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MaxSea TZ Trials on Biscay 2012

I thought I would just post a final word on my experiences using the MaxSea TZ software this year.

My wife and I sailed over 1300nm as a couple from the UK to Portugal and then on the return trip I was accompanied by 2 family members and one professional crew. All in all 2600nm and 13 ports of entry and departure to plan for during a summer that was at best “changeable”.

I used MaxSea TZ software in “Home Planning” mode rather than “Navigation” mode since I relied on my brand new Raymarine e125 hybrid touch for

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2 comments to MaxSea TZ Trials on Biscay 2012

  • Russ,
    Two questions:
    What would you recommend ilo MaxSea for a Mac based laptop as I believe MaxSea has no software for Mac.
    Did you ever address the Raymarine e125 as indidcated you would in your 8/5/2012 blog?
    Phil

  • Hi Phil

    You are correct that MaxSea does not support MAC OS. Shame really since it was originally “MacSea” which was later changed to MaxSea when ported over to PCs, about the time that Furuno got involved.

    There is some good info here http://www.bellaluna.biz/tag/maxsea/ however from a sailor that says he has it running on his iPad.

    I have been impressed by the software from Polar Navy however, http://www.polarnavy.com/ – although I havent used it in a live situation, but it does have a MAC OS version. PolarNavy also supports Active Captain which is very useful in US waters.

    With regard to the e125. I have been putting off writing my notes up because I am so disapointed in the product and I dont want to say something that is not very carefully worded. The bottom line is that I wish I had not wasted my money on this unit. It will be good one day – but not right now. If you are looking to upgrade and stay within the raymarine product line invest in the older E series range which is now tried and tested.

    If you want to upgrade you chartplotter and use MaxSea the have a look at the Furuno range which has MaxSea built in.
    http://www.furuno.com/special/en/navnet2/maxsea.html

    Hope these comments help.

    All the best
    Russ

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MaxSea TZ – Route planning & re-planning….repeatedly….

This is the fifth post so far on the use of MaxSea TZ on passage.

Previous posts are:

Navigation Software Trials in Biscay 2012

MaxSea TZ – Downloading weather data on your sat phone 1 of 2

MaxSea TZ – Downloading weather data on your sat phone 2 of 2

MaxSea TZ – Displaying weather data by received by email

As I have said before, just so readers get my comments in context, please note that my critique is simply that – it is not a condemnation of MaxSea TZ –

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MaxSea TZ–Displaying weather data by received by email

This is the third post so far on the use of MaxSea TZ on passage.

Previous posts are:

MaxSea TZ – Downloading weather data on your sat phone 1 of 2

MaxSea TZ – Downloading weather data on your sat phone 2 of 2

Just so readers get my comments in context, please note that my critique is simply that – it is not a condemnation of MaxSea TZ – far from it, I hope to end this series by making sure I record what I think is so brilliant about MaxSea TZ and why

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MaxSea TZ – Downloading weather data on your sat phone 2 of 2

Critique 2:

So having requested the weather file – remember you are at sea – you then log off your sat phone and log on some time later.

…lets hope the signal is clear.

 

This is the credit I had before the call to download the email with the MaxSea grib file attached…..107 Minutes This (above) shows the download of the email and the size of the attachment and the duration of the call… This is the sat phone call in progress…the extra time is for the authentication … before

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MaxSea TZ – Downloading weather data on your sat phone 1 of 2

As  I mentioned in my previous post I am participating in the Rally Portugal 2012 – which is currently holed up un Falmouth!…We should haver left 3 days ago, crossing Biscay heading for Baiona in Spain – but extreme weather in the By has meant that "discretion has been the better part of valour”.

While in port I have had access to the internet and a variety of Grib file services (Ugrib and zyGrib) or the UK Met Office or the Magic Seaweed site. I can use either marina based Wifi or even my 3G Apple iPhone to connect

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