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Link to the Yahoo Group SeaClear
Mapping: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/seaclear_mapping/ I joined this group and and it is a great place to learn how to use the full use of SeaClear. _
Q & A From the Yahoo SeaClear II Group:
Dave Gilroy wanted to include the interior river system charts that are available through USACE as PDF files. These files can be converted either by scanning the paper charts and saving them in formats compatible with SeaClear or by using online file conversion software. See Dave’s Notes:
Plug in your GPS.
If it says cannot find com port number #
Check which number com port the GPS is connected to.
Change com port setting in seaclear to the same number.
Thank you Paul, I am glad the antenna works well. Good that you can feed in instrument data as depths is particularly useful on the river.
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 15:34:11 +0000
Subject: [seaclear_mapping] Re: Laptop use with BU-353S4 antenna.
I checked the Latitude and Longitude data reported in Seaclear against my Garmin and the Latitude is right on but the Longitude appears to to vary slightly ( .005' to .010' ).
I just found how to set the GPS Data to NAD 84,
I went to Tools_Properties_Comm Tab and changed the GPS Setting.
I was set on North American 1927. The chart says either would work
but now the data on Seaclear matches my Garmin within .001'.
I'll test this new setting on the lake this weekend.
Thanks for the information that got me digging!
Installed the driver. Everything working fine.
Using SeaClear II on Tablets
Connecting SeaClear to Onboard Electronics
Adding AIS to SeaClearII
2. Buy USB 4-port extension hub and plug in laptop.
3. Connect the AIS receiver, mouse, keyboard and GPS USB puck to hub.
4. Configure the second Rx port in Seaclear-tools-properties (comport nr - see windows device mgr)
5. Configure baudrate as 38400
Converting Tracks to Routes
Using a MacBook Pro for Seaclear II
Yes it can, if you install WINE first. I have it running fine, although I have not tested connecting it to a GPS, but I think that should work OK.
However, WINE is a bit techy, so you need to be familiar with using the command line interface to your Mac, accessing the Unix Operating system beneath. WINE lets you run Windows software on an Intel Mac from within MAC OS. It actually works on most Unix operating systems, e.g. Ubuntu.
It is very convenient, as you don't have to reboot your Mac to use it, you just click on an icon as usual. I run the Windows version of MS Word and Excel very successfully under WINE as well. I'm afraid I installed WINE years ago, so can't remember how I did it, but I would have searched Google for the instructions.
Do a Time Machine backup before starting, and if you make a complete hash of it, you can always revert to a backup.
I should say though, that I favour buying a cheap old robust laptop PC running Windows XP for use aboard the boat, dedicated to SeaClear. Do you really want salt water over your Macbook? Also, every addition of complexity always bites you back when seas get rough and you feel a bit seasick! My laptop always works flawlessly in harbour and goes wrong when I really want it to work :-) I've even replaced the hard drive with an SSD drive, in case it was the slamming of the waves that was causing the hard disk to complain.
But for route planning at home, SeaClear on a Mac is lovely. I keep my route and track files in Dropbox so they are automatically synchronized between my Mac and the boat's laptop. Plan route at home on the Mac, upload from PC laptop to GPS when on board.
For my Blog Readers:
If you decide that you want to use SeaClear and run into any issues you can easily get my attention by joining the SeaClear II Users group on Yahoo. If you post a question there I will surely see it and get you a response right away along with several other users as well!