Have been looking for Navionics Gold charts
for over a year now. The first person I talked to the "Furuno guy" in Juneau, AK, told me "Yes. I have those. I get them out of boats when I'm working on them. No I won't sell any cards to you because I'm going to use them on my own boats." This man was "not recommended" by anyone I talked to because "He will take your helm
apart and leave it a mess for months."
Keep getting caught in the loop between Furuno and Navionics.
Navionics: "The software in the older Furuno must be "re-done" in order to run the charts that are sizey (Say Barrow, AK to Punta Areana, Chile). No one wants to do this. (I live in AK)"
Advice received: Advice from sellers of Navionics: "Take the Furuno out, send to Furuno, get software upgrade, put Furuno back on."
Advice from Furuno: get someone local who has the capacity to "make" you the cards you are missing.
Advice from the "sellers of cards": "Furuno told you that? That's crazy, It will cost you more than a new chart plotter."
And on and on it goes.
I believe one of these days I will suck it up and send one (of three) Furuno Navionics Gold chart plotters aboard this vessel to Furuno.
I am particularly annoyed by the advice that I should "just use a tablet." If I wanted to see a wee tablet with a map, I wouldn't be trying to find the cards. I have navionics maps on an I-phone g6 and when I feel particularly needy and have access to Wi-Fi --- then I load up maps on that.
I would love to use the Furunos and I would not love to spend $1,000+ per unit to do it. Have I spent $1,000+ in time trying to resolve this issue? Yes. I think I have.
I will be watching this thread with interest, just in case someone has found the perfect way to skin this cat.