Real Time GPS navigation at sea on your Phone or Tablet


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We build raster chartsets for Marine Navigator on Android. We also make charts for a specialist app... qtVlm, Android or iPad. We do not currently support any other MOBILE apps, but support many programs (like OpenCPN) with Windows compatible charts

Marine Navigator is an app developed by Mr Ronald Koenig and available in the Google Play Store. It is a fully functional chartplotter app, that uses standard free raster charts (KAP files) available for certain areas, like the USA and Brazil. The app can also use encrypted chartsets making available licensed copyright charts for the UK and other areas. Marine Navigator comes with no pre-installed charts, and costs about £6.50 in the Google Play Store

When used with appropriate charts, the app can be used as a stand alone portable chartplotter using the Android tablets' built in GPS (and compass if present).  Routes, waypoints and tracks can be used and saved. Charts can be dragged around and switch automatically on zooming in/out.

 

A new easy chart activation system has been developed for VMH encrypted chartsets with activation codes provided on purchase.  Chart purchases / downloads, installation & unlocking are always totally outside of Google Play Store infrastructure for free or paid chartsets.

 

 

Why use an Android tablet ?                             

 

Because if you get a decent tablet with 10" screen , and built in GPS and compass using these charts in conjunction with "Marine Navigator" app (buy for about £6.50 in the Google Play Store) will give you a fully featured chart plotter, that's "stand alone" and complete. No connecting GPS sets, it's all there already.  The charts are fully installed, no internet needed (after installation) , use at sea.  Use in the cockpit or chart table.  You can get waterproof protective cases for the tablet too.  Long battery life, quick start up... what more could you want ?  (This ALSO works really well on phones.. great for quick reference in the cockpit)

 

Why "Marine Navigator" ?

Because we've found it to be so easy to actually use in real seagoing situations. The designer Ronald Koenig, is responsive and continues to update his app all the time.  It's versatile.. In addition to our encrypted charts, it can also use standard BSB2/3 charts you may already have.  For instance Antares charts for W. Scotland.  This app can even calculate routes using Great Circle (for ocean sailors)  or Rhumb lines.

 

 

"Marine Navigator is an offline navigator using raster navigational charts (RNC's) to plot your position in real time. This way you can navigate with true copies of official paper charts on your mobile device. This full version of the Marine Navigator provides besides the functionality of the lite version the following enhanced functions:

* automatic chart switching depending on current position and zoom level
* scrolling through all charts available for the current location by "press and hold" zoom buttons
* display of number of available charts for current location in the zoom buttons
* display of outlines of installed charts in active chart
* chart rotation (True North, True Course, Compass Heading, original chart orientation)
* tracks, way points, routes
* follow route automatically
* intuitive route editor
* gpx import and export of waypoints and routes
* gpx export of tracks
* recording of tracks in active and standby mode
* length of recorded tracks only limited by the capacity of the external storage (SDCARD)
* compass (magnetic north, true north)
* different dashboard layouts (basic data, detailed route data, detailed GPS data including graphical status info)
* Man Over Board (MOB) functions"

 

AIS screenshots

 

This example is using an underlying map, not a chart:

 

 

In this picture above both vessels have send position reports and static voyage related data (name of vessel, call sign, ...). The black dots show the last received position. The black lines show the predicted course. The position of the vessel is calculated based on the data of the last received position report (position, COG, SOG). The dimensions of the vessels are taken from the last received static voyage related data report. Capt. Morgan is selected therefore its detailed data are shown in the upper left corner of the screen and its track based on the previously received position reports is shown by a green trailing line. Capt. Morgan has not specified its destination. Therefore destination information is missing below the call sign.

 

 

This picture above shows a collision alert. The red line on the own course line shows the passing distance when the other vessel crosses the own course line. The red line on the course line of the AIS target shows the passing distance when the own vessel crosses the course line of the AIS target. In the illustrated case the own vessel will cross 832m behind the AIS target. The AIS target (red cursor) is selected. It hasn't send any static voyage related data yet. Therefore only data of the position report is shown (position, SOG, COG).



 

Made from standard raster charts.  You just can't beat the superb detail of raster charts.   Vector charts do not have the richness of detail, but are seamless.   At VMH we prefer raster every time. 

 

 

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These are the 2019 auto-activate "Marine Navigator" Android chartsets you are downloading:

"These are proper raster charts, same look and feel as familiar paper charts"


UK and other coverage available

NEEDS: latest Marine Navigator app installed on device
 

Important:  The End User License Agreement (EULA). This is the agreement you enter into with us when you purchase these charts. Please read and print this off for future reference. It controls how you can use the product, number of installations, time limits, and much more... It is on this page, please read.


