Navigational Software

I am interested in knowing about the navigational software the Dashews use? With such a broad mix of cruising locations I am curious if they use one particular piece of software or a combination of several. I think I recall Steve mentioning in the past that he was using Coastal Explorer but I haven’t seen anything mentioned lately.

My second question relates to the blog itself and the photography they post. The system they use to post to their website seems to allow a nice mix of text as well as the flexibility to post varying degrees of picture quality. They seem to be able to post high resolution slideshows which is a very pleasant change. They are in such wonderful, and at times, remote places it is exceedingly enjoyable to be able to see such exceptionally high quality photography. Is there particular blogging software they use which allows this? It seems that most do not have the ability to post the high res photography.


George Laycock

Hi George:

Thanks for the nice comments. At present we are using Coastal Explorer for navigation. Blogs are written in, and uploaded to WordPress using a program for the Mac OS called MARS. The high res slide shows come from a service called SlideShowPro. We also use SmugMug for serving videos and some slide shows.

Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 29, 2010)

2 Responses to “Navigational Software”

  1. Alan Leslie Says:

    Hi Steve,

    As a follow up on this

    Are you still using Coastal Explorer ?

    I have been a MaxSea user since you sold it to me all those years ago. I just invested in MaxSea Time Zero and I have to say I’m not very impressed. The satellite pictures for the South Pacific are mostly useless – all the islands and ports are covered in cloud ! Therer are no raster charts for this area, only C-Map..

    I knoiw this post is a couple of years old, but I’d be interested to know your current thoughts on PC nav programs.

    Cheers from the Yasawa Islands, Fiji


  2. Steve Dashew Says:

    We like Coastal Explorer a lot. But not having been in the S. Pacific for six years we are not sure what is the best charting system.