Official App Versions

Official OpenCPN App for Android History Released by Dave Register: Version 1.0.12 – January 23 2017 Version 1.0.10 – July 8 2016 Version 1.0.9 – April 22, 2016 Version 1.0.8 – November 25, 2015 Version 1.0.0 – September 25, 2015 First official beta – July 15, 2015 Read more If you need support for versions […]

Overlay GRIB Data on Satellite Images in OpenCPN

Overlay GRIB Data on Satellite Images in OpenCPN by Chris “Tweed” Harris s/v Morgane “I receive NOAA APT weather satellite images which are quite useful when used alone but with GRIB wind and rain data overlaid they can be very useful in checking the validity of the GRIB model’s forecast.” Chris Harris’s article demonstrates all […]

How to Sail off the Chart with Confidence Using Satellite Imagery

How to Sail off the Chart with Confidence Using Satellite Imagery by Rory Garland s/v Streetcar Google Earth Navigation on OpenCPN Charts Use a range of techniques to navigate safely in far-flung places that have poor chart coverage. Rory’s article, published in Yachting World magazine, highlights the usefulness of satellite imagery overlays and how to […]

OpenCPN Unleashed on SSCA

OpenCPN Unleashed on SSCA by Dave Register OpenCPN Unleashed Seminar SSCA Gam Melbourne, FL  11 Nov 2016 First, I would like to thank the Seven Seas Cruising Association for the opportunity to speak at this year’s gam. The OpenCPN Unleashed seminar was well attended. The presentation began with an introduction to OpenCPN, then covered highlights […]

SailTimer Wireless Wind Instrument

SailTimer Wireless Wind Instrument SailTimer masthead anemometer transmits to mobile devices, including OpenCPN App for Android version 1.0.10 and up. Wireless Solar Powered Waterproof – Submersible Visit SailTimer for entire list of features. “OpenCPN for Android:  the longstanding open-source chartplotter for PCs is now available from the Google Play store.  To display wireless wind speed […]

New Orleans USPS Reviews OpenCPN

New Orleans USPS Reviews  OpenCPN A Cruiser’s Review of OpenCPN Electronic Navigation Software by Lee Longstreet, m/v Calliope, New Orleans Power Squadron In my opinion, OpenCPN has reached prime time status “The whole process of looking for an inexpensive navigation program began in 2008 with the realization that AIS was indeed a very desirable safety […]

Lough Corrib’s Ancient Maritime Past

Discovering Lough Corrib’s Ancient Maritime Past Vikings and Bronze Age Heritage in Ireland Trevor Northage has spent years uncovering the secrets that lay beneath the silt.  Surveying and charting Ireland’s second largest body of water, has been a labor of love. The lake has been preserving an amazing amount of history. Over 40 ancient wrecks […]

Commercial Traffic Zones and What the Lights Mean

Commercial Traffic Zones and What the Lights Mean by Roz Butziger Green and Purple Shapes on my OpenCPN Charts Those are Traffic Separation Zones.  They can be rather confusing if you’re not familiar with them. Roz Butziger, of the Warwick Beacon, describes the traffic lanes found on some charts and how to navigate them. She […]

sQuiddio the Must-Have Plugin

sQuiddio the Must-Have Plugin from Mauro Calvi “Thanks to users like you, is quickly becoming the most complete, comprehensive and up-to date source of cruising information in the world.” With the plugin you can view all the destinations for a specific area directly on your OpenCPN charts. Find marinas, anchorages, docks, yacht […]

Make Charts on Google Earth with GE2KAP

Make Charts on Google Earth with GE2KAP Paul Higgins and his trusty sidekick Whitey authored the program GE2KAP.  This free software allows you to make charts with Google Earth overlays.  The result is an amazing combination of photo-real land detail and waterways that are navigation charts. GE2KAP is not an OpenCPN plugin. This is a […]

Getting the Most out of OpenCPN

Getting the Most out of OpenCPN by Sherry McCampbell s/v Soggy Paws Sherry created an excellent pdf presentation on the fundamentals of OpenCPN.  Its a fairly detailed document which explains everything necessary to get started. Sherry’s presentation is thorough and is easily understood by anyone.  Rich with diagrams and images, which makes it a breeze […]

OpenCPN Chosen for USPS Boating Education

OpenCPN Chosen for USPS Boating Education The United States Power Squadrons® is the world’s largest recreational boating organization with more than 35,000 members. We’re honored USPS chose OpenCPN for their piloting and advanced piloting educational courses. Here’s some of their thoughts on OpenCPN. “OpenCPN is an advanced marine navigation program, available to both the recreational […]

How to Make Navigation Safer Using Satellite Images

How to Make Navigation Safer Using Satellite Images by Chris Beeson Cruisers find unexpected benefits of satellite images overlaid on OpenCPN. Yachting Monthly magazine published an extensive article explaining why sat overlays can be helpful and how to implement them onto your charts. “Google Earth was never designed to be used as a primary navigation […]