View distance and bearing in three ways -- vessel to cursor range and direction, measurement tool, route or track data details - Fugawi Marine 5

Article FF12134, November 17, 2015

Right-click on a desired point on a chart, select Measure Distance, then drag the mouse pointer (view Cursor panel) to a second point. Or view navigation bar Range panel. Or view the details of a route or track to see the columns for range and bearing.


If a Boat icon or Fugawi icon is present on the chart (right-click, select Set Vessel Location) then the range and bearing relative to the mouse pointer icon's present position is shown on the navigation bar. As the mouse pointer glides to new positions on the chart, the range and bearing are continuously updated.

In the example illustration below, the Bearing value is 219.9 True North. If you wish to see the bearing given in Magnetic instead, click File | Settings | Units and change the Bearing Value there.

Vessel versus Cursor coordinates and Range

Another way to see range and bearing is to right click on a given position on a chart, select Measure Distance. This changes the mouse pointer's functional context: now, as you move the pointer to different spots on a chart, a yellow float-over box declares the distance (range) and bearing (true = T or magnetic = M). To dismiss the distance measurement tool, click once anywhere on the chart; this restores the default mouse pointer mode.

Right-click on chart and get Measure Distance tool

Right-click any route or track on a chart, from the context menu choose to view its Details; this shows a list of multiple data items with focus on the selected route or track. For that single data item in its row, click its cell with column header Waypoints -- that is, click that route's cell showing an icon and number count (see illustration below). This expands the detailed view for the single route or track showing several sortable and slidable columns, among them Distance and Bearing. The first data point, naturally, has null range and bearing to itself.

Example of a single route expanded to its detailed list; and distance / bearing columns for the waypoints within the route:

Fugawi 5 with fully expanded route showing distance and bearing details

Under the Distance column are the leg spans between a preceding waypoint and its sequentially following waypoint. For example, if "Waypoint 100" is followed by "Waypoint 101" in a given route, then the interval between them is given in the Distance cell of Waypoint 101's row.

Under the Bearing column are the leg lines' relative orientation from a preceding waypoint and its sequentially following waypoint. For example, if "Waypoint 200" is followed by "Waypoint 201" in a given route, then the bearing of the leg line between the two waypoints is given in the Bearing cell of Waypoint201's row. Since the bearing value may be Magnetic (as set in File | Settings | Units) instead of True, the geometric slant of a route or track leg on a North Up oriented chart may look slightly different from what your visual intuition would suggest at a glance.

Example of a track:

Track Details showing range and bearing compared to chart