Build a Raspberry Pi chartplotter for your boat

Earlier this year, James Conger built a chartplotter for his boat using a Raspberry Pi. Here he is with a detailed explanation of how everything works:

The entire build cost approximately $350. It incorporates a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, dAISy AIS receiver HAT, USB GPS module, and touchscreen display, all hooked up to his boat.

Perfect for navigating the often foggy San Francisco Bay, the chartplotter allows James to track the position, speed, and direction of major vessels in the area, superimposed over high-quality NOAA nautical charts.

Raspberry Pi at sea

For more nautically themed Raspberry Pi projects, check out Rekka Bellum and Devine Lu Linvega’s stunning Barometer and Ufuk Arslan’s battery-saving IoT boat hack.


shubham avatar

I bought new raspberry pi 4 machine but it is not working (Diplay is not comming) while i did install raspian os.

Henri Derksen avatar

For the Raspberry Pi 4B you need the new Raspbian Buster.
Then install OpenCPN 5.0.0 following the commands on the website. I am working with Raspbian and OpenCPN ECDIS viewer since december 2014. Then search for good charts, i.e. from OpenSeaMap f.i. Now I baught a watertigh 15″ High Brilliance TouchScreen HDMI monitor from FayTech that works excellent with the Pi 4B, even in high sunlight or rain.
Many historic inlands ships in The Netherlands works with OpenCPN. Look at the site and search for ECDIS.
Nautic Greetings from Henri.

AndrewS avatar

Try seeking help on the

James Carroll avatar

Interesting video. Once I started looking though I found it amazing how many sailboat people are using raspberry pi computers for all kinds of onboard stuff. Given that sailboaters are always trying to conserve electricity though it makes sense.

james haley avatar

hey james is this the james form toronto hydroplane sailing club. if it is you then hi from the club. and good luck with your pie stuff.

james Haley

Brett Leach avatar

There’s an interesting FaceBook group – Raspberry Pi for Boats.

memjr avatar

“dAISy AIS receiver HAT”

A cheaper and more flexible approach with lots of open source goodies is to use a TLR-SDR USB module.

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