Tips for using a SD card with WinGPS Marine.

  1. Update WinGPS Marine to the newest version from the Google Playstore.
  2. Restart WinGPS Marine.
  3. Choose 'Yes' when WinGPS Marine prompts the message if you want to us a SD card.* (Illustration 1)
  4. Click 'OK' in the next screen. (Illustration 2)
  5. Select your SD card from the menu on the left.** (Illustration 3)
  6. Click 'Select SD card' at the bottom of the screen.

When you went through all the above steps successfully, your charts will be copied to the SD card. When all files are copied, all original files will still be available on the internal memory of your device. These can be removed safely by deleting the 'DKW2' from the root directory of your device.

*When you chose 'No' you can still change this option at any given time via 'Menu - Settings - Advanced'. (Illustration 4)

**With some devices the list with storage device won't be visible immediately. Click on the menu icon (top left) or the menu button on your device to make this visible (Illustration 5). If your SD card doesn't show up in the list, click on the three dots on the top right of your screen and afterwards 'show SD card'.



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Activating your SD card with Android 4

  1. Update WinGPS Marine to the newest version from the Google Playstore.
  2. Restart WinGPS Marine.
  3. Go to Chart management, click on a chart you want to download and click on 'download' at the top right of the screen.
  4. Choose 'Yes' when WinGPS Marine prompts the message if you want to us a SD card.* (Illustration 1)

*When you chose 'No' you can still change this option at any given time via 'Menu - Settings - Advanced'. (Illustration 4)

When you went through all the above steps successfully, your charts will be copied to the SD card.

Please mind: the above steps are only meant to be used when activating a SD card in WinGPS Marine in combination with Android 4.


If you are still having problems after going through the above steps please contact our helpdesk via helpdesk@stentec.com.

Installation of WinGPS 5 and DKW charts (Windows).
After you have purchased WinGPS 5, it is important that you install the product correctly on your PC. By following the steps below you will be assured that the most important elements will be installed and set.


1. WinGPS 5 - Installation

  1. Go to the download overview in your Stentec account.
  2. Here you will find the version of WinGPS 5 which is available for you to download. Click on the download button next to it.
  3. Open the downloaded setup file.
  4. Select the language which you want to use during the installation and click 'OK'.
  5. Click 'Next'.
  6. Enter your license number and click 'Next'.
  7. You can find your license numbers in the e-mail you have received after the purchase of the product, or in the activation overview in your Stentec account.

  8. Choose the folder where you want to install the product. If you don't have a prefered folder, you can choose the default chart folder. Click 'Next'.
  9. Enter a name for the folder in which you can start WinGPS 5 from the Windows start menu. If you don't have a prefered folder, you can choose the default folder name. Click 'Next'.
  10. Click ‘Install’ to start the installation.
  11. After the installation is finished, click 'OK'.


2. WinGPS 5 - Activation


At the first installation on a new system, WinGPS 5 needs to be activated:

  1. Start WinGPS from your desktop.
  2. Click 'Activate WinGPS 5'.
  3. Click 'Activate'.
  4. Select 'Activate via internet’ and click 'Next'.
  5. Select 'I already have a Stentec account' and click 'Next'.
  6. Enter the e-mail address and password of your Stentec account and click 'Activate'.
  7. Click 'OK'.


3. WinGPS 5 - Updating


Start WinGPS 5 from your desktop. If there are available updates, WinGPS 5 will open the News centre automatically and an announcement will appear regarding available updates. Click 'Update all' to download and install all the updates at once.

If the News centre is not starting automatically, you can open it manually via 'Help - Open news centre'. If the News centre still isn't opening it is possible a virus scanner installed on your PC is blocking it. The virus scanner will block the communication between our servers and your PC. You can turn off your virus scanner temporarily, or try adding WinGPS to your 'trusted programs' in the virus scanner.


4. DKW Manager - Installation


To install the DKW charts, you must install the DKW Manager, which will then download and install the charts for you.

  1. Download the setup file for the DKW Manager via this link.
  2. Open the downloaded setup file.
  3. Select the language which you want to use during the installation and click ‘OK’.
  4. Click ‘Next’.
  5. Choose the folder where you want to install the product. If you don't have a prefered folder, you can choose the default chart folder. Click 'Next'.
  6. Click ‘Install’.
  7. After the download is finished, click ‘OK’.

5. DKW Manager - Installing DKW charts

  1. Open the DKW Manager from your desktop.
  2. Click 'Install/update'.
  3. Choose 'DKW2 charts from the internet' and click 'Next'.
  4. Enter the e-mail address and password of your Stentec account, check the box 'remember me' and click 'Next'.
  5. Select the charts you want to download and install, and click 'Next'.
  6. If there are no charts listed, please check if your virus scanner or firewall is blocking the communication of the DKW Manager. Try to disable it temporarily and try again.

  7. Choose the folder where you want to install the product. If you don't have a prefered folder, you can choose the default chart folder. Click 'Next'.
  8. After the installation is finished, click 'OK'.


