Norwegian marine tech startup, Orca, has announced the expansion of its chart coverage in North America, to cover the Canadian coastline and the Great Lakes. Orca’s modern navigation system is now available across the U.S. and Canada.
The Canadian updates to the chart coverage will be available to all Orca app users, with immediate integration into Orca’s suite of smart planning and navigation tools. This latest launch will give Orca boaters freedom to move between the two nations’ borders for the first time. The launch is bringing Orca one step closer to delivering its target of global chart coverage.
“Canadian boaters have been asking for us to launch in Canada since the day we announced Orca,” Kristian Fallrø, Co-Founder of Orca, commented. “We’ve even had boaters order their Orca to the U.S. and drive across the border to get early access.”
Orca is a modern navigation system for sailboats and powerboats that launched in 2021 and has grown rapidly among sailors and cruisers. The system consists of the free Orca mobile app for iOS and Android devices – Orca Display 2, an ultrabright marine-grade tablet – and Orca Core 2, a smart navigation hub that integrates with the boat’s sensors and instruments.
Orca is incredibly easy to use and features smart systems such as automatic routing, sail routing, weather forecasts, and AIS via the internet.
“This release is not only important for Canadian boaters but also for U.S. boaters who boat at the borders of Canada,” Jorge Sevillano, Co-Founder and CEO of Orca added. “As always when we extend our chart coverage, existing Orca subscribers will receive access to Canadian charts free of charge.”
Orca’s charts are built on data from hydrographic offices, private entities, and in-house data collection to ensure an accurate and reliable navigation experience. Canadian chart coverage is courtesy of the Canadian Hydrographic Service.
The Orca app is free to download from the Apple AppStore and Google PlayStore. Canadian boaters can download it now to access Canadian charts. Boaters who want a more robust and integrated navigation experience can order the Orca Display 2 and Orca Core from the Orca Store.