Orca Brings its CoPilot Navigation System to the United States

App and hub turn mobile devices into chart plotters.
Orca CoPilot navigation system
Courtesy Orca Orca’s CoPilot navigation system starts with a free app. For more robust chart plotting, using your mobile devices, add the Core navigation hub.

Norwegian company Orca has debuted its app-based CoPilot navigation system in the United States. Orca sells to consumers via its website; a U.S. warehouse will ship to American boaters. The company also says it plans to work with resellers and installers.

The system begins with a free app (available on Apple and Google Play app stores). The app provides online marine charts, online satellite navigation charts, routing, weather planning, departure scheduling, harbor guide, AIS and a safety hub.

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Orca IP68 display
Courtesy Orca Orca sells a 10.1-inch IP68 display as an add-on.

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 chartplotters. Core provides offline charts, autopilot control, accurate GPS, wireless instruments and connectivity to transducers, wind sensors and engine gateways via NMEA 2000. 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 IP68 display for $1,599.

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