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Old 05-05-2015, 14:01   #1
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Navionics iPad US charts free??

Navionics is downloadable on iPad for free. Then you buy the charts. However without buying charts you can zoom into an area of the USA and click the Govt icon and download the NOAA chart for free.

Or so it appears.

Is there a catch to it?

Do they stay on the iPad? Or dp they get erased after a month or so?

I am heading to the USA in a few weeks and it would be nice to have free charts on my back up nav system. Actually my back up of the back up...


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Re: Navionics iPad US charts free??

Yes, they "stay on the iPad". I think it's only thirty or forty dollars for all U.S. Navionic maps. I also paid a small fee for the sonar charts. I love these maps and use them a lot.
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Re: Navionics iPad US charts free??

StraitShooter is correct. I also had the free Navionics app using the government maps... no, the maps are not deleted or anything. There is no charge to use them. However, I found that the Navionics charts and the Navionics SonarCharts (unbelievably detailed contours) were so useful that it was worth the small investment to get the more detailed charts.
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Old 06-05-2015, 05:47   #4
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Re: Navionics iPad US charts free??

Great to have the free ones free!

The paid for ones are increasing in price from "small" to bigger to $70.

As I have three plotters and 3 sets of charts already, the Navionics makes a 4th set of charts, so free is good

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Re: Navionics iPad US charts free??

You can in fact download all US charts for free. They do stay on your iPad . And you can download new updated charts whenever you want, also for free. We actually do get something for our taxes.


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Re: Navionics iPad US charts free??

Android too. Also with automatic govt charts for free.
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I hope your government hasn't added a few unmarked rock to keep us foreigners out.
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Re: Navionics iPad US charts free??

Mark,

what Navionics App are you using? I have Boating HD 7.5.1 here and it seems I can only buy charts for the US ...

Can it be that I need an account in the US App Store to get the free ones?

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Don't use Navionics in the Bahamas!! They are unreliable. Use only Xplorer charts in the Bahamas.
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@seacottage: Thanks for the advise but I do not intend to use them down here, need something to play with ;-)

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Re: Navionics iPad US charts free??

I have the Navionics app on my Android with the Caribbean & South America charts.

How do I get the free USA charts?

Do I already have them and just don't know it?

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Re: Navionics iPad US charts free??

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I have the Navionics app on my Android with the Caribbean & South America charts.

How do I get the free USA charts?

Do I already have them and just don't know it?

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