OpenCPN Workshops

Event Phone: (713) 303-8049

America’s Boating Club is emphasizing electronic charts and chartplotters in navigation courses. The tool they use is OpenCPN, a free chart plotting navigation software that can be used as a planning tool or as a live navigation tool.  This first session will start with an overview of the software and go through a live installation. We will show you how to download and work with different kinds of charts. We will also demonstrate how it functions as a live navigation tool. The second session will focus on advanced topics, including integrating GPS, AIS, and weather data. We’ll also discuss how OpenCPN may be used effectively on your boat.

A recording of the workshop and copies of the presentation will be available after the workshops.
There is no cost for this workshop.


Session 1: OpenCPN Basics
Monday, November 20, 7-9 PM

  • What is OpenCPN?
  • Installing OpenCPN
  • Loading Charts
  • User Interface
  • Exploring Charts
  • Waypoints and Routes
  • Creating a Chartbook
  • Navigating with OpenCPN

Session 2:  Advanced Topics
Monday, November 27, 7-9 PM

  • System Integration
  • Connecting a GPS
  • Using AIS
  • Integrating Weather Data
  • More Plugins
  • Using OpenCPN as your chart plotter

The workshop will be presented over Zoom and will be recorded for later viewing. Click on this link to join the meeting.  If asked, here is the meeting identification and passcode:
Meeting ID: 860 4694 0402
Passcode: 684458

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  • Basics
     Monday, November 20, 2023
     7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Advanced
     Monday, November 27, 2023
     7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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