6. WinGPS 5 - Ship properties

  1. Start WinGPS from your desktop.
  2. Go to 'File - Properties - Ship'.
  3. Choose your ship type.
  4. Go to the tab 'Dimensions'.
  5. Enter all dimensions of your ship.
  6. Click 'OK'.

7. WinGPS 5 - GPS receiver

WinGPS 5 Lite & Navigator:

  1. Make sure that you have installed the correct drivers for your GPS receiver.
  2. The setup file for the drivers can be found on the supplied CD-Rom. If you don’t have this CD-Rom, try to find the driver on the website of the manufacturer. If you purchased the GPS receiver at Stentec (BU-353s4 or MR-350) you can download the driver via this link.

  3. Start WinGPS 5 from your desktop.
  4. Go to 'GPS - Properties'.
  5. Click 'Autodetect'.
  6. When the detection is completed, click 'Apply'.
  7. Click 'OK'.
  8. Go to 'GPS - Communication'.

When installating a GPS receiver for the first time it can take up to 15 minutes before a correct fix can be made. Make sure the GPS receiver is placed outside or close to a window for the best result.

WinGPS 5 Pro of Voyager:

  1. Make sure that you have installed the correct drivers for your GPS receiver.
  2. The setup file for the drivers can be found on the supplied CD-Rom. If you don’t have this CD-Rom, try to find the driver on the website of the manufacturer. If you purchased the GPS receiver at Stentec (BU-353s4 or MR-350) you can download the driver via this link.

  3. Go to 'Instruments - Instrument manager'.
  4. If the Instrument manager is grey and you can't click on it, you will need to stop the communication via 'Instruments - Communication'.

  5. Click 'Ports' and select the correct COM port by clicking on it.
  6. Click in the white area of the window to place the COM port.
  7. Drag a line between both the circles of the COM port and the GPS receiver. You can do this by clicking and holding on one circle and then moving your mouse to the other circle.
  8. Click 'OK'.
  9. Go to 'GPS - Communication'.

When installating a GPS receiver for the first time it can take up to 15 minutes before a correct fix can be made. Make sure the GPS receiver is placed outside or close to a window for the best result.

How to make NOAA charts available offline with WinGPS 5 or WinGPS Marine

Since the 2016 update of WinGPS 5 and WinGPS Marine you got the possibility to load the NOAA charts from the chart manager. To view these charts however, you need to have a working internet connection on your device.

It is also possible to manually add NOAA charts to your version of WinGPS, making it possible to view the charts even without a connection to the internet. Below you will find a description on how to do this.

  1. Go to the NOAA chart locator and make sure you are searching within the 'Paper charts (RNC & PDF)'.
  2. Select the chart you want to install by clicking on it in the chart viewer (See image below). In this example we chose chart '5161: Newport - Bermuda'.

Click on the image for a larger view.
  1. Click on 'RNC', found at 'available products'. A new page will open containing the user agreement. Click 'OK' to download the Zip file.
  2. Extract the Zip file by clicking it with the right mouse button and clicking 'Extract all'. A new folder will be created with the same name as the Zip file.
  3. Open DKW Manager and choose 'Install/Update - BSB charts'. Click 'Browse' and locate the folder you just created. In this example: ..\Downloads\5161\BSB_ROOT\5161\ Click 'Next'.
  4. Select the charts you want to install and click 'Next'.
  5. Choose wether you want the charts in a new chart set or an existing set:
  6. When this is your first time installing NOAA charts we advise on choosing a new chart set. At 'chart set name' enter the same name as was shown in the previous screen (in this example 'Newport - Bermuda') accompanied with the month and year of the edition (when updating later on you will always know which are the newest chart sets). If you are planning a future trip, it is also possible to enter a name referring to this trip.

    If you want all NOAA charts in the same chart set or are planning a future trip, you can choose to install the new charts in an existing set.

  7. Click 'Install'. The chart will now be made available within WinGPS 5. Restart your version of WinGPS 5 after installation and you will find your chart in the chart manager via: 'charts - chart manager - main chart viewer'. Within your chart viewer, go to the location of the chart to view the actual chart or to zoom in or out for extra or less detail.

Installing in WinGPS Marine

For installing the NOAA charts on an Android device it is necessary you follow all of the above steps first. Make sure WinGPS Marine is installed on your device and is updated to the newest version.

  1. The chart you installed has been changed by DKW Manager into a DKW2 file. If you chose to install the charts in the default folder the DKW2 files can be found on your PC via:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Stentec\Charts\DKW2\_BSB\BSBModule\
  2. Copy the files found in this folder to your Android device into the folder \DKW2\User\ Depending on your settings this folder can be found either on the internal device storage or on you SD card.
  3. Restart WinGPS Marine as soon as the copying has finished and the charts will be available within the chart manager.

If the charts are not available after going through these steps, please contact our helpdesk via the helpdesk - contactform.

Installing NV-Verlag charts for WinGPS 4 or 5.
Follow the steps below to make your purchased NV Verlag charts available for WinGPS or 5 (Windows).

