Originally Posted by robgrant1
I've got a Zeus Touch (gen. 1) chart plotter running, I believe, Navionics silver software. I feel the need to upgrade to a more robust software, but which one is the question. So what's the answer old sage ones?
For us, selection of the chart source depends upon where we plan to cruise
We also have a Zeus Touch and happened to choose Navionics because they had the coverage we needed [Alaska and BC Canada] all in one for the best price
When we get ready to go explore other areas, we will revisit who has the best coverage, then features. [e.g., Navionics or C-Map; assuming we are still using a Zeus chart plotter then...]
With the recent addition of Active Captain
[AC] to C-Map, that could add to its appeal [even though you only update the AC when C-Map is updated, unlike most AC integrations that update AC data independently...]
Navionics has the supplementary, crowd-sourced sonar data in its favor. But, it will never have AC because it is trying to do its own [anemic] version of same, which so far has no data anywhere we travel, so it is useless to us. [But we have fresh AC data on our back-up nav systems, so that doesn't matter...]
We also run other charting software as back-up on other devices so we have several to compare at any one time. [e.g., OpenCPN
, SeaIQ, etc.]
If the back-up charting systems are also of interest, here is our page
with more details about our computers
and software- which includes a complete listing [with links] of the secondary charting systems we find ourselves using most often.
Best wishes finding what best suits your needs.