 

Checklist before payment:
 

  • 1. Latest Marine Navigator app installed on device. Get from Play Store

     
  • 2. Read and understand the EULA

     
  • 3. Read and understand the simple installation and activation process

     
  • 4. Space required: You need double the size of the download as work space..eg the UK-IRL chartset needs 2 GB clear space for installation before download  ( you can delete the download after they are installed clearing up 1 GB.)


     

Chart dates:   UK-IRL all 1st Jan 2019.  French Charts, BE-NL-ES-PT December 2018.


Choose and buy/download your chosen coverage: 
 

UK and Ireland 2019

Uk Charts


This 2019 UK/Ireland edition contains over 820 raster charts.

£15.95 for non members ( 991 MB )



 

One update during 1st year of purchase


 









Important note:  Although the French coasts are visible, there is not enough detail to approach these coasts safely. If visiting France you WILL need the package below:.

 

 

 

 

UK and Near Continent 2019

 

 



 

This Channel France /UK/Ireland/Belgium/Netherlands edition contains over 1020   Coverage:  UK/Ireland/Channel France/ Belgium, 100% at all scales available. French coverage at all available scales, starts just south of Brest and extends to Belgium. Small scale French coverage down towards Spain.

£29.95 for non members   (1.32 GB)

 

 



One update during 1st year of purchase

 









.Ce produit :  - contient toutes les cartes marines, à grande, moyenne, et petite échelle, pour les côtes Françaises, depuis la frontière Belge jusqu'aux Iles des Glénan incluses.  Contient 5 cartes marines à moyenne échelle ou à grande échelle pour la zone sud des Iles des Glénan jusqu'à la frontière Espagnole. Ne contient pas de cartes marines détaillées, à petite échelle, pour le reste de la façade Atlantique des côtes Françaises.





 

 

For the avoidance of doubt:  Our Netherlands coverage in this and any other product is shown below:

.No freshwater inland coverage.  Fine for coastal passagemaking.

 



 

 

 

UK, Near Continent, inc. Atlantic France & Iberia 2019

 


This France (Manche et Atlantique) UK/IRL/BE/NL/ES/P chartset combines all the charts, over 1,334 of them into one package.

£42.95 for non members
                     (1.67 GB)

 

 



One update during 1st year of purchase


















 

Notices for French charts

« Aucun   service   hydrographique   officiel   n’a   vérifié   les   informations   contenues   dans   ce document et ne peut être tenu responsable de la fidélité de leur reproduction ou de toute modification   ultérieure.   La   possession   de   ce   produit   dérivé   n’exonère   pas   de   l’obligation d’utiliser   les   documents   nautiques   appropriés   prévus   par   les   règlements   nationaux   ou internationaux ».     "No official Hydrographic Office has verified the information contained in this document and can not be held responsible for the accuracy of reproduction or any subsequent amendment. Possession of the derivative does not exempt from the obligation use appropriate nautical documents required by national laws or International ".

« Ce produit intègre des données © SHOM – 3/2015 – reproduites avec l’autorisation n° 6/2015  »   "This product incorporates data © SHOM - Dec / 2016 - reproduced with authorization No. 6/2015 "

 
 
 
 
 
 

The whole process to install our Marine Navigator charts has been simplified.. the best way is look at the screenshots below. 

It's important to have the latest version of Mr Koenigs' app (2.1.14 or newer the one with AIS trial).. Auto activate won't work on older versions of the app.


Estimated times involved.
1. Pay using shopping cart, and receive receipt on tablet, write down one unlock code:  5 mins
2. Download the chartset direct to the tablet:   5mins- 20mins ...Depends on your broadband speed.
3. Import charts into app and activate:  10-30 mins.. Depends on size of chart set & speed of machine

Whole process 20-60 mins odd if you have broadband. Internet not required once the charts are activated and working


 

Firstly:  Pay on shopping cart, collect receipt email on target tablet, and then download chart set.   (Important note:  The email address you put in the shopping cart is the one the download/unlock receipt will be sent to automatically. It will appear to come from VisitMyHarbour Sales Dept, from a gmx.com email address. Check your spam box if you don't get it within 5 mins.)

The receipt email from the cart looks like this:
 

Note 2 unlock codes, and download link for the charts. Download chart set. Save this email carefully. Write down carefully the first unlock code, you'll need it shortly.
 

 Checklist:

  •  Latest version of Marine Navigator app installed  2.1.14 onwards
     
  •  Charts paid for, receipt/download email collected on target tablet
     
  •  Chart set downloaded fully (check it's there in your downloads folder)
     
  •   Unlock code written down.



Next:

 

OK let's go... Start Marine Navigator

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Choose  IMPORT

 

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Don't see the chartset where it should be above ?  Check it's in your "Downloads" folder

 

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This step can take a few minutes.

 

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At this stage you are "pointing" the app at the chart set
 

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Type in the unlock code you wrote down earlier. Submit.

