but delivery is slow. In the meantime we are doing quite well in our second college days, thank you.