Product introduction

Getting started with Orca

Installing Orca in your boat


Tools and functionality



Crisp and easy-to-read, with instant response. Orca’s bespoke charts make for an unprecedented navigation experience. The charts are built on top of data from Official Hydrographic Offices and augmented with in-house data for improved accuracy and coverage.

At a glance

  • Navigate with confidence with charts built from official data, directly sourced from national hydrographic offices.

  • Carefully designed charts optimized for readability.

  • Responsive and fluid panning and zooming. The fastest cartography rendering engine.

  • Never miss an obstacle. Dare to explore new areas with charts that are easy to read and interpret.

  • Enriched with marine data such as harbors, marinas, and fuel stations for a comprehensive marine experience.

Explore the charts

Exploring new areas has never been easier.

Orca charts are at the center of the Orca co-pilot experience. As you open the app, you are automatically in the Explore mode centered around your location.

You may pan, zoom in and out, and tilt the map. You may use the usual gestures common across many map-based mobile apps:

  • Press and drag to pan the chart.

  • Pinch in or pinch out to zoom in or out.

  • Press and drag with two fingers to tilt the charts.

If you ordered the Display Kit, you may also use the hardware buttons on the top right side of the screen to operate the map view.

As you zoom in, the details shown in the map change dynamically. We have carefully designed the charts in a way that it always shows the most relevant obstacles and information regardless of the zoom level.

Location marker

The location marker button is placed on the bottom right side of the screen.

It allows you to switch between three cartography modes:

  • Explore: The chart follows your gestures - pan, zoom, and tilt. This mode is useful to explore new areas and find new destinations.

  • Follow mode: The charts center around your location and orientates course-up. As your position changes, the map camera will follow you so you are always in the center of the screen. This mode is useful when you are navigating.

  • Center: The chart centers around your location and orientates north-up. The map will not follow you as your position changes. This is useful to quickly center the map around you.

As you rotate the map, sometimes it is hard to understand where is north. If you want to return the chart to north-up view, you may press the Compass button on the top right side of the screen.

Pin a location

Long press on the map on a location to take any action or get information about that specific location.

A menu from the bottom will appear with the following information:

  • The location coordinates.

  • The distance and bearing from your current position in a straight line.

There are several actions you can take in that menu

  • Press Save to save the location in your list of favorites.

  • Press Weather to see the marine weather forecast on that location.

  • Press Measure to enter the measure distance mode. It will be explained in the next paragraph

  • Press Navigate to enter routing mode and calculate a route to that location.

Measure distance

Measure distance mode allows you to quickly calculate the straight distance and course between any two points in the chart.

Pin a location by long-pressing anywhere on the map. You may press Measure to enter the measure distance mode.

This mode will show a straight line connecting your current position with the selected location. Next to the line, you may see a label with the distance and the course.

You may change the location of the points by pressing and dragging the markers to a new location. The new distance and course will be automatically recalculated when you release the market on the map.

Map settings

Orca Charts can be tailored to your preferences.

You may edit your map preferences by going to the Settings menu and pressing, under the Map section.

These are the elements available to you for tailoring the map:

  • Rotation - Used to allow map rotation or lock it in North-up view.

  • Follow mode - You may select the map appearance when the map is in Follow mode. You may choose between the following options: Heading with tilt, Heading without tilt, and North-up only.

  • Navigation aim line - You can choose to show or hide the aim line as you navigate.

  • Navigation aim line distance - If the aim line is enabled, you may select between showing a Fixed aim line or a Dynamic aim line. If you choose Dynamic, you may choose between 10 mins or 30 mins ahead for a more conservative approach.

  • Orientation and aim line direction - This option lets you choose how the orientation and the aim line direction are calculated. You may select GPS course to calculate the aim line based on your course. Alternatively, you may select Compass to calculate the aim line orientation based on your compass heading.

  • Breadcrumbs in map - Your location during the last 12 hours of activity is shown in the map as breadcrumbs.

  • Delete breadcrumbs - Press there to delete your breadcrumbs.

  • Obstacle height indicator - Bridge and cables lower than the selected height will be shown with red height indicators. Use the horizontal bar to select the height limit.

  • Depth shading - Depth areas more shallow than the selected value will be shown on shades of blue. Deeper areas will be white. Use the horizontal bar to select the depth shading limit.

  • Refresh map data - Press on this item to manually force an update of the charts that you have downloaded. This is generally not needed as the maps are refreshed automatically every 2 weeks.