Installation and registration on the hard drive

  1. Download the charts from www.nvcharts.com and open these files.If you have a CD or USB stick: place the disk or usb stick in the drive. If the set-up does not start automatically, Go through 'Start - My computer- CD-rom drive' or USB port and double click the program 'Setup.exe'.
  2. Select your language, accept the license agreement and fill in the registration form. (you can find your product ID in the CD-cover)
  3. For online registration click the “Online” button and follow the on-screen instructions to register the charts. For offline registration click the “Offline” button and follow the on-screen instructions to register the charts.
  4. Choose the directory where you want to install the charts. Default the setup c:\chartkit\bsbcharts\. We advise you to install the charts in a directory with the chart-set-name. That way it is easier to separate different chart sets (for example: c\chartkit\bsbcharts\NV1-2016 for the NV Serie 1 edition 2016 (Kieler Bucht chart set). Now click “install” to start the chart installation.

Prepare the charts for usage with WinGPS 4 or 5

  1. To be able to install the charts you need DKW Manager which can be downloaded here.
  2. Start DKW Manager and click 'install/update', 'BSB charts' and click 'Next'.
  3. Select the option 'Install from a folder on the hard drive' and open the folder used in step 4 of this manual. Click 'Ok' and 'Next'.
  4. DKW Manager will now show the charts found in the folder. Click 'Next'.
  5. Choose 'Install to a new chart set' and enter the chart set name. For the NV1 you can use 'NV1-Kieler Bucht'. By doing this you can easily separate the charts in WinGPS 4 or 5.
  6. Choose 'Install' and the charts will be installed.

Note: If the charts are not shown in WinGPS after the steps above, please close and then start WinGPS again. When the charts are still not shown in WinGPS, please contact our helpdesk using our contact form.

Tips for offline chart installation

Necessary equipment:

  • USB drive
  • A laptop or PC with internet connection

Creating a back-up USB drive:

  1. Download our Software installer via this link.
  2. Open the setup file and open the program after installation.
  3. Choose ‘create/update installation backup’ and fill in your stentec account in the next screen.
  4. The following step is giving the file location for the backup: select the USB drive in the file browser.
  5. Choose which programs and charts you want to backup/install on the USB drive.
  6. Please mind: Always choose to install the DKW Manager, this will ensure your offline computer has the newest version installed.

  7. Choose ‘Make backup for another computer’.
  8. Insert the hardware key of your offline computer. You can find the correct hardware key in WinGPS via ‘help - about’.
  9. If you don't have the hardware key available choose 'create backup without activating'. Choosing this option will require temporary internet connectivity on your other PC for activation. For example, you could use a smartphone with a hotspot, internet connectivity will only take about 2 minutes and nearly no data traffic.

Finishing the above steps will create a ready to use USB drive. Take this drive to your offline computer and connect it.

installing from a back-up USB drive:

  1. Open the Stentec Installer from the drive and choose 'Install from backup'.
  2. Choose 'install from found backup'. If this option isn't available click 'browse' and select the USB drive.
  3. Select the items you want to install.
  4. Choose the location for the files to be installed. Preferrably use the default folder.

After installation, start WinGPS from your desktop and everything will be ready for use.

Frequently asked questions
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General

WinGPS 5 or WinGPS Marine?

When choosing the navigation software, you can choose between WinGPS 5 and WinGPS Marine. WinGPS 5 is intended for use on a Windows device, such as a laptop or board PC. The advantage of this version with respect to the WinGPS Marine is that there is also a route planner including all bridge and lock information with pictures, operating hours and contact information. In addition, from WinGPS 5 Pro, you can connect an AIS, wind meter, depth meter, log, compass and an autopilot.

WinGPS Marine is intended for use on an Android device, such as a tablet or smartphone. This navigation software is slightly less extensive than WinGPS 5, but it is also a little less expensive. This app can be used on an Android device, for example a 10" tablet, but they are also available in larger sizes and waterproof.


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Can I connect my board instruments to WinGPS?

Yes, it is possible to connect board instruments to WinGPS 5 Pro and WinGPS Marine.

If you have one device you would like to connect, you can do this via the enclose cabling or via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth network. If you have multiple devices like AIS, GPS, wind meter, depth meter, log or compass, you can connect them all to a multiplexer. This multiplexer can be connected to the laptop or computer via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB. If you want to connect it to the Android tablet, it must be connected to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. All data from your instruments are then displayed in WinGPS.


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Can I connect AIS to WinGPS?

Yes, it is possible to connect AIS to WinGPS 5 Pro, WinGPS 5 Voyager, WinGPS Marine and to WinGPS Marine Plus.

Take a look on our website at 'hardware' for our AIS advice form. This tool can help you choose the right AIS device within a few steps.

You can connect AIS to WinGPS 5 Pro or Voyager with the enclosed cables, via internal Wifi or Bluetooth, or via a multiplexer. Make sure you have installed all the nessecary drivers. After the AIS is connected and your laptop recognizes the AIS, you will need to create a connection in WinGPS 5 Pro at 'instruments manager'.

