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Old 30-10-2023, 08:24   #1
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Navionics and Sonarphone

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I recently purhcased a Vexilar Sonarphone with the intention of using it with the Navionics app to produce localized sonar charts. However, the sonarphone did not communicate with Navioncs. There are a number of YouTube videos about this, and its seemed pretty straightforward.

After a couple hours of messing around, I sent emails to both Vexilar and Navionics. So far nothing from Vexilar, and a one-liner from Navioncs saying, "We have removed the compatibility with the Vexilar system."

That's pretty unhelpful, so I have asked if Navionics still supports any sonar device - so far, crickets! no answer. Navionics seems on a downward trajectory since Garmin took over!

Does anyone have the answer? Is there any other app that supports a wifi sonar device for mapping?

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Old 30-10-2023, 08:51   #2
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Re: Navionics and Sonarphone

I don’t know what you mean by a “WiFi sonar”, but my Navionics iPad app works fine with the WiFi NMEA0183 data stream that comes from my B&G system. Depth mapping works fine.
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Vexilar made (once upon a time) a depth measurement device that connected via Wifi to an iThing app. I’ve still got one someplace., but haven’t tried it in a while. Very convenient to use from a dinghy.
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Hi
I recently purhcased a Vexilar Sonarphone with the intention of using it with the Navionics app to produce localized sonar charts. However, the sonarphone did not communicate with Navioncs. There are a number of YouTube videos about this, and its seemed pretty straightforward.

After a couple hours of messing around, I sent emails to both Vexilar and Navionics. So far nothing from Vexilar, and a one-liner from Navioncs saying, "We have removed the compatibility with the Vexilar system."

That's pretty unhelpful, so I have asked if Navionics still supports any sonar device - so far, crickets! no answer. Navionics seems on a downward trajectory since Garmin took over!

Does anyone have the answer? Is there any other app that supports a wifi sonar device for mapping?

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Re: Navionics and Sonarphone

FWIW... I use a Deeper portable sonar to do depth surveys (connected by WiFi to smartphone), export the results to csv file, ultimately making charts with SASPLANET/SAT2CHART.
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I recently purhcased a Vexilar Sonarphone with the intention of using it with the Navionics app to produce localized sonar charts. However, the sonarphone did not communicate with Navioncs. There are a number of YouTube videos about this, and its seemed pretty straightforward.

After a couple hours of messing around, I sent emails to both Vexilar and Navionics. So far nothing from Vexilar, and a one-liner from Navioncs saying, "We have removed the compatibility with the Vexilar system."

That's pretty unhelpful, so I have asked if Navionics still supports any sonar device - so far, crickets! no answer. Navionics seems on a downward trajectory since Garmin took over!

Does anyone have the answer? Is there any other app that supports a wifi sonar device for mapping?

Thanks
Neil
Hi Neil
I purchased the Vexilar to use from my dinghy to create Sonar Charts Live on the Navionics App and it has worked in the past. I've used it to create contours for places like White Sound and Black Sound at Green Turtle Cay.

I would be disappointed to hear they've discontinued this functionality, but Navionics is now Garmin and Garmin have a track record of discontinuing acquisition like with Vesper... I will be interested to see other responses here.
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Re: Navionics and Sonarphone

Hello, I've just come back to my boat and discovered that it's no longer integrated. I do have sonar in the Vexilar application but not in Navionics.
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Yes, Navionics has stopped cooperating with Vexilar. The last version that worked together nicely was 19.00. Anyone who wants to use it can find "Navionics® Boating 19.0" from Google. If you don't update the app then you can still use it for a while. I tested it at the moment and it (old version) works fine.
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If you are referring to the current Navionics mobile app, it works with any device that outputs depth and location on a WiFi NEMA0183 stream. It is device agnostic. It uses that data to built local sonar maps, if configured to do so.

Since that approach is pretty much standard, and available from most devices if I was Navionics I wouldn’t be wasting development resources supporting anybody's proprietary data stream.
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Agree, but in terms of ease of use, it was the best solution for a portable sensor. Not all boats are always ships...sometimes less is more. I preferred it because it can be attached to a sled on ice for the winter fishing.
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