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After the stage above, charts are unlocked... use the "back" button to return to app main screen. Zoom in to see charts.

 

Note:  Just because everything is automated, does not mean you are on your own if things don't go smoothly.  We are UK based and easy to get hold of on weekdays, by phone, or email/contact form anythime.
 

Our phone   01983 293757 M-F 11-4

Or use the Contact Button

We are Trading Standards checked and approved since 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short video shows the import and activation process.

 

End User License: Charts for Marine Navigator Android app by download (version 2017-AA.1)

This is an agreement between YOU (the original purchaser of Android Charts by download) and VisitMyHarbour of 36 High St Cowes PO31 7RS. By accessing these Charts whichever format they are supplied in, you are deemed to have agreed to the terms of this license. If you do not agree with the terms of this license do not purchase, install or activate the chartset.

NOTICE 1: These images have been produced for “Charts for Marine Navigator Android app by download” and should not be used for any other purposes. The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) and its licensors make no warranties or representations, express or implied, with respect to this product. The UKHO and its licensors have not verified the information in this product or quality assured it. British Crown Copyright, 2017.

NOTICE 2  « Aucun   service   hydrographique   officiel   n’a   vérifié   les   informations   contenues   dans   ce document et ne peut être tenu responsable de la fidélité de leur reproduction ou de toute modification   ultérieure.   La possession   de   ce   produit   dérivé   n’exonère   pas   de   l’obligation d’utiliser   les   documents   nautiques appropriés   prévus   par   les   règlements   nationaux   ou internationaux ».
« Ce produit intègre des données © SHOM – 12/2016 – reproduites avec l’autorisation n° 6/2015  »

"No official Hydrographic Office has verified the information contained in this document and can not be held responsible for the accuracy of reproduction or any subsequent amendment. Possession of this derivative does not exempt you from the obligation to use appropriate nautical documents required by national or international  laws".
"This product incorporates data © SHOM - December 2016 - reproduced with authorization No. 6/2015 "

NOTICE 3 Instituto Hidrográfico de la Marina (IHM) and the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) make no warranties or representations, or implied, with respect to this product. The Instituto Hidrográfico de la Marina (IHM) and the UKHO have not verified the information within this product or quality assured it.

The use of this product for the planning and execution of passages will not meet the requirements of SOLAS

This applies only to Spanish harbour chartlets/inserts/plans prepared from S57 vector data (if they are included) supplied by IHM: “THIS PRODUCT IS NOT TO BE USED FOR  NAVIGATION”

NOTICE 4
This product consists ONLY OF A LICENSE to use the software/data you install/use in the manner specified below, and this license is FOR THE ORIGINAL (NAMED) PURCHASER ONLY. The license is NOT transferrable to 3rd parties. The software and data (but not any free or open source software if provided) remain the property of VisitMyHarbour and must be returned if requested.

2. Allowable purposes:
Chart Images: As an aid to navigation; training; simulation; and planning purposes. Due to the inherent unreliability of non-purpose-built computer equipment in a small craft environment, These electronic charts MUST NOT BE USED AS A STAND ALONE NAVIGATION SYSTEM. This product must always be used in conjunction with with official and updated paper charts and publications.

Programs that can use these charts: Your terms and conditions for using these programs should be studied when you install them. Disclaimer: VisitMyHarbour have no control of these 3rd party programs or their functionality. VisitMyHarbour are only responsible for the charts and have satisfactorily tested them within  Marine Navigator (Android).

Chart Data:
Expiry and Replacement: You are licensed to use this package for the allowable purposes for one year from the date that you purchased it. Any Android installations must done within 12  months of purchase. Charts do not stop working, but must not be used in connection with navigation after 1 year of purchase. The charts are normally stamped in the bottom right hand corner with the date of issue. You are responsible for consulting notices to mariners and any noting any updating required.

Updated Chart packages are released from time to time (at a minimum annually, see website for details). Purchasers of this Android only package may be given a chart update within the first year of purchase.

Installation: You are licensed to install these charts on a maximum of 2 Android devices, within the first year of purchase. 2 unlock codes are provided, one for working, and one backup. Installations are not transferable between devices.

You will lose your chart installation in the following circumstances:
1: You do a "Factory Reset" of the Android device
2: You change the Android operating system
3: You break, lose, damage the Android device

In exceptional circumstances (only within the first year of purchase and at our discretion) , we can manually provide ONE extra emergency activation code. There is a flat charge of £10 for this irrespective of the chartset involved.

Use:  It is forbidden to use this product on more than one device at any one time with the following (useful) exception: You are allowed to install a remote monitor/navigation station, for example in the cockpit. PROVIDING THAT: it cannot work independently of the host machine and is within 300 feet.

Printing: You may be allowed to print A4 chartlets, (by taking a screen-shot on Android), but these are NOT FOR NAVIGATION and for your own personal use only.