You can connect AIS in WinGPS Marine or Marine Plus via internal Wifi or Bluetooth, or via a multiplexer. You don't have to install any drivers. Create a connection between the tablet and the AIS and select the right connetions in WinGPS Marine at 'settings - instruments'.


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WinGPS Marine: General

What are the system requirements?

The charts can be stored on a SD card. If you are using WinGPS Marine on a tablet or smartphone without the possibility of an SD card, we recommend that you use a device with at least 16GB of internal storage. This allows you to use other apps in addition to WinGPS and your chart(s).

Minimal required is Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Most tested is Android 5, 6 and 7. To let the charts run along with your position you need to have an internal GPS or a Bluetooth connection with a Bluetooth GPS.

To use the route network, you must have at least 2 GB of random access memory(RAM). It's important that your tablet allows the app to use the full RAM and not limit it to, for example, 512 MB.


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What is the difference between WinGPS Marine Lite and the DKW Chart apps?

WinGPS Marine Lite can do the same as the DKW Chart apps, only it can also read/load other charts from your Stentec user account. Additionally, WinGPS Marine Lite can display multiple chart sets. In the chart manager, you can, by swiping to the right, find the download menu. Here you can find the available chart sets. These can be downloaded and deleted to clear the memory of your tablet.

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How do I upgrade to the paid version of WinGPS Marine?

WinGPS Marine can be purchased in our online shop using your Stentec account. Once the order is completed, this version of WinGPS Marine will be linked to your Stentec account. Now go to the tablet / smartphone, install WinGPS Marine (free version in Google Play) and log in with this Stentec account (if you have not already done so). The app will now automatically become the paid version.

If you have logged in to the account with a different account than the one you placed the order with, please remove the app and reinstall it so that you'll be requested to fill in your account information again. Do you already have linked charts to your other account? Then contact us and we will merge the two accounts for you.


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What are the abbreviations used in the settings screen and instrument monitor?

The following abbreviations are customary in navigation:
  • SOG= Speed Over Ground
  • COG= Course Over Ground
  • CTS= Course To Steer
  • DTG= Distance To Go
  • TTG= Time To Go
  • ETA= Estimated Time of Arrival
  • DMS= Display of GPS position LAT/LON in Degrees Minutes Seconds. Default is DM.

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Where can I fill in the measurements of my ship?

Go to 'Menu - Settings - Your ship'. Fill in the details of your ship. This information will be used when planning a route.


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WinGPS Marine: Charts

Is it possible to use the charts from the DKW Chart apps for WinGPS 5 on my PC or laptop?

Yes, that's possible. You are entitled to install and activate the chart on 2 different systems. For example, one on your tablet and one on your navigation laptop. This is done as follows:
  1. When you install the DKW Charts app, you will be asked to enter your Stentec account. This will link the charts to your account. Log in at www.stentec.com and will find your products in the activation overview.
  2. If you want to install the charts on your navigation laptop, this can be done with the DKW Manager. You can download this for free via this link. After installing DKW Manager: click 'install / update', then choose 'install via internet' and follow the steps.
  3. For optimal use, we recommend that you always use one Stentec account. This will give you all the updates that you are entitled to and you can manage your own license codes.

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I already have DKW Charts installed on my PC. Can I also use these on my tablet or smartphone?

The charts you use on your WinGPS 5 navigation laptop can also be used on your Android tablet or smartphone. First, download 'WinGPS Marine' in Google Play. Open this app and enter your Stentec account which you used to installed the charts on your navigation laptop. Go to the menu and to 'chart management'. In the most left screen you can find the charts that can be downloaded from your account. Click on the chart and then 'download' at the top right.

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Is it possible to use WinGPS Marine Lite without DKW charts?

Yes, this is possible if you have a working internet connection. If you have no charts installed on your tablet, or no charts available on your Stentec account you can use the default ESRI chart. The ESRI charts cover the whole world. Beware that these charts will use your mobile internet connection (Wifi or your mobile data plan) and are not meant for navigation. These charts can, for example, be used to test the app.

It is also possible to download free DKW Charts: New Zealand and the Frisian Lakes are official up to date nautical charts and can be downloaded for free.


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Can the DKW 1800 app replace my paper charts from the Dutch Hydrographic office?

Yes, this is the purpose of the DKW 1800 app. With our weekly BaZ update service we guarantee the most up-to-date charts during the edition year. If folio's are renewed by the Hydrographic office you will automatically receive an update.

The 1800 series of the Hydrographic office are since 2013 not continued as a paper charts. The still available charts are not safe to use for navigation because they are outdated if you did not update the BaZ by hand weekly.

Compared to the paper sets, the charts in your app will automatically show your location if your GPS is enabled. The log of your position will automatically be tracked. You can set this up to 5 days.

You can create your own waypoint, give it a name, and sail to this waypoint using a course to steer (CTS) and see the distance to go (DTG).


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What do the blue triangles mean on the Wadden sea?

