Route planning with WinGPS 5 Voyager

After informing you about WinGPS 5 Navigator and Pro, we have arrived at the sailing version: WinGPS 5 Voyager.

Laptop navigation with WinGPS 5 Voyager
Something we hear a lot from our sailing customers: one sailboat on the water is pure relaxation. But as soon as another approaches, a contest has started.

The extensive navigational program WinGPS 5 Voyager is developed specifically for and with sailers and helps you sail sharper and faster. Your sailing ship will be used optimally and the contest will be won.

From € 399,-

Choose your polar diagram
In WinGPS 5 Voyager more than 4000 polar diagrams are available. Choose one of these polar diagrams, download the latest GRIB files and plot your desired route. WinGPS 5 Voyager will help you by optimizing your route.

For even better results you can connect an anemometer to your laptop and use the actual wind within the polar diagram. Recording your own polar diagram is also possible with the help of an anemometer. Great when the polar diagram for your ship isn't available!

What is a polar diagram? This is a table with all the optimal sailing speeds of a specific ship at certain courses and wind speeds. While sailing you can immediately check if you reached the optimal speed, or if you need to trim your sail a little bit.

Wind, currents, waves and water heights
Wind, current, waves and water heights all have an influence on your ships' speed. To sail against the current or hit on short high waves is not desirable during a nice sailing trip. By downloading the GRIB files you can see the forecasts for wind, currents, waves and water heights for the next few days. WinGPS 5 Voyager can help you plot an optimized route with the downloaded GRIB files.

Illustration 1: An active polar diagram.

Illustration 2: Plotting an optimized course along the Englisch Channel with GRIB-files.

Actual wind information
Besides the predicted wind you can also see the actual wind information in WinGPS 5 Voyager. This can be done by installing an anemometer on your navigation laptop. The actual, true and apparent wind will be shown as vectors on your ships' position on the chart.

By enabling the 'wind vane' you will see a sort of tail attached to your ships' position. This tail shows the wind speed and direction for the last 20 minutes. Interesting when experiencing a wind shift.

With the built-in 'KNMI weather stations' you will see the actual wind information at all the KNMI wather station sites. The information is updated every ten minutes when a working internet connection is available. Great as extra check for the correctness of the GRIB weather forecasts.

Illustration 3: Your ships' position on the chart in WinGPS 5 Voyager, including vectors for speed, true and apparent wind, laylines, currents, heading and drift.

Older version of WinGPS 5 Voyager?
When your edition of WinGPS 5 Voyager is of 2017 or older you can upgrade to the 2018 edition. In the 2018 edition managing your routes has become easier and new buttons are added for extra customization of your charts and the data, for example tracks, displayed on top. Click here for a complete overview of all new functions and changes going back to WinGPS 5 Voyager 2011.

Available now: DKW Southwest Germany 2018

The 2018 edition of the DKW Southwest Germany is available. Ideal when plotting a beautiful course of Maas-Moselle-Rhein.

In the new edition a lot of changes have been made. Below you will find a list of the most important updates. When you have already bought the chart in the pre-sale, it can be downloaded right away.

New in 2018

  • City names are now shown as waypoints and will rotate along with the chart. Also, the bigger cities are shown with a larger icon which will also show on higher scaling levels.
  • Data has been actualized: buoy positions, sign information and marina contact details have been updated according to the most recent available information.
  • Along the Lahn, interesting campings have been added for pleasure boaters: campings who offer either jetties or rent out canoos and boats to their guests.
  • The waterski and fast-shipping zones have been marked more clearly with a waypoint with added information about the specific location.
  • New detailed charts have been added for harbours.


Click on an image to get a view of the actual chartview within WinGPS.

When you already have the 2017 edition of the DKW Southwest Germany, we offer a special upgrade edition of this chart set for a reduced price. In our webshop, choose the '2017 edition' in the 'upgrade from' option and follow the instructions. If you have the Service Card 2018 you will automatically receive a € 20,- discount which will make the grand total for the upgrade only € 49,90!