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Old 06-04-2014, 17:09   #1
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Raymarine Lighthouse Charts are Free(?)

Saw the latest West Marine flyer, and there was a big ad for Raymarine on the back cover. Despite my assumption that consumer grade GPS chartplotter's begin and end with Garmin, I took a look at the low end Raymarine Dragonfly (5.7 inch display). It looked pretty nifty and Anchor express had it for under $500 without charts.

So I m thinking, aha, that's where they get you! And in fact the biggest reason I have used OpenCPN and not bought a full honest to goodness dedicated chartplotter for mounting by the wheel was the lock-in to proprietary charts. It seems that Raymarine Lighthouse charts (raster and vector) are free! Select Raster or Vector Charts

I think this may be the year I buy a real chartplotter. Does anyone have experienc with these units, or the Lighthouse charts? Maybe they are easily generated from free NOAA charts (Raymarine cautions that Lighthouse charts are not updated as quickly as NOAA charts).
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