Maptech iPlot 4+

Nautical Solutions International, Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 2.4 • 5 Ratings
    • $39.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Maptech iPlot - Real Time Chart Plotting App

The Maptech iPlot app is simple to use chart plotter app that utilizes many of the same routing functions that Maptech uses in their digital software. The iPlot uses the same NOAA nautical charts you are familiar with from Maptech chart plotting programs such as Offshore Navigator, Chart Navigator Pro, Sea Ray Navigator and i3 Navigator. Plan routes, place marks, and easily zoom and scale charts with your fingers. The iPlot features a smooth and fast chart quilting engine that makes going from one chart to the other seamless. Once the app and charts are downloaded no data connection is required for operating the iPlot app.

The Maptech iPlot App purchase includes all US small scale planning charts which can be downloaded from the Chart Download page within the app. To accurately navigate with the Maptech iPlot App you will need to purchase a region of charts for your area of interest. These chart regions can be download from within the app itself from the Chart Download page at an additional cost of $9.99 each. All charts are updated every January and neither the app or the charts require a subscription fee nor will they ever expire.

Features include:

Uses NOAA Raster Charts (RNCs)
Full US Chart Coverage available
Lightning fast chart quilting engine
Unlimited custom routes and marks creation
Index of all routes and marks
Place Mark at vessel function for MOB or an anchor alarm
Instant waypoint with a touch of the finger
Full route list of all waypoints showing instant DTW, BTW and ETA to each
Full mark list showing instant DTW, BTW and ETA to each
Reverse route function
Easy method for inputting your already created routes
Unique route steering by highway display page
Adjustable waypoint arrival time
Easy to read data windows for COG, SOG, HDG, BTW, RTW, XTE
Easy locate vessel button
Orientations include heads up, north up, look ahead
Choose bearings True or Magnetic
Import/Export from Offshore Navigator
Maptech facilities
WIFI AIS targets

Chart Regions:
Region 02 - Block Island, RI to the Canadian Border
Region 03 - New York to Nantucket and Cape May, NJ
Region 04 - Chesapeake and Delaware Bays
Region 06 - Norfolk, VA to Florida including the ICW
Region 07 - Florida East Coast and the Keys
Region 08 - Florida West Coast and the Keys
Region 10 - Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Region 12 - Southern California: Point Arena to the Mexican Border
Region 13 - Lake Michigan
Region 14 - San Francisco to Cape Flattery
Region 15 - Pacific Northwest: Puget Sound to the Canadian Border
Region 17 - Mobile, AL to the Mexican Border
Region 22 - Lake Superior and Lake Huron (U.S. Waters)
Region 24 - Lake Erie (U.S. Waters)
Region 26 - Lake Ontario (U.S. Waters)
Region 30 - Southeast Alaska
Region 32 - South Central Alaska: Yakutat to Kodiak
Region 34 - Alaska: The Aleutians and Bristol Bay
Region 36 - Alaska: Norton Sound to Beaufort Sea
Region 40 - Hawaiian Islands and U.S. Territories

If your iPad was purchased with the ability to subscribe to a data plan from your provider, it already has a built in GPS and does not require a Wi-Fi or external GPS to navigate with the iPlot app. You can tell this easily by looking at the top display bar to see if you have the indicator bars for cell strength, if you do then you have a GPS built in. If not, your iPad does not have a built in GPS and you will need to turn on location services and Wi-Fi capability to receive your location to navigate with the iPlot app. However, if you plan on using this outside of urban areas where there is no location services network, you will lose the ability to track your position. It is highly recommended that if you plan on using the Maptech iPlot for real time navigation and your unit is one without a GPS that you use it with an external plug in or bluetooth GPS. We recommend the Bad Elf GPSs. We also recommend Snow Lizard Products iPad cases which have optional Bad Elf GPS receivers built in.

What’s New

Version 1.10.5

Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

2.4 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Rocker Ronnie ,

Not Ready for Prime Time

This is nowhere near the level of Navionics. It's cheaper, but not a good value.

I saw it at the Annapolis Sailboat Show last weekend and bought it for a feature I like that Navionics doesn't have. That's the dashboard, which shows COG, SOG, and XTRK, time to next WP, etc., which I can use when racing.

But this thing isn't stable. The maps are crude downloads of free US charts. They jump around. It's not a smooth app. Maybe I'll be able to use it in the limited context of a few race waypoints.

It's inspired me to write to Navionics and ask them to add a racing module, maybe they'd charge ten bucks for that.

But this app isn't the solution to your cruising chart needs. Get Navionics or Garmin BlueChart.

Kevin - Newport, RI ,

Best Nav App Ever

I have used many navigation apps over the years and thought I was using the best one until a friend asked me to help him take his boat down to Hilton Head. His primary chart plotter died and he pulled out his iPad and started using Maptech iPlot. I was surprised at the amount of features it had and even more surprised on the ease of use. I have never used an easier navigation app before. I especially liked that it used the NOAA raster charts. I enjoyed using it so much I bought it and am using myself now.

Boater63 ,

Can’t download updated charts

The app tells me there is an update to the chart I purchased, but doesn’t give a download option, all I can do is delete.

App Privacy

The developer, Nautical Solutions International, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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