Passage Planning Software

Visual Passage Planner

We are excited to announce that Ocean Forest Voyaging is
now the Canadian source for Visual Passage Planner, the
top rated electronic pilot chart software from Digital
Wave. More info


Passage Planning

Weather & Passage Planning Software

GOING CRUISING AGAIN!  Sorry but we have temporarily shut down OFV operations until 2018.  We are heading off cruising again, this time to Alaska.    After preparing the boat over the winter we will be heading north in spring 2017 and will be returning sometime in the fall when the weather gets too chilly, too rainy or both.  You can purchase VPP as a download directly from the software developer in the US.  Wishing you fair winds and see you when we return!


visualpassageplannerVisual Passage Planner (VPP) is Pilot Chart based passage planning software that takes the offshore passage planning process to a whole new level. It was designed to bring the power of the computer to the passage planning process.

Visual Passage Planner automates the tedious, time consuming task of passage planning by using the historic weather data contained in the official Pilot Charts to evaluate typical passage conditions and estimate passage elapsed times. With VPP, many what-if scenarios using different routes at different times of the year can be played out in a fraction of the time it would take to manually calculate just one route using traditional methods. This allows the selection of the best route with best weather and sea conditions for a fast and comfortable passage.

In fact, Visual Passage Planner now has an automatic Route Optimization feature that lets VPP do most of the hard work when it comes to planning a route.

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You can plan passages with NOAA pilot chart data including wind, wave and current information. Plot waypoints,
then generate reports for routing, weather, and more based on performance data that’s specific to your vessel. VPP includes pilot charts for every month for the entire world, a great value !

Features of Visual Passage Planner

 Global 1:1,000,000 scale planning chart
 Worldwide pilot chart data at 1-degree resolution
 Detailed database of over 4,800 ports
 Automatic wind, current, and weather overlays
 Estimated passage wind strengths
 Estimate passage elapsed times
 Enter ocean passage routes by pointing and clicking
 Create vessel speed profiles
 Modifies chart data based on actual weather forecasts
 Update planning information with real time data
 New automatic route optimization generates waypoints for potentially faster/safer/warmer routes
 New GPS interface

Minimum System Requirements:World View

64 Mb RAM

Pentium 100 MHz processor or faster

CD-ROM drive

100 Mb free hard disk space

Video display resolution of greater than 800 x 600

Mouse or other pointing device

Download Purchase Process & Terms of Use

Visual Passage Planner is delivered to our customers as a software download via the Internet. Upon receipt of your order Ocean Forest Voyaging will send you an email with the Internet link where you can download the latest version of Visual Passage Planner 2. We will also provide you with your serial number. It is needed to activate the software.

Your purchase license allows you to install Visual Passage Planner on up to three personally owned and personally used computers (boat, home & backup). If you ever get to the point where you have replaced too many computers and have exceeded the three installations, you can simply contact us and we can extend the license for you. Members of the Bluewater Cruising Association receive a discount.


Download Edition Only: C $165.00 Bluewater Members C $150.00

Prices include sales tax

Payment Options

We do not have an automated online store like Amazon. But you can still make your purchase using PayPal or credit card. We will call you to do the credit card transaction by phone for best security, rather than using email. For our Canadian customers you can pay us by INTERAC e-Transfer or even by a personal cheque written from a Canadian bank account. When you contact us with your interest to buy a product we will work out the most convenient payment method for you.