First Look: Orca CoPilot

App and hub turn mobile devices into chart plotters.
Orca Core
Courtesy Orca Core provides offline charts, autopilot control, accurate GPS, wireless instruments, and connectivity to transducers, wind sensors and engine gateways via NMEA 2000.

Norwegian company Orca has debuted its app‑based CoPilot navigation system in the United States. The system begins with a free app (available on Apple and Google Play app stores). The app provides online marine charts and satellite navigation charts, routing, weather planning, departure scheduling, harbor guide, AIS, and a safety hub.

For $499, boaters can purchase Core, a navigation hub that connects wirelessly to the app, and—as Orca says—turns your tablet and phone into true chart plotters.

Core’s built-in motion processor also powers advanced sailing instrumentation. The device supports up to five connected mobile devices simultaneously.

Don’t want to use your tablet on the open ocean? Orca also sells a compatible, wireless 10.1-inch IP68display for $1,599. Orca markets to consumers via its website; a US warehouse will ship to American boaters. The company also says it plans to work with resellers and installers. 

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