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Navigator Knowledge Base (FAQ)

What PC and software specifications do I need to run NaviGator?

  • Operating Systems: Windows 98 SE, 2000 (SP2), NT and XP
  • PC Specification: Pentium 300 MHz processor or better
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 or better
  • 64mb RAM or better
  • CD ROM
  • Minimum of 700mb HDD storage
  • Can I copy user information from old Tsunamis software?
  • You can copy the files from the Add_Info folder to Transas\Tsunamis\Add_Info. The information that is to be copied over will have the extension .cra.

Can I interface instruments that use Seatalk?

You will need to purchase an interface box from Raytheon Marine. This enables you to switch between NMEA 0183, RS232 and Seatalk protocols.

How do I connect my instruments to the computer?

You connect the instruments to the computer via a 9 Pin serial port connector. You use the following pins in the connector for the wires:

  • Pin 2 - NMEA / Position In
  • Pin 3 - NMEA / Position Out
  • Pin 5 - Ground

How do I delete unwanted logbook files?

Go to C:\Transas\Tsunamis\Track. In here you can delete the files ending in LBK that you no longer require.

How do I delete unwanted routes?

Go to C:\Transas\Tsunamis\Routes. In here are all the routes that have been saved. Delete which routes are no longer required.

Does the weather information display on the NaviGator charts?

The weather information is displayed directly over the Tsunamis charts. With this you can see detailed chart information with weather details flowing over the charts.

I am unable to display weather information on my charts?

Firstly check in Weather Forecast Manager to see if a forecast has been selected to view. If not then select the forecast that you wish to view. If a forecast has been selected then check in Environment data that parameters have been selected to view.

I have installed NaviGator but my charts are not showing

Ensure that the Charts database has been loaded correctly onto the computer. If not then it will need to be reinstalled.

The Lat and Long are not being displayed from my GPS

Ensure that the GPS is set up correctly in the settings. It should be set to NMEA/NMEA and with a baud rate of 4800. If this is correct the check that the Primary Position is set to PS1 is System Setup.

Can I send and receive waypoints in NaviGator?

You have the ability to send waypoints to a GPS, but you cannot receive them from the GPS. You set it all up in Configuration\Sensors\Manual and select the COM port the GPS in connected to.

How do I decide which charts are best for me?

Deciding which charts to use is easy. The Chart Catalogue has been designed to make it very user friendly. Split into countries and even down to chart by chart. A user knows there sailing area can then find this in the catalogue and then decide if they would like detailed charts or more planning charts.

Can I overlay radar onto NaviGator?

You are unable to overlay radar onto NaviGator. NaviGator does however have the capability for ARPA radar.

Can I connect a navtex receiver to the software?

Navtex receivers can be connected to NaviGator. Again they need to have the following pin connections: Pin 2 - NMEA / Position In, Pin 3 - NMEA / Position Out, Pin 5 - Ground.
Once it is connected and messages are being received and they have a Lat and Long, they will be displayed on the chart for you to click on and view the message.

I was given some codes for the charts I purchased, where do I enter them?

The permit codes are entered either in the chart catalogue, or by going to Configuration\Install User Permits. From here you either select For Product or For Charts, then follow the on screen instructions.

I have just purchased a new computer but there is no parallel printer port, what do I do with my current dongle?

If your computer only has USB ports then you can exchange your current dongle for a USB only at a small cost.

I only have USB ports on my computer, how can I connect my instruments to the computer?

This is becoming more of a common problem because a lot of computers are now coming out with just USB connections. The way around this is to either purchase a USB to Serial port converter, or contact the manufacturer of the product to see if they have a USB connection for the instrument.

How do I power my computer while on board?

To get power to the computer onboard you can use an inverter that converts the power from 12v to 240v. Alternatively you can use something that is called a car kit, which plugs into a cigarette lighter and gives out 12v of power. These are readily available from computer stores.

My dongle is not being recognized when I install NaviGator

Firstly make sure the dongle is connected properly. If it is then run the dongle checker that is on the CD. Run Explorer and find the folder called Tdchk. This will check the dongle to see if everything is working fine and it will also tell you if other drivers need to be installed from the CD to get the dongle working. If the dongle is not recognized then you may need to download the latest dongle drivers from the Transas Download Web page. Once downloaded and install and the dongle is still not showing then please contact your local Transas dealer.

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