My previous boat
had a B&G Zeus 2 chartplotter
, and we used a Max N+ Wide chip NA.Y027.33 issued in July 2015. This version of the chip did not have Active Captain
on it, but it did have aerial photos, marina layout diagrams, marina services, etc. You touched the marina icon and a pop-up appeared with all of the information available. Looked like folders at that point, and you touched the folder with the info you wanted, and it opened, etc.
We just purchased a Zeus 3 at the Annapolis
show, but it hasn't shipped yet. Am going back to the same chip as previous, because it covers Texas
thru the Bahamas
, and is Explorer chart based in the Bahamas. BTW, the current
version of this Max N+ Wide chip is NA.Y027.41, issued in March 2018. At the show, I asked Garmin
and B&G reps whether the new chip would have Active Captain, and they either said "don't know" or "no."
Finally, C-Map customer service
rep back in December 2017 emailed this to me when I asked about Active Captain: "Correct, in 2016 we incorporated the Active Captain data into the actual MAX-N+ card. The implementation was quite nice, and while static, it still showed all of the reviews
and ratings. However, due to some changes in the software
and compilation tools, it was removed in the Spring 2017 update, and we have no firm date on when it will make it back in - hopefully in the Spring 2018."
My expectation is that Active Captain data has not been restored. However, if you are missing marina detail, aerial pics, services list, etc., it might be that the Max-N+ chip has that, whereby the base Max-N does not. I think that was the sales pitch
when the N+ came out. The Zeus can only use Max-N, the Zeus 2 can used Max-N+.