Intellectual Property Rights:
All Intellectual Property Rights contained in this product are owned by or licensed to www.visitmyharbour.com. No Intellectual Property Right contained in the product is intended to, and shall not be deemed to, transfer to any person who uses the it. All chart data used in these Unified Charts are Crown Copyright 2017, or copyright SHOM 2017 You are forbidden to copy, pass on, or distribute (in electronic or paper form) any Chart images or data. You are forbidden to attempt to decompile or otherwise interfere with any encryption systems, programs, or content included in this product.
Acknowledgements:
This product has been derived in part from material obtained from the UK Hydrograpic Office with the permission of the UK Hydrographic Office and Her Magesty's Stationery Office and the following authorities :
United Kingdom
.Aberdeen Harbour Board
.Argyll & Bute Council
.Associated British Ports – Ayr & Troon
.Associated British Ports – Barrow
.Associated British Ports – Cardiff & Barry
.Associated British Ports – Fleetwood
.Associated British Ports – Garston
.Associated British Ports – Humber
.Associated British Ports – Ipswich
.Associated British Ports – King’s Lynn
.Associated British Ports – Lowestoft
.Associated British Ports – Newport
.Associated British Ports – Plymouth
.Associated British Ports – Silloth
.Associated British Ports – Southampton
.Associated British Ports – Swansea & Port Talbot
.Associated British Ports – Teignmouth
.Belfast Harbour Commissioners
.Blyth Harbour Commission
.Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners
.Cattewater Harbour Commissioners (Cattewater, Plymouth)
.Chichester Harbour Conservancy
.Clydeport Operations Limited
.Corporation of Trinity House
.Cowes Harbour Commission
.Cromarty Firth Port Authority
.Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority
.Dover Harbour Board
.Falmouth Harbour Commissioners
.First Corporate Shipping Limited (Bristol)
.Folkestone Harbour Company (Folkestone)
.Forth Ports plc
.Fowey Harbour Commissioners
.Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners
.Gloucester Harbour Trustees
.Great Yarmouth Port Authority (Great Yarmouth)
.Hampshire County Council (Hamble, River Hamble)
.Harwich Haven Authority
.Heysham Port Limited
.Highland Council Harbours Authority (Gairloch, Helmsdale,
Kinlochbervie, Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochinver, Portree & Uig)
.Imerys Minerals Ltd (Par)
.Inverness Harbour Trust (Inverness, Inverness Firth)
.King's Lynn Conservancy Board
.Langstone Harbour
.Larne Harbour Limited
.Lerwick Port Authority
.Littlehampton Harbour Board
.Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners
.Lymington Harbour Commissioners
.Manchester Ship Canal Company
.Mersey Docks & Harbour Company (Mersey, Liverpool, Birkenhead)
.Milford Haven Port Authority
.Montrose Port Authority
.Neath Port Authority
.Newhaven Port and Properties Limited
.Northern Lighthouse Board
.Orkney Islands Council
.Padstow Harbour Commissioners
.PD Teesport
.Peel Ports Medway (Port of Sheerness Ltd)
.Peterhead Port Authority (Peterhead Bay, Peterhead Harbour)
.Poole Harbour Commissioners
.Port of Boston Limited
.Port of Cairnryan Limited
.Port of London Authority
.Port of Mostyn Ltd
.Port of Sunderland
.Port of Tyne Authority (Tyne)
.Port of Wisbech Authority
.Port of Workington
.Portland Harbour Authority Limited
.Ports of Truro & Penryn
.Portsmouth Commercial Port
.Salcombe Harbour
.Scrabster Harbour Trust (Scrabster)
.Seaham Harbour Dock Company
.Shetland Islands Council
.Shoreham Port Authority
.Stena Line Ports Limited (Fishguard, Fleetwood, Holyhead, Stranraer)
.Teignmouth Harbour Commission
.Thanet District Council (Ramsgate)
.Torbay Council Marine Services (Tor Bay; Torquay, Brixham,
Paignton)
.Torridge District Council (Bideford)
.Ullapool Harbour Trustees
.Warrenpoint Harbour Authority
.Weymouth & Portland Borough Council
.Whitstable Harbour
Channel Islands
· Jersey Harbours
· States of Alderney Harbour Authority
· States of Guernsey Harbour Authority
Isle of Man
· Isle of Man Harbours Division
Republic of Ireland
· Bantry Bay Harbour Commissioners
· Commissioner of Irish Lights
· Drogheda Port Company
· Dublin Port Company
· Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company
· Galway Harbour Company
· Iarnrod Eireann – Rosslare Europort
· Kinsale Harbour Commissioners (Kinsale)
· Port of Cork Company
· Port of New Ross
· Port of Waterford Company (Waterford)
· Shannon Foynes Port Company (River Shannon, Limerick, Foynes)
· Wicklow Port Company
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