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Navionics SonarCharts Now Available on Lowrance and Simrad

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Have you owned a Lowrance, Simrad or B&G for some time? If so, you can create greatly enhanced SonarCharts™ of your favorite boating areas with almost no effort at all!

In fact, Lowrance, Simrad and B&G models automatically store sonar data by default during everyday use, so unless you have turned trails off, the whole library of sonar logs recorded since day one may be residing on the plotter’s memory. All you have to do now is export from your chartplotter to your Navionics card and upload to our website. Once sonar logs are saved on a card, it can be plugged into a computer and the data is transferred to Navionics through the internet to generate new SonarCharts™ for you and other boaters after about one week.

Here is how: http://www.navionics.com/en/plotter-tutorial/lowrance. You can print these instructions before you go to your boat or read them on your phone while you are onboard next to your sonar.

Only Navionics accepts sonar logs from all major brands including most models of Humminbird (DAT and GPX on all models, GPX only on ION and Onix), Raymarine (SDF, NMEA, GPX) and Garmin (ADM). Check http://www.navionics.com/en/compatibility. Boaters can choose to share all of their logs at once or they can record and export specific files. Learn more about SonarCharts™ and find tutorials on how to record sonar logs.

On GPS plotters, it’s included with Navionics+, Platinum+, and HotMaps Platinum for compatible plotters. Owners of any Gold, Silver, Marine & Lakes USA, and HotMaps Premium cards can have it with Navionics Updates.

Win a Trip to Fish with Bob Izumi Courtesy of Navionics

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You could win a fishing trip for two with Bob Izumi – Canada’s most popular bass fishing personality and TV host!

Bring your fishing buddy along with you to one of three exciting fishing hot spots!

Bay of Quinte, Ontario – Stuart, Florida – Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Promotion begins April 1, 2014 and ends on June 30, 2014. Winner will be announced July 1, 2014.

Entering the contest is easy! Complete the entry form and email izumitrip@navionics.com along with proof that you have either:
Updated your Navionics card with the Freshest Data, (Include a screenshot of completed process.
 or
Uploaded a sonar log to navionics.com. (Include a screenshot of completed process, or confirmation email received from Navionics.)
Alternate mail-in entry, send completed entry form along with proof of performance to;
Att: Bob Izumi Fishing Trip, Navionics, Inc., 6 Thatcher Lane, Wareham, MA 02571 USA

This promotion is open to all legal residents of Canada. Exact location and target species to be determined prior to trip. Trip includes – airfare, two nights hotel accommodations, ground transportation, and meals, plus use of fishing tackle and boat. Trip must take place before July 30, 2015.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Void where prohibited. Contest is open to legal residents of Canada of the age of majority as of 01/04/14. Begins 12:00:01 AM ET 01/04/14; ends 11:59 PM ET 30/06/14. Enter by updating your Navionics card, uploading a sonar log or by providing a related story. Grand Prize: Fishing trip for two with Bob Izumi (ARV $3,000). Further conditions apply. For Official Rules visit https://www.navionics.com/izumitripClick here for complete Official Rules.

Navionics SonarCharts Mapping Enhancements

Now available through Navionics Freshest Data updating program is Navionics SonarCharts. SonarCharts provides an alternative perspective for boaters and fishermen who want more detailed depth contours for safer navigation or for targeting productive fishing areas.

We all ask for better cartography. We all want the latest data. Now you can contribute and see the new details the next day. Buoys change, sand bars shift, new rocks and submerged structures are discovered every day. So why not see them all with SonarCharts?  The best part of all is it is a completely FREE service.  All you need to participate in this program is a Platinum Navionics chart.

Simply upload your sonar logs and within 24 hours the new bathimetric data is on your Platinum chart after using Freshest Data.

It’s fast and easy:

  • Record sonar using your GPS chart plotter
  • Upload sonar logs to the Navionics World Application
  • Navionics integrates the new data with existing data
  • Download New SonarCharts within 24 hours!

Even if your favorite lake is not mapped you can now go out, record your sonar data and create maps for that body of water.  This process will take a little longer than the 24hrs that the standard process takes.  In order to participate in this program all you need is a Platinum Navionics chart.

-Lawren

 

10% Off All Navionics Charts Until Aug 26th 2012

Starting on August 10th and running through August 26th we will be having a huge sale on all in stock Navionics charts.  We will be offering 10% off our already low prices on each chart purchase during this sale.

If you have a chart that is not updateable (Prior to Spring 2010) this is a great chance to purchase one at a reduced cost so you can take advantage of Navionics Freshest Data Program.  When you purchase your new chart it will be included with a USB card reader so you can download the latest updates from the web.  All you need to do is insert the card into the reader within 60 days of purchase and then plug the USