Boaters and commercial skippers can with special software and mobile apps to navigate on the Dutch and foreign waterways. There are only a number of free options in this category. On this page are the best free water navigation programs and apps described.
OpenCPN is an open source waternavigatie program for both Linux, Mac and Windows operating systems.
This program is capable of ECN-cards (electronic navigation charts) to access and use for navigation on the water. There is in treaties laid down that each country these maps available. In many cases this is even free. The maps of Rijkswaterstaat in the Netherlands you can find on vaarweginformatie.nl.
OpenCPN is very professionally set up. The user interface is doing and a little bit old-fashioned, but the many functions compensate for this happy fully. Of course, in addition to a laptop with a GPS receiver to use this program to make best use of. These are in the shop and on the internet already to get for around 50 euro.
OpenCPN has the following characteristics:
WinGPS is a free waternavigatie program for Windows computers.
The paid version of WinGPS is together with PC Navigo is the most popular program in this category.
The creators also have a free version released under the name of WinGPS Lite. This has less features and is mainly intended as a first introduction to this type of navigation software. So you can't get routes off, or AIS / NMEA instruments to connect. Therefor, you will first the paid apps need to buy.
WinGPS has the following characteristics:
Download and install one of the versions programs Water navigation for Windows 10 (x32, 64 bit, 86).
Devices: Desktop PC, Laptop (ASUS, HP, DELL, Acer, Lenovo, MSI), Ultrabook
OS 32, 64 bit: Professional, Enterprise, Education, Home Edition, vesions: 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809