Definitely turn off the tides and current
layer. I found that it's even a noted known-problem in their release notes. The annoying thing is that 2.07 has been out for over a year with this known problem and its still not fixed.
Most of my crashes where also while loading/updating charts. I have since turned off the tides and currents and not seen further crashes, but I would not say it's a conclusive fix since I have very little run time on the system since making that change, and I have not loaded any charts.
I'm looking at outfitting a new boat now and facing selection of electronics
. The question I've been asking myself is whether anyone else is any better?
My past experience with Raymarine
is that their stuff is even more flakey, and their support is either really good or really bad. So for me, they are out.
I've heard almost all good things about Garmin
, but looking at their stuff at the Ft Lauderdale Boat Show
, I see that Garmin is the only source for charts. To me, this is not OK outside the US. In the US it doesn't really matter since everyone's charts are based off the NOAA raster and vector charts which are excellent. But everywhere else the source data is varied, and in my limited experience in Canada
, you can be completely screwed if you are limited to a single vendor's charts. This is one of the things I like about Furuno - you can use the NOAA charts, Navionics
, or standard HO-57. Wherever you are, you can pick the best of breed. Making that pick can be a crap-shoot as I found in Canada
, but at least there is a choice. So because of charts, I have a hard time taking Garmin seriously. If I were only navigating in the US I'd feel differently, but I'm going world-wide.
is a possibility, but I haven't looked into them enough to really have an opinion. That said, I think they are a distant 4th behind Raymarine
, Garmin, and Furuno, and I've never felt it wise to go with the back of the pack unless they have some killer advantage.
So right now I'm still thinking Furuno is the best of them. But they will have to resolve the issue I have with a broken C-map
chart that forced me to buy the equivalent Navionics chart. So far no fix, no refund, and no credit for the broken chart after nearly 6 months. If that doesn't get resolved soon, then they are dead to me.