Navigating with Android: the WinGPS Marine series

The last few weeks we informed you about navigation on your laptop. Since a couple of years we also provide the option to navigate on Android tablets and smartphones. We want to tell you more about our Android apps.

Navigation on a tablet or smartphone is very useful when you want to be mobile. There is no place onboard where you can't view or change the current navigational information. Chart updates can easily be downloaded via your mobile network or wifi.

In Google Play, your Android devices' app store, you can find the navigation app WinGPS Marine and several chart apps. In this mailing our attention goes to the WinGPS Marine series.


WinGPS Marine Lite
When you install the app WinGPS Marine on your tablet or smartphone, it will start as the free Lite version. By downloading your charts in the app, you will immediately have the tools for a basic navigation system: see your current location, course and speed and mark certain locations by placing a waypoint on the chart.

€ 49,99

WinGPS Marine
When you're starting to get the hang of navigating on a tablet, you will soon realize you want more features. By upgrading to WinGPS Marine you can get started.

Create routes on open water with multiple route points or place your route points on the waterwaynetwork along the inland waters. WinGPS Marine will take the waterway depths and dimensions of bridges and locks into account.

Just before starting your journey, download the latest GRIB files for the weather forecasts and connect your AIS wirelessly. Now you can see the predicted weather and all AIS objects around you without needing an internet connection.

€ 99,99

WinGPS Marine Plus
Are you planning on sailing tidal waters? Or do you want to connect other onboard equipment besides AIS and GPS in WinGPS Marine? You can upgrade to WinGPS Marine Plus.

The well known NLTides, also called HP-33, is also included within WinGPS Marine Plus. With the time bar you can see the stream and tidal information of the Dutch coastal waters on the chart for the entire year.

Connect your anemometer, depth meter, log and compass to a multiplexer with wifi or bluetooth. Your tablet can receive the NMEA data from your onboard equipment wirelessly and all will be shown in WinGPS Marine Plus.

If you already have a license for WinGPS Marine and want to upgrade, you can purchase an upgrade for only € 49,99.

€ 25
Add on for
WinGPS Marine (Plus)

'Kustfijn' model
With this add on you can download highly detailed information for predicted tides and water heights for North Sea, Wadden Sea, Zeeland and the IJsselmeer. The add on is available for WinGPS Marine and WinGPS Marine Plus.

Rijkswaterstaats' depth model is added to the 'Kustfijn' model with the predicted water heights. Making it possible to check the predicted true depths. Enter the depth of your ship and you can see a red line which marks waters that are too shallow to pass. Great in combination with the NLTides while planning a crossing along dry falling areas.

Available for all
WinGPS Marine versions

Android smartwatch app
If you really want to have all navigational information available at all times you can use an Android smartwatch.

You can connect an Android smartwatch with WinGPS Marine on your tablet or smartphone and the smartwatch shows you your current speed and position and also the course to steer and distance to the next waypoint.

By pointing towards a buoy you can add a red course line on your chart in WinGPS Marine. This compass pointer option is activated when you scroll to the rightmost screen in the smartwatch app.

Ideal for regatta sailing!

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Summer sale: 15% discount on 100% Stentec charts

Are you planning to take a trip with your ship? Or are you already sailing and came to the conclusion that your charts are out of date? Profit from our special summer sale:

*This summer sale discount will be deducted automatically and is also applicable for
upgrades, chart sets and individual charts.

Which charts are 100% Stentec charts?


Inland waters:

DKW The Netherlands
Complete, North or South

DKW Belgium

DKW Northern France

DKW Southern France

DKW Northwest Germany

DKW Northeast Germany

DKW Southwest Germany

DKW Danube 1 - West

DKW Danube 2 - Central

DKW Danube 3 - East

DWK Chart set 1:
Netherlands, Belgium & Northern France

DKW Chart set 2:
Northwest, Northeast and Southwest Germany

Coastal waters:

DKW 1800 series
Complete, North, South or individual charts
Including weekly update service

DKW German Bight
Including weekly update service

DKW German Baltic coast

DKW UK1 English and Scottish Eastcoast
Including chart of the North sea

Service Card discount
Are you the proud owner of a WinGPS Service Card 2018? Then on top of this 15% summer discount you will get your € 20,- Service Card discount. An upgrade of the DKW The Netherlands 2017 to the 2018 edition will only cost € 47,92!

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!

WinGPS 5 Pro laptop navigation

Last week we informed you about laptop navigation with WinGPS 5 Navigator, the basic navigation software of the WinGPS 5 series. This week we will shine a light on WinGPS 5 Pro.

Laptop navigation with WinGPS 5 Pro
The Pro version is the navigational software for commercial shipping and pleasure boaters who want more than just basic navigation.

A lot of users usually upgrade from WinGPS 5 Navigator to the Pro version quickly because of all the extra options available in WinGPS 5 Pro. E.g. connecting extra board equipment such as AIS, tidal information and planning multiple day routes or more complex routes.

AIS – see and be seen
From € 299,-
Just looking around the corner of a busy waterway for a quick peek on what's to come is very easy with the use of AIS. While the numbers of AIS users on pleasure ships is increasing mostly all commercial ships are equipped with AIS Using AIS, you can see all large and especially fast vessels in one glance: what is their position, what is their speed and which course are they steering. See illustration 2.

During your trip along the canals, seeing oncoming objects is very handy. By using the course up mode your ship will remain upright on your screen and the chart will turn around it automatically. See illustration 1.

Illustration 1

Illustration 2

Illustration 3

Click on an image for an animated view.

Tidal information
When you are planning on defying the open waters WinGPS 5 Pro can accomodate for water heights and tidal flows. Falling dry or planning a crossing will be possible this way. See illustration 3.

Long voyages through Europe
With the addition of the waterway network for Western Europe you can easily plan a route for multiple days. When planning the route, not only will the software take in to account the dimensions of waterways, bridges and locks, but also the pre-indicated sailing hours. This way you can immediately see the real duration of the trip, and planning an overnight stay in a closeby picturesque village will become child's play.

By downloading the newest shipping notifications in WinGPS 5 Pro, you can immediately see all obstructions along your route. With these notifications you can check if obstructions you came across on earlier trips are still in effect.

Older WinGPS 5 Pro?
When your edition of WinGPS 5 Pro 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 Pro 2011.

WinGPS 5 Voyager
If you are sailing regattas or are planning large sailing voyages you can use WinGPS 5 Voyager, which is specifically designed for sailors. Download the latest wave predictions, wind, current and water heights and plot routes using your own polar diagram. Upgrade from the Pro to WinGPS 5 Voyager now!