I must be getting slow..those senior moments are becoming my normal state!
Somehow I didn’t realise that I am eligible for chart updates for 1 year. There is an app to install on your PC that gives you access to your charts on the PC as well as on the chart plotter – duh.
Navionics have cleverly wrapped this offer up within the requirement to open an “account” in their online store. Once you download the software, you can insert your chart card into your laptop and copy one of 5 licenced copies of your chart to your laptop for route and waypoint planning. You can then update your chart card with free chart updates for 1 year. After you register you will be sent a zero cost invoice – seems a bit unnecessary but I suppose it hammers home the idea that this is only free for year 1 of your ownership of the chart area.
As Navionics says on their web site..”Buoys change, sand bars shift, new rocks and bottom structures are found, and new detail is constantly being added to our charts by using the latest technology: satellite imagery, airborne laser, sonar, Notices to Mariners, plus hundreds of thousands of changes made by our community members through Community Layer. In fact, we make more updates in one week than the leading hydrographic offices do in an entire year. Freshest Data are delivered to you every day, to make sure you enjoy boating with peace of mind and the absolute best chart content. Freshest Data is free for one year* and must be started within 2 months of product purchase…”
The whole process is fast and clearly described…that’s an innovation in the marine industry in itself
|Register your chart||Download updates|
Use the PC based software to import/export routes & waypoints
Having updated your chart data, you can then use a basic route and waypoint editor to import/export data to a Micro SD card (not your chart card!) and update your new e series chart plotter.
This sort of obviates the need to buy Raymarine’s Voyage Planner for $70 – if you just want to import/export data by SD card.
Raymarine’s Voyage Planner does do a lot more in the sense that it uses the built in WiFi connection in the new e series to carry out the import/export rather than rely on the SD card. Raymarine also offer their new Voyage Xchange web site where you can swap and exchange data with other boaters…
Looks like everyone has discovered “crowd sourcing” years after Active Captain explained how it applied to the boating community, and made a success of it…