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Old 22-09-2015, 21:49   #1
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Updating Charts and other tips

When going out scalloping the other day I prepared for navigation on my trip by making sure that I had the correct section of the Navionics chart downloaded to my iPad (I zoomed out and saw that the area I wanted to go was colored white which meant that the chart is downloaded for off-line use).
But when I got out on the river I realized that I didn't have any contour lines in the river on my chart!
I realized that I had not UPDATED the chart. It was downloaded but not UPDATED.
So in the app I went to menu->update all and downloaded the latest updates. Voila! My contour lines showed up.
Next time I'll make sure to update my chart before I leave so I don't use my cell data to download the data.
Live and learn.
Just figured I'd share what I learned this week.

What have you learned that would help other boaters?

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Old 24-09-2015, 13:19   #2
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Re: Updating Charts and other tips

I wish paper charts were available and for sale for any where in the world in a multitude of scales.

I love navionics, but I think of my plotter my for on the go use not so much for planning. For planning I want a paper chart laid out. But the don't sell them anymore and outside the US I don't even think you can download most.
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Old 24-09-2015, 13:24   #3
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Re: Updating Charts and other tips

Only the US, Brazil and New Zealand offer unencrypted charts afaik.

Unfortunately Australia followed the UK model of encrypted licenced charts. And you know the tech solution Australia will use will be crapware.

The biggest challenge as we approach our pending electronics upgrade is chart availibility as we plan to start cruising outside the US soon.

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Old 24-09-2015, 18:37   #4
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Re: Updating Charts and other tips

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Only the US, Brazil and New Zealand offer unencrypted charts afaik.

Unfortunately Australia followed the UK model of encrypted licenced charts. And you know the tech solution Australia will use will be crapware.

The biggest challenge as we approach our pending electronics upgrade is chart availibility as we plan to start cruising outside the US soon.

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If you're looking for electronic chart data the good thing about Navionics is that you can see the data that is available anywhere in the world by going to the webapp:
Navionics Webapp
The link above will take you to the webapp partially zoomed in over the Northeast Australian coast.
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