I am not sure that I do want switch. I have read some very positive Coastal Explorer reports here, and I basically am quite satisfied with VNS except for certain aspects of the transition to VNS 10.
Nobeltec has me currently unable to see raster charts that I have used with VNS 9 and earlier. At the same time over the past two years Nobeltec has delivered VNS 10 vector charts with some quite serious flaws in them. Issues like areas with soundings missing altogether, and land shown in positions that are actually water
that are nearly a mile off. These errors are not in unexplored areas. They are in highly populated and well-travelled US northwest and Canadian SE waters.
To their credit Nobeltec has provided a means of reporting such errors via their web site, but at least one such error which I have reported is still in the update (#23) that I installed a year later.
It would be less bothersome if I could still click on the raster button to look at my Passport raster charts when encountering such an issue.to verify what is true. For US waters I have achieved this by installing the NOAA raster charts. But that does not work in Canada
. I think I can buy more Canadian raster charts form Nobeltec, but I have already paid them for the Passport charts. Besides I suspect that the new raster charts could have the same errors that are in their new vector charts.
Nobeltec have been through several major ownership/management/policy changes recently. It is not totally clear to me if they are going to be the best option, or if their management/plocies will cause problems for me. After about 1.5 decades with them, I am taking a look at the other options in case they go the route
of cutting me off from access to stuff that I have purchased from them as a means of generating more frequent purchasing
of new things. Especially when the new stuff has errors that cause me to lose confidence in it, and makes me expend a lot of energy to correct the errors. I think that they clearly have the ability to continue to be the best option if they choose to supply what works best for their customers.