I just purchased a boat and a friend who uses Rose Point ECS suggested I try Coastal Explorer. So I downloaded the software.
The main problem with the free trial appears to be that the demo charts are not particularly functional at 1:150,000. I can’t even locate my marina using the C-Map demo charts (although it did come up using the search function).
I expect this is because I live in BC and therefore the NOAA free charts are of no real use to me.
I had planned on trying to use the software on my first weekend trip but that just doesn’t appear to be feasible. So while I might have purchased Coastal Explorer if I liked the software from the trial, it’s now off my list for the time being. I have found a couple of other apps that do allow free trials with full use of charts.