PC Seamaster for Windows is a sophisticated electronic charting program using the world renowned and accurate British Admiralty ARCS Electronic Charts. Designed for use onboard ship and giving accurate navigation using GPS , AIS, ARPA, plotting and voyage planning facilities. PC Seamaster is also in successful service on maritime reconnaissance aircraft and will interface with most common aircraft GPS receivers also.
Program functions available include:
CHART DISPLAY - Clear Display of ARCS Charts with Day, Dusk and Night time display colours. Rapid Chart scrolling, Chart Details, Chart correction status, Chart Datum status.
REAL TIME NAVIGATION - Real time navigation display using GPS position input. Own Ship vector, continuous Navigation Display, Navigation Log, Range Ring, Bearing and Distance cursor, Ship's Track, Active Waypoint, ETA at next Waypoint and ETA at end of Route.
AIS (Automatic Identification System) - When connected to a suitable AIS receiver or transponder, all targets within range are shown on the chart with name or MMSI number. Each target may be selected and full details such as IMO number and ETA etc can be shown. Targets can also be shown in list view, including those not shown on the present Chart. Signals from both AIS Class A and Class B vessel transponders are shown , as well as navigation marks and AtoNs( Aids to Navigation, such as AIS equipped buoys) , including weather data, AIS Equipped SAR (Search and Rescue) Aircraft and personal and shipborne SARTs (Search and Rescue Transponders).
ARPA TARGET DISPLAY - When connected to a ARPA Radar, targets which are selected both either automatically or manually are shown on the chart, for easy geographical orientation.
SEARCH PATTERNS - Patterns for search operations can be automatically generated, displayed and saved to file. Either Expanding Square search or Creeping Line search as detailed in the IAMSAR manual can be used. Your vessel can then be navigated along the search pattern.
OVERLAYS - Multiple transparent overlays can be made for surveying and customisation, using 50 inbuilt icons and 50 icons which you can define yourself. All overlay icons can have comments and numbers attached to them and can be dropped on the chart or entered from co-ordinates.
VOYAGE PLANNING - Creation of multiple voyage plan files, with comments. Each voyage file contains the waypoints for the voyage and the course between waypoints can be set to be Rhumb Line, Great Circle or Composite Great Circle sailing. Voyage files can be easily viewed, edited or added to. The calculated voyage display shows the course(s) and distances between each pair of waypoints and the ETA at each waypoint for an entered speed. The calculated voyage plan can be printed or output to a text file.
SAILINGS - Rhumb line sailings. Great Circle sailing. Composite Great Circle sailing. Find Position. (D.R Position). Course & Speed made good. Course to Steer.
TIDAL PREDICTIONS - Memory of all data for tidal predictions. Selection of any time zone by the user, irrespective of the port's zone. Inbuilt tidal data for over 600 European ports, and you can add your own ports for anywhere in the world. Calculation of tidal heights at any entered port for any date from 1900 to 2090. Output of heights in metres or feet. Graphic display of the tidal height curve for 2 days with moving cursor and draught line. Real time graphic display of the tidal height curve with moving cursor; automatically updated from the computer's clock and calendar. Prediction of high and low water times and heights for 2-31 days. Output of tidal heights at 6 minute intervals for 2 days. Find nearest port function & Rapid search function for port name.
EASY CHART UPDATING - Simply insert a single Chart Update CD and let the program do the rest! All your stored charts are automatically updated, with a report produced once updating is completed.
Minimum System Requirements
IBM PC compatible computer with Pentium 300Mhz or faster processor, 16MB RAM, hard disk, mouse and VGA screen. GPS receiver with NMEA output (other outputs can be read, to order).
Windows 2000/XP/Vista /Windows 7 (both 32 bit and 64 bit versions) / Windows 8 operating system.
PC Seamaster is also in use at several maritime schools, including the Lairdside Maritime Centre