The blue triangles are depth measurements of Rijkswaterstaat (the Dutch government). These are updated monthly. Clicking on it or double-clicking will give you more information. For example, the Boontjes Drempel Noordzijde. This was launched by Rijkswaterstaat on 13-11-2013. At low tide (LAT) the depth is 2,66 meter. The tide runs 5 minutes ahead of the Harlingen reference station (at + it runs behind).

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What are those red lines on my chart and how do I remove them?

The red lines are most likely your sailed tracks or self-made routes. These can be turned off or removed in the menu at 'route manager' or 'track manager'.

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Why can't I see any buoys on my chart?

Some charts are grid charts, in which the buoys are processed, and some charts are hybrid charts, in which buoys are like a waypoint layer across the grid map.

The DKW 1800 series is an example of a grid chart. If you do not see any buoys on this, you can look at the menu in 'chart manager'. Turn on the 1800 series charts and go the right-hand screen, here you will see all individual charts. Turn off the overview charts, for example the 1801.01 and the 1803.01. As a result, these overview charts do not cover the detailed charts and you will see all available details, including buoys.

The Inland charts are hybrid charts. The buoys are like a waypoint layer on the grid map. If you do not see any buoys, check the waypoints at the top left 'eye'. You can also look at the menu at 'waypoint manager' to see if the necessary waypoints are (also swipe to the left and right to see more options). If you do not see any waypoints here, the chart may not be fully downloaded. When you restart the app, you will be asked to download the remaining part.

It is also possible that another chart, on a larger scale, is blocking your detailed chart. Therefore, look at the chart manager to see which charts are checked. Make sure you only check the charts that you currently use.


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How do I remove old charts?

Charts that are old or that you won't be using the next period can be better removed to empty your storage. To do this, go to the 'chart manager' menu and go to the far left screen. The charts with a check mark behind it are installed. Click the chart that you want to delete, then click 'Delete' (top right).

Note: You will first be asked if you want to delete the chart. Choose 'Yes'. Then you will be asked if you want to keep the chart files. If you really want to delete the chart, we recommend selecting 'No' so that all files are actually deleted from your device.

Charts who are not correctly installed have a exclamation point behind the name in 'Chart manager'. Close and start the app to download the rest of the chart, or remove the chart as mentioned above.


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Can I follow my GPS position?

The chart view will automatically follow your location if you have a GPS fix and pushed the 'follow' button in the upper right of the chart screen. This is the button with four arrows. Your ship will be in the middle of the screen, and you can't drag the chart view anymore.

If you click the follow button again you will turn the 'follow mode' off. If you have the paid version of WinGPS Marine, you can set the tracking mode. This can be done by the 'eye' (top left chart screen).


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Can I see the operating times for the bridges and locks?

To see the operating times of bridges and locks, you must turn on the route network. This is done in the menu under 'Settings - Route network'. Once you double click on a bridge or lock you will see all available information.

Note that in order to use the route network, you must have at least 2 GB of working memory.


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WinGPS Marine: Navigeren

How to place a waypoint and how to navigate to this waypoint?

Create a waypoint by pressing the chart for a few seconds. A point with a white disc is created. This disc can be shifted to position the waypoint very precisely. In WinGPS Marine Lite, the first waypoint you create will be the Go-To-Waypoint and will be linked to your current position. The app will show the course to steer (CTS) and distance (DTG) in the instrument info screen in the upper right corner. This also shows your current course and speed and the estimated time of arrival (ETA).

You can give each waypoint their own name and sub name. This can be done by double-clicking or editing in the waypoint menu. You can delete a waypoint by pressing it for a few seconds and dragging it to the trash (bottom left).

If you press 'stop waypoint editing' you can start navigating to the waypoint. Click on a waypoint for a few seconds and choose 'Navigate to..'.


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How do I change the units from nautical (nmiles or knots) to inland (meters or km/h)?

Go to settings, and select Inland instead of Nautical. Here you can also adjust the distance circles for your GPS cursor: 50 meter is 0,05km.

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How to plot a route?

A route is made by pressing your finger on the chart for a few seconds. A menu appears, choose 'Create route'. The first route point is on the map now. Move this to the correct location. Again, click on another location on the chart, a second route point will be placed.

While placing a route point on the route network, you can hold the route point with your finger and move it over the route network. You will see the color of the route point changing. When the route point is red during moving it, it's not placed correctly on the route network. Move the point a bit; when it's grey you can release the route point, because it is now correctly on the route network.

Click on the route line between two route points to add a route point. Any route point can still be moved by clicking and dragging. If you want to delete the route point, drag it to the trash in the bottom left.

When you finish editing the route, click on 'stop route editing'. Your route is available in the menu at 'Route Manager'.


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Why is this route line pink instead of red?

A pink route line means that your ship can not sail on the waterway. A red route line means your ship can sail there. Place a route point on the route and move it to a waterway where you can / are allowed to sail.


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How to navigate to one point on the chart?

You can navigate to a waypoint by clicking on this point with your finger (for a few seconds), after which you can choose either 'start' or 'navigate to..'. A line is now being drawn from your GPS position to the point. Also, in the upper right corner of the instrument info screen, you will see the course to steer (CTS) and distance (DTG).


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I don't see any waypoints or names of the cities and waters.

The waypoints or waypoints text labels can be turned on at the 'eye' at the upper left corner of your chart screen. The waypoints and names will only be visible if you enable the waypoint group at the waypoint manager.

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I don't see the route network.

The route network is built into WinGPS Marine and WinGPS Marine+ from the version 2.76. To use the route network, your tablet or phone must have at least 2 GB of memory and also make this memory(RAM) available to WinGPS Marine. Using the route network, you can easily calculate the shortest route. Once you start WinGPS Marine version 2.76 (or newer) for the first time, the app checks whether your device has sufficient memory. You will be notified when this does not appear to be the case.

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Can I turn the route network off?

Go to 'Menu - Settings - Route Network'. If you do not use the route network at all, for example, when you are at sea, you can turn it off here. At the bottom, parts of the route network can be turned on or off. Only the charts you have installed will give you the option to turn on / off the route network. The fewer network parts are turned on, the faster the app will be.


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Can I make my routes invisible?

Go to 'Menu - Route Manager'. Here you will find all the routes you have created. It is advisable to only mark the routes you are currently using. The rest of the routes can be erected (made invisible) by un checking the box or removed by selecting the route and click on 'delete' in the upper right corner.


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How to export the routes, tracks or waypoints from my laptop to my tablet, or the other way around?

From laptop to tablet: export the files from WinGPS 5, via 'file - export'. Choose .gpx and select the files you want to transfer. At the last step, choose the location where you want to save the file. Then copy the file from that location to your tablet, or email it to your tablet. Then open the file on your tablet, after which you will get the question: What app do you want use to open this file? Choose WinGPS Marine and the files will appear in the app.

From tablet to laptop: go to the menu and to the manager of the file you want to export to the laptop. Select the file by clicking on it (if you want to select multiple files at once, press on the file for a few seconds after which you can click and select multiple files). Then click on your tablet's menu button and select 'Export GPX'. Choose for a medium that you want to export the file with, such as email. Open the email on your laptop and download the file. Then, in WinGPS 5 on the laptop, select 'file - import' and choose .gpx. Follow the steps and your files are imported in WinGPS 5.


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How to show GRIB files (weather forecast) on my chart?

First, make sure you have an internet connection. Take the area for which you want weather forecasts on your screen and go to the menu and then to 'Meteo & Tide'. Here, at NOAA, click on (for example) 'wind' and choose 'YES'. The GRIB files are now going to be downloaded.

If you do not see any wind arrows on the chart, you can turn the 'meteo' on at the 'eye' (top left). With the timeline (right) you can look ahead and see the weather forecast.

If you look at 'Meteo' again, in the menu, you'll see that the NOAA Wind is shaded blue. Press it with your fingers for a few seconds and you will get additional settings that you can customize. Click OK to close this screen. Click 'Wind' again to turn it off, after which the box will turn dark blue like the other boxes.

Note that the difference sources for GRIB files include other periods. The data for which the GRIB file is valid is listed at the source after you download the file.


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WinGPS Marine: Instruments

The GPS cursor is red. What does this mean?

You get a red cursor and red position if your GPS does not have a fix. The number of discovered satellites is less than 3. You can find the number of satellites in the instrument display. When it says 1/4 there are only 4 satellites seen by the GPS and only 1 used. This is not enough for a fix.

Inside a steel, aluminium or carbon ship you won't have enough reception. For a good fix your GPS in your tablet or smartphone has to see at least half the sky.


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Can I replace the GPS cursor to have a better overview of the chart?

Yes this is possible: press the GPS cursor and move the circle to your desired location. When the circle is gone (after a few seconds) your GPS cursor will be on another position of your screen.

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Can I copy my charts from my device to the SD card, to save space on my device?

Yes, this is possible for devices with Android 4, 5, 6 or 7.

Doesn't your tablet have the possibility to plug in a SD card? Then we recommend removing old charts and unused apps. Also the amount of pictures can take a large part of your storage.


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How to connect board instruments to WinGPS Marine?

The windmeter, depth meter, log and compass can be connected to WinGPS Marine Plus. AIS is the exception and can also be connected to WinGPS Marine.

You connect the board instruments to the tablet or smartphone using a wireless connection (Wifi or Bluetooth). An instrument can be connected directly to the tablet/smartphone, or together with other instruments using a multiplexer. As soon as the connection is created, go in the app WinGPS Marine to 'settings' and to 'instruments'. Click on 'connections' and create a new connection. Use the IP and Port as mentioned on the instrument or multiplexer, or sometimes in the manual.

If everything is filled in right, click on Save and you will see the NMEA data flowing in. Go back and now click on the button 'Instruments', below the button 'Connections'. Click on the device you added and select the connection you just created, by clicking the grey box. Of course you also have check the box 'Enable'. Your device is now connected and the data can be seen in the app (on the chart or at instruments).


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I don't have enough space on my device for the app and charts. Do you have any tips?

The newest Android devices have (in general) enough memory and on this devices the apps and charts will work fine. However, some older devices don't have enough memory for each app, and therefor also our app will slow down and sometimes not work properly.

A tip is to go to the chart manager and turn off the charts you don't use (for example the overview charts). You can do the same for waypoint groups. This will give your device more free memory.

If this does not help enough, you can go to 'Settings' and to 'Advanced', and increase 'tile cache'. Beware that your system will have less memory for other apps you are using. By moving the Tile cache too much to the left, not all the charts will be shown in your chart screen. You can experiment with this tool to find out what setting is best for your tablet.


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Frequently asked questions
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General

WinGPS 5 or WinGPS Marine?

When choosing the navigation software, you can choose between WinGPS 5 and WinGPS Marine. WinGPS 5 is intended for use on a Windows device, such as a laptop or board PC. The advantage of this version with respect to the WinGPS Marine is that there is also a route planner including all bridge and lock information with pictures, operating hours and contact information. In addition, from WinGPS 5 Pro, you can connect an AIS, wind meter, depth meter, log, compass and an autopilot.

WinGPS Marine is intended for use on an Android device, such as a tablet or smartphone. This navigation software is slightly less extensive than WinGPS 5, but it is also a little less expensive. This app can be used on an Android device, for example a 10" tablet, but they are also available in larger sizes and waterproof.


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Can I connect my board instruments to WinGPS?

Yes, it is possible to connect board instruments to WinGPS 5 Pro and WinGPS Marine.

If you have one device you would like to connect, you can do this via the enclose cabling or via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth network. If you have multiple devices like AIS, GPS, wind meter, depth meter, log or compass, you can connect them all to a multiplexer. This multiplexer can be connected to the laptop or computer via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB. If you want to connect it to the Android tablet, it must be connected to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. All data from your instruments are then displayed in WinGPS.


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Can I connect AIS to WinGPS?

Yes, it is possible to connect AIS to WinGPS 5 Pro, WinGPS 5 Voyager, WinGPS Marine and to WinGPS Marine Plus.

Take a look on our website at 'hardware' for our AIS advice form. This tool can help you choose the right AIS device within a few steps.

You can connect AIS to WinGPS 5 Pro or Voyager with the enclosed cables, via internal Wifi or Bluetooth, or via a multiplexer. Make sure you have installed all the nessecary drivers. After the AIS is connected and your laptop recognizes the AIS, you will need to create a connection in WinGPS 5 Pro at 'instruments manager'.

You can connect AIS in WinGPS Marine or Marine Plus via internal Wifi or Bluetooth, or via a multiplexer. You don't have to install any drivers. Create a connection between the tablet and the AIS and select the right connetions in WinGPS Marine at 'settings - instruments'.


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WinGPS 5 (for Windows).

Can I install WinGPS 5 on both my laptop and tablet / smartphone?

It is not possible to install WinGPS 5 on your Android tablet or -smartphone. You can use WinGPS Marine for these devices. More information about WinGPS Marine for Android can be found here.

The DKW charts can be used on both your laptop and Android tablet or -smartphone. In total the charts can be installed on three different devices simultaneously.


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How do I install WinGPS 5 on my PC?

An explanation for the correct installation of WinGPS 5 can be found here.


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Can I create an (offline) backup of all my WinGPS software and charts?

An explanation for creating a back-up USB stick can be found here.


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I want to switch from WinGPS 4 to 5, can I get an upgrade?

No, it is not possible to upgrade from WinGPS 4 to 5. The upgrade discount only works when you are upgrading within the WinGPS 5 series. If you have WinGPS 4, you will have to purchase a full WinGPS 5 license.


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Can I remove the thin red line behind my boat on the chart?

The thin red line is the track you have sailed. Go to [ Tracks / Track manager] and un-check the box of the tracks, or remove them completely.


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I don’t see a chart, or I see the wrong chart.

It is possible you selected the wrong charts, or the charts are on top of each other. Go to 'Charts - Charts manager' and you will see a list of all the installed charts on your computer. We recommend that you only select the charts that you currently need. You can remove the check in the box in front of the unneeded charts. It is also possible that you clicked the light bulbs on the button bar, which results in whitening the charts. Click on the left light bulb (grey) a few times to get the colours back.


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How do I remove old charts?

You can remove old charts by using the DKW Manager. Open the DKW Manager and click 'uninstall'. Select the charts you want to remove and click 'uninstall' again and then 'OK'.


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How can I center and lock my GPS position on the screen?

You can choose to lock the chart which will result in your GPS position moving over the chart, or you can choose to lock your GPS position and the chart will move underneath it. Click on the 'GPS tracking' button on the main toolbar to get the preferred setting.

The 'GPS tracking' button:


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I don’t see my GPS cursor on my chart.

Is your GPS receiver connected to your computer? Is the communication (F3) turned on? Right click on the chart and go to 'GPS - Find GPS position'.


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My GPS position is not showing the correct ground course.

When not using a NMEA compass, and the course (HDG) of your ship is not showing the correct ground course, you can turn off the Leeway and Stream in the 'Navigation info' screen. This way the HDG will become equal to the COG.


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The computer sometimes freezes during an update.

Sometimes it may seem that the update stopped, and nothing appears to be happening on screen. In this case it could be possible that there is a blinking button on your Windows task bar below. In some cases Windows asks your permission to proceed with the update.


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My shown GPS position is incorrect.

There will always be one ship on your screen, this is your GPS cursor. It is possible that your GPS cursor is stationed at a place where you have already left. The cursor is also probably red. Starting the communication with your GPS can solve this, placing the GPS cursor at your current position. You can also right click on the chart and then go to 'GPS - set GPS position'.


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Which baudrate do I need to use?

Almost all NMEA devices use baudrate 4800. Except for AIS devices, these use baudrate 38400.


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Downloads
On this page you will find all our available (free) downloads. Among which special tools for WinGPS 5 and hardware drivers.

If you are looking for the products you bought (downloads & licenses), please go to your Stentec Account. You can find your Stentec Account on the top right of this website. Go to download overview for your setups and activation overview for product licenses.

Click on one of the categories to view the downloads in that specific category.

Product Version number Version date Size  

DKW Manager
For the installation of our DKW charts (DKW2, BSB, nv.digital) in WinGPS 5 (Windows).

1.5.0.5 21/04/2016 3 MB

Stentec Software Installer
To create a backup of all your Stentec software (Windows) for offline installation on your (offline) onboard PC.

1.0.0.4 09/05/2017 4 MB

DKW Builder Lite
Create your own DKW charts.

1.2.4.1 28/02/2007 1.9 MB

WinGPS 5 Lite
The free test version of WinGPS 5 for Windows.

5.0.6.5 20/12/2017 11 MB

WinGPS 5 Lite
The free test version of WinGPS 5 for Windows including a free world chart.

5.0.6.4 06/03/2017 81 MB

Sail Simulator 5 Demo
Multiplayer demo of Sail Simulator 5 with a Laser.

- - 184 MB
Product Version number Version date Size  

Teamviewer - Stentec edition
Online help from a distance with the Stentec edition of Teamviewer. Download this program and we can log on to your system for assistance.

- - 8.1 MB

Sail Simulator 5 System Checker
Checks if Sail Simulator can be played on your system.

- - 2.0 MB

GPS Info software
Software to clear the internal memory of your GPS receiver, which could make it better/faster when in use.

Tip: Close WinGPS and all other navigational software when using GPS info. In the software click on 'start' and, when connected to the GPS receiver, click on 'Cold-start'. Afterwards, click on 'Close GPS' and close the software. The GPS receiver is now available for use in other navigational software.

- - 128 kB

COM Port Plug&Play Blocker
Software to block the 'floating mouse' problem. Especially made for Windows Vista.

- - 1.1 MB
Product Version number Version date Size  

DirectX 9.0c
For WinGPS 5 (Windows) to work on your system DirectX 9.0c is needed. When newly installing WinGPS 5 (2016 or newer) DirectX 9.0c will be installed automatically. When you want to install an older edition this will not be done automatically.

After downloading the file you will be prompted to extract the files in a new folder onto your system. This can be a folder of your own choosing. After extraction you need to open the folder and start 'DXsetup' to install DirectX.

DirectX 9.0c is also needed in combination with Sail Simulator 5.

95.6 MB  

Solution for Windows XP: PROPSYS.DLL
When you want to install WinGPS 5 on Windows XP it is possible you receive an error regarding a missing file 'propsys.dll'. By downloading and installing this setup the missing file will be added to your system. After installation WinGPS 5 will run properly.

4.6 MB  

Fix for Motorboat Simulator & Sail Simulator 4
When, after installing Motorboat Simulator or Sail Simulator 4, you receive a message regarding the missing file 'd3drm.dll' use this setup to install the specific file.

420 kB
Product Version number Version date Size  

Driver for USB GPS-ontvanger
Driver for the BU-353, BU-353s4, MR-350 and other USB GPS receivers (for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10).

Please mind: The BU-353 and a lot of older USB GPS receivers are no longer supported in Windows 8 and 10.

3.1 MB

Driver for uAIS Antenna (Windows)

2.2 MB

Driver for uAIS Antenna (Apple)

0.8 MB

Driver for UC232A serial to USB converter

3.8 MB

Driver for Delock serial to USB converter
For Windows 7 and higher.

2.0 MB

Driver for V-700
Driver for V-700 external USB display

13.7 MB

Support for Stentec products

Stentec offers support for our own products like: WinGPS, Sail Simulator, Motorboat Simulator and our own DKW2 charts for navigation.

On the left side of this page you will find links to the FAQ and forum.

 

Support for products from other manufacturers

If you have made a purchase in our shop and ordered products of other manufacturers, please contact the manufacturer for support (contact information of manufacturers are often present on the (cover)box, in the manual or can be found in the help menu of the program)

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