Coastal Explorer
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What's New in Coastal Explorer?

Coastal Explorer has a completely new Planning Mode interface that has been streamlined to help you find the tools you need to get your planning done quickly and efficiently.


Traditional menus and toolbars tend to get cluttered up with new commands each time a program is enhanced, so as a program matures and gains the features users ask for, it also becomes more complex and harder to use.

In order to prevent that from happening to Coastal Explorer, we have replaced the menu and toolbar with a new tab-based interface that provides a more task-oriented access to commands and will let us continue to add the features you ask for without compromising ease-of-use.

The Home tab provides the same tools for creating routes and marking your charts that Coastal Explorer has always had, while the other tabs provide access to more information about your Voyage Plan, Ship's Log, the Guide Book, etc.

Chart controls

Chart Controls

Each chart panel now has controls for adjusting scale, orientation, the auto-scroll mode, and other chart viewing options. These controls work the same in both Planning Mode and Cruising Mode.


Expanded Guide Books

Guide Book information has always been tightly integrated into Coastal Explorer's charts. Sailing directions from the US Coast Pilot® and NGA Enroute for Canada and Mexico have been included since day one.

Now other guide book add-ons are also available, including ActiveCaptain and the Atlantic Cruising Club's Guides to Marinas. Soon we will offer even more options!

Route controls

Route Controls

Manipulating routes has never been easier. Coastal Explorer's new route controls let you add new waypoints along a route by simply clicking on the leg where you want to add one and then dragging the waypoint to the correct location. It's just as easy to add new waypoints to the end or even the beginning of a route.

Simply dragging one the orange "handles" in this picture will create a new waypoint along the selected route and move it to the right location.

Weather Observations

After making it easier to use the text and graphical weather forecast features that Coastal Explorer has had since version 1.1, we added live weather observations from the National Data Buoy Center as well as METAR stations around the world.

These observations are automatically downloaded when you use the Conditions tab and are displayed on your chart as a "station plot" that indicates wind speed and direction. Clicking on a station plot reveals more detail provided by that station.

(Downloading weather observations requires an Internet connection.)

Route monitor

Route Monitor

The new Route Monitor instrument panel provides estimated times of arrival and time-to-go information for your current waypoint, your final destination, and every waypoint in between.


NMEA 2000 ®

Coastal Explorer adds support for the NMEA 2000 ® marine electronics networking standard. It has never been easier to interconnect your marine electronics and now we've made it simple to include your PC with our new NMEA 2000 USB Gateway. (Coastal Explorer can also use gateways from Actisense and Maretron.)