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OpenCPN

Open Source Chart Plotter Navigation Software

The software is available for use on PC's and MAC OSX computers (note: cannot be used with IPAD's). 
You can download the software and charts for FREE and use them locally as a chart viewer. 

With the addition of a GPS dongle (listed below) your laptop can become a fully operational chart plotter and with weekly updated chart databases available from NOAA/NOS you will have one of the most powerful tools for assisting the Coast Guard and NOAA in our ATON/PATON verifications and Chart Updating programs. 

OpenCPN install documents 

How to Install OpenCPN program (Chartplotter)

How to install/update OpenCPN charts

 

OpenCPN Software and Plug-in's

  Click here for Windows version 4.6.1 <== Download for class

 Click here for MAC version 4.6.1  <== Download for class

OpenCPN Search Pattern Plug-in <== Download for class

 ENC Object search plug-in   <== Download for class

 OpenCPN VDR or Voyage Data Recorder Plug-in <== Download for class

 Voyage recorder test file from Narragansett Bay  <== Download for class

Google Earth  <== Download for class

NOAA Seamless Raster Charts for GoogleEarth  <== Download for class

G-Raster - Create overlays for Google Earth and your Garmin if "Custom Map enabled"

All OpenCPN Plugin's_

 

 OpenCPN - Waypoints

  1st District PATON list in GPX format Date 9/12/2017 (import into OpenCPN for all PATON's) <== Download for class

 1st District Federal ATON list in GPX format Dated 3/7/2017 (import into OpenCPN for all ATON's)

Save the file locally so you can find it. Start OpenCPN, select route and mark manager, select waypoint, select import GPX, then find the file attached and click OK. This will populate all the 1st District aids as named waypoints in OpenCPN.
 

 

Charts for OpenCPN

 1CGD Raster Charts (ME to NJ) - updated weekly 
You MUST unzip file (350 Meg) before CPN can read them

Use the RNC and ENC link below to download other charts

1CGD ENC (Vector Charts) - updated weekly
You MUST unzip file (150 Meg) before CPN can read them

Use the RNC and ENC link below to download other charts

 9CGD Raster Charts (NY to MI) - updated weekly
You MUST unzip file (350 Meg) before CPN can read them

Use the RNC and ENC link below to download other charts

 Pilot Charts - Northern North Atlantic - the far north part
You MUST unzip file and install in C:\Charts before CPN can read them

 Pilot Charts - Central North Atlantic - the main part.
You MUST unzip file and install in C:\Charts before CPN can read them

 Pilot Charts - Western North Atlantic - the Caribbean.
You MUST unzip file and install in C:\Charts before CPN can read them

 1210TR Chart - Training Chart - NOT FOR NAVIGATION

 

Chart Resources for OpenCPN

NOAA RNC & ENC charts databases

Army Corps of Engineers Inland Charts

 

Hardware for OpenCPN

Note: Links below are provided as an example,
you can purchase them from any vendor as long as the model number is the same.

WAAS GPS Dongle for OpenCPN

GPS Dongle Serial Utility and Drivers <== Download for class

 

GPS loaner available by D1N Auxiliary

Note: Links below are provided as an example,
you can purchase them from any vendor as long as the model number is the same.

Garmin GPS78s

Power cable for Garmin GPS78S

Micro SD Memory Card for Garmin GPS 78S

 

OpenCPN Website

 Chartplotter and GPS Navigation Software
This is a link to the website and their online manuals

OpenCPN Online manual

 


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