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Old 23-02-2013, 23:49   #1
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Navionics Charts... Which version?

I have bought a new plotter. Raymarine E125.
Its about as much use as a chocolate teapot without some charts though...
So, Have you any experience of Navionics Gold and Platinum series?
Is the Platinum worth the premium over Gold?
We will be cruising the Med long term and most ports of call will be completely new to us... Im thinking the Google Earth style images in Platinum may be very useful?

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Old 24-02-2013, 01:38   #2
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We're using Navionics Gold. I think platinum has less coverage. For google earth images you could try Open CPN and a laptop. The google earth plug-in works quite well.

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Old 24-02-2013, 02:05   #3
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Re: Navionics Charts... Which version?

Having used a Raymarine C90 plotter on the last two boats I bought one for my current boat, the new one came with charts so I didn't bother with a Gold insert card as I had with the old ones. I was disappointed with detail so bought a card, only to find it was not the chart but the set up I had used. What I was told by the supplier was that all charts carry the same level of detail, its the extras, such as photographic or 3D that vary, so if you want them buy Platinum. I don't have those extras, but I find the system ideal for the Med with the usual and occasional anomalies that you get when the underlying paper chart is an old survey!
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I think Platinum is not worth it. I believe it offers some photo charts, but nothing that is going to improve your navigation. Photo charts can be obtained in Google Earth cache if you want them and have a computer.
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