Navigation for the modern boater

Orca say’s that their product is your marine co-pilot. It’s […]


Date Posted:

November 8, 2021

Orca say’s that their product is your marine co-pilot. It’s designed for modern boaters, and offers navigation assistance, trip analysis, and ahead-of-time insights for sailors

Orca co-pilot can be used with a  Orca Display or your iOS or Android device.

It is equipped with a navigation processing device, the Orca Core, with GPS, nine-axis gyro, compass, and bi-directional NMEA COM connections.

The usage of multi-function displays has been a struggle, but a new system has reinvented marine navigation with a combination of accurate charts, live weather forecasting, intuitive alerts and auto-route finding. It’s called Orca Co-Pilot.

With wireless internet AND cellular connection, you can update your charts without needing to use SD-cards. Support is also available for mobile devices.

The latest navigational technology: new, self-sufficient gear for your boat

A Norwegian marine tech start-up called Orca has discovered what makes mobile apps so special by asking boat navigators what’s important to them. Nearly three quarters said they went back to their mobile apps to review detailed charts or printouts at times when the chartplotter couldn’t help.

Modern navigational technology lets you stay focused on your surroundings, without distracting yourself with multiple screens and systems. Instead of using manual piloting, try using Orca co-pilot, which provides comprehensive wireless remote piloting to keep you in deck.

With AI technology, you can find the perfect time of day, location, and weather conditions to take your boat out with this new Orca Core. This navigation database features over 70,000 navigational objects in the water column, which includes buoys, lights, charted objects like anchors and pipelines. Be sure to read our full overview article on all of the benefits it has for boaters

Prices start from €449 for the Orca Mobile Kit, which contains the newest navigational technology and a year’s App subscription.

With the Orca Display Kit by Ion, you can track your loved one’s progress in real time. This navigational technology display also acts as an onboard charger with the included wall charger plug.

The latest navigational technology, new gear for your boat. Thereafter a subscription to the cloud services costs €120 per year, and gives access to: continuous chart updates; advanced weather forecasts and monitoring services; cloud-powered automatic routing; cross-device synchronisation and trip analytics with insights into fuel consumption, and early warnings of abnormal engine behaviour.

The B&G App allows users to view up-to-date charts from C-MAP, add personal waypoints, routes and tracks, plus weather updates for the latest on your boat.

A live traffic map is used to calculate routes, including obstacles to reduce risk on the water. The latest navigational tools offer a “premium” service for £48.99 a year that includes GPS location and full navigation; global offline maps; five-day weather forecasting; high resolution bathymetry; custom depth shading; Automatic Identification System (AIS) and shaded relief charts.

For any navigational technology, the B&G App is one of a growing number of new apps that provides a greater degree of connectivity. Mirroring and control allows for a seamless user experience with your chartplotter throughout your trip.

How to use top navigational technology

The App can also be used to turn your phone into a navigational tool. The form factor, the screen and WiFi technology enable a WiFi connection at a wider range of distance. You can read past sailing documentation, get software updates, product news, manuals and ‘how to’ tutorials specific to your registered devices.

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