NavLink navigation software for MAC is an Apple MAC based electronic charting and navigation package. It is therefore able to turn an Apple MacBook into a full function chart plotter. It’s priced at just £29.95 including charts and is available to download from the MAC app store.
This navigation software for mac comes complete with highly detailed UK Hydrographic Office vector charts for the whole of the UK & Eire and allows real time positioning, tracking and routing. Simply create a route with a click of the mouse to quickly and easily get bearing, distance and ETA information to your destination. AIS targets can also be overlain onto the electronic charting. You can zoom and pan charts using intuitive finger gestures on the MAC track pad.
The MAC will require a GPS connection for location. If you require overlay of AIS targets you will need an optional connection to AIS. Digital Yacht’s range of GPS sensors or their low cost USB-NMEA adaptor can be utilised to connect the MAC to the boat’s GPS/AIS system. Alternatively, for a wire free solution, NavLink supports a connection via WiFi to any of Digital Yacht’s NMEA to wireless devices such as iAIS and the WLN10.
The seamless charts feature incredible detail as they are the official digital versions of the UKHO data. They show buoys, navaids, depth contours, wrecks, spot depths, restrictions etc. It also supports “drill down” information so an object such as a buoy can be queried for its characteristics. Weather buoys can also support local weather conditions ( The software with require an internet connection for this live data). The software includes a tidal atlas.
NavLink MAC users can also share routes with the separately available NavLink iPad/iPhone app.
NavLink has been designed from the ground up. This allows the software to take advantage of the MACs simplicity of operation and clarity of the high resolution displays on Apple’s latest products. Priced at £29.95, it’s available for download from the MAC app store. A US version is also available.