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Old 01-20-2021, 05:55 PM   #1
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Not a new boater but am looking forward to experiencing the "big lake" for the first time next summer. I'm perusing the forums trying to educate myself. I see a lot of discussion about the Bizer iphone app. Is there a similar app for us Android folks?
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Old 01-20-2021, 05:57 PM   #2
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Not a new boater but am looking forward to experiencing the "big lake" for the first time next summer. I'm perusing the forums trying to educate myself. I see a lot of discussion about the Bizer iphone app. Is there a similar app for us Android folks?
Navionics works with Android
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Old 01-20-2021, 06:08 PM   #3
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Not a new boater but am looking forward to experiencing the "big lake" for the first time next summer. I'm perusing the forums trying to educate myself. I see a lot of discussion about the Bizer iphone app. Is there a similar app for us Android folks?
Apps are great for route guidance, but to educate yourself you should make sure to get a physical chart as well
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Old 01-20-2021, 06:27 PM   #4
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Apps are great for route guidance, but to educate yourself you should make sure to get a physical chart as well
Agree. Having the physical chart to compliment an electronic plot is well worth it.
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Old 01-20-2021, 06:35 PM   #5
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I have the Bizer chart and have been studying it. I got the impression that having the chart and an app would be a good start.
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For newbies, navigation is a two (wo)man job. Give the chart and the iphone to your navigator. The helmsman should have his/her eyes outside the cockpit, not staring down at something trying to figure out "where are we?" or "What's the next buoy?" Mostly, you can go from flasher to flasher on a straight compass/visual heading. Don't get overworked on this. Pick a point on the far shore and head for it until it is time to turn, say at a flasher, turn, pick a new point and move on. Let your navigator guide you. Don't try to do both jobs, regardless of your (male?) ego.
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Well, I'm not techie enough to install said app let alone use it! The app would be for the navigator aka my wife. I'm probably overthinking this but I have some time on my hands as winter is my slow time and I'm enjoying reading all of your posts about the lake. We have rented a place for a week next summer and plan to bring our pontoon boat and both jet skis up for the week.
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Old 01-21-2021, 07:41 AM   #8
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It is a super fun lake to get to know, especially if you have time to explore during the week when there is less traffic on the lake. I installed a Raymarine Dragonly Pro chartplotter on my boat that runs Navionics. It has a nice big screen and matches up with the Bizer chart well. I tried it on the phone, but the screen was just too small to work. Check out the navionics website, you can view their charts free right online and get to know them!
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It is a super fun lake to get to know, especially if you have time to explore during the week when there is less traffic on the lake. I installed a Raymarine Dragonly Pro chartplotter on my boat that runs Navionics. It has a nice big screen and matches up with the Bizer chart well. I tried it on the phone, but the screen was just too small to work. Check out the navionics website, you can view their charts free right online and get to know them!
I run a Dragonfly 7 in the Wellcraft BR. Going with a Garmin 942SX or 2 in the Tiara. Phone apps are fine, but the contrast is terrible during the day IMO!

If here for just a week, a chart and the phone app will suit the OP.
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For newbies, navigation is a two (wo)man job. Give the chart and the iphone to your navigator. The helmsman should have his/her eyes outside the cockpit, not staring down at something trying to figure out "where are we?" or "What's the next buoy?" Mostly, you can go from flasher to flasher on a straight compass/visual heading. Don't get overworked on this. Pick a point on the far shore and head for it until it is time to turn, say at a flasher, turn, pick a new point and move on. Let your navigator guide you. Don't try to do both jobs, regardless of your (male?) ego.
Truer words never written re piloting and navigation.
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Over the winter you can familiarize yourself some with the lake on the Navionics web app. It's not perfect, but it's good.

https://webapp.navionics.com/#boating@9&key=sudiG~glrL
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