The navigation section has two views: Navigate and edit. You switch between these views by double - tapping on the map. You may also use the go! / edit symbol (1) in the action bar.
In the edit view you plan your routes.
Create waypoints (4) by tapping on the map. The app adds it to the route. If you tap next to the route a new waypoint is inserted between the waypoints next to it, otherwise appended to the end of the roude.
You move a waypoint by pointing at it and drag it to it's new location. The route is changed accordingly.
Delete a waypoint (4) by tapping on it. Routes are saved automatically at your device.
Long tap at the map to open a menu where you choose things to do with the map.
(1) Share the location you tap on with your phones share dialog.
(2) Enter coordinates you want to add to your route. The parser does its best to recognize one of the following format patterns:
- 54°22'12" N 007°12'13" E,
- 54°22'12"N 007°12'13"E,
- 54°22.12 N 007°12.13 E,
- 54-22N 007-12E,
- 54.1234 N 007.1234 E
and so on.
(3) Open the location you tap on in Google Maps.
(4) Give your route a better name.
(5) Invert the route, switch start and end.
(6) Delete the route.
(7) Open the route settings dialog. This can also be done in the action bar.
(8) Choose one of your already created routes. This can also be done in the action bar..
Four displays are available when navigating a route:
- (1) Your current heading
- (2) Your current speed
- (3) Heading to the next waypoint (blue background)
- (4) Total distance to last waypoint.
A short tap on one of the displays lets the map follow your position. A long tap opens the configuration dialog (see below).
The waypoints (5) are visible according to the zoom level. They indicate the distance to the last waypoint.
A short tap on the map makes the map switch between different zoom levels and follow your position. A long tap opens the action popup as described above. A double tap swtiches to the edit mode.
At the bottom your current position is shown (6). Share it with a log tap.
The number (7) shows the accuracy of your gps in meters. A red background indicates that the accuracy is seen as not quite good enough for navigation.
Map tiles are loaded when displayed and then kept on your device for four weeks. Currently a bulk download of large areas for offline use is not possible due to licence restrictions.
Long tap on the screen to open the route settings.
Things to configure:
- (1) Font size of the waypoints.
- (2) Thickness of the line between the waypoints.
- (3) Navigate heading up, meaning your current course is set top of the map, otherwise north is top.
- (4) Large or small nautical symbols at the map.
- (5) Start tracking automatically when you start navigating a route.
- (6) Show current speed display
- (7) Show heading display
- (8) Route heading shows the heading to the next waypoint.
- (9) Total distance to aim.
Tap ok to confirm your changes.
Hint: To change the basic map use the settings dialog.
Boatspeed now registers for handling gpx tacks and routes, and should be shown as an app for opening these files in the corresponding system-dialog.
The gpx-tracks and routes are shown in the navigation view. For performance reasons the mumber of waypoints to import is limited to 70.
Please note that this routing is just for planning your tip, but not for navigation. When you go with your boat you have to consult your official natical maps as required by law in many countries.