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Old 06-03-2016, 21:42   #1
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Navionics Plus - new format sucks

Did you know that a Navionics won't sell you charts on data cards anymore! They would last year, but no more. Now (since January of 2016), when you need a chart for your Raymarine chart-plotter, they send you a formatted blank card and a little slip of paper that says "see our website". What they mean is "download it yourself". After fumbling through a poorly organized site, you find a "chart installer" app you need to download, then you get to teach yourself all the annoying shortcomings of the Navionics installation software. It still costs $250 (or 3X the price of the same charts for your iPad), you just get less now.
So, if you're a cruiser in a La Paz, MX marina with crappy wifi (Marina Palmira), you head to local internet cafe to download the South Pacific, square by square, by dragging a little box around. Do the folks at Navionics realize how big the Pacific is? BTW, my Raymarine ONLY accepts Navionics! Just thought would might want to know before you purchased any new hardware.
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Old 14-04-2016, 19:39   #2
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Re: Navionics Plus - new format sucks

Just curious -- did you get the Navionics Updates card? I got some info in an promo email from Navionics that the Platinum cards come pre-loaded with the SonarCharts, so it seems like you wouldn't need the hassle of the computer to get things up and running (the email was for a promo this month, so it peaked my interest and I looked into it a bit more).

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Old 14-04-2016, 19:43   #3
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Re: Navionics Plus - new format sucks

I would avoid navionics they're notoriously inaccurate in certain areas and almost dangerous in others ( the Bahamas charts are especially dangerous)
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Old 28-04-2016, 18:25   #4
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Re: Navionics Plus - new format sucks

We cruised the Caribbean and Bahamas with no problems at all using Navionics charts. For sure, no chart in the world exists that is correct in all locations but that is why Navionics empowered us with Community Edits. If you see a spot that is inaccurate you can actually mark that and update the chart. To do this use the community edits feature. This feature is accessed in different ways on different hardware (different chartplotters) but in the app you just have to click on the spot on the chart, click the question mark and click "Edit Chart". Once you add the updated information the data is uploaded to Navionics (via wifi once you get back within wifi range), the data is reviewed and then the chart is updated so that other users will get that valuable information.

As for having to download charts, it sounds like you got one of the chips that requires you to download the areas you're interested in sailing.
There are a few options for "plug and play" Navionics chips including Navionics+ and Platinum. The platinum chips include 3D images and aerial photos which are really helpful for, say, when you're going into a port in you've never been. You want to see the inlet, the harbor, and the docks. The Platinum chips are perfect for that. And no download necessary. We just got a new Platinum chip and they are actually on sale right now $30 off. Win-win.
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