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GPS Devices and Canal Mapping
Do any of the GPS devices include the Canal Network in there database
Thursday,3 October, 2013
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Because we are absolutely new to Narrow Boats and Canal life I am not sure if this question is valid or not, but dConfusedo any of the GPS devices include maps of the Canals and if so are they able to advise a route using them from place to place? 

I ask this because I have to buy a new one and obviously would prefer to buy one that did cater for the canal network.



Thursday,3 October, 2013
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Hi John. Welcome to the forum.

You don’t need to buy a dedicated GPS device. You can buy an app for either Android or iPhone here. They cost £5.99 per area and the navigable waterways, including the Broads are split into nine areas. You can find out more about them here.

You don’t need to go high tech though. With the relevant Pearson or Nicholson guide you can easily tell where you are on the network and what facilities are nearby.

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Thursday,3 October, 2013
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Paul Smith said

You don’t need to go high tech though. With the relevant Pearson or Nicholson guide you can easily tell where you are on the network and what facilities are nearby.

I’ve never felt the need for that sort of thing on the canal, though I have fitted many into vehicles.

As Paul said, a good guide book with added notes is good for me.




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Thursday,3 October, 2013
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It depends what you want to use it for.

Just to find out where you are a map book is fine but Nicholson’s info is hopelessly inaccurate.  The emapp, Paul mentions, is much more accurate for nearby facilities and updates are free (at the moment anyway).  You do not need an internet connection once downloaded.

Waterexplorer is free and Navvygator provides location and logging but you need to buy a gps receiver if you want to use – no info on facilities.

Google have  also mapped the canals fairly recently http://ukwrs.co.uk/gecm/?page_id=7

For route planning canalpln.eu is free and excellent – you can put in your own speeds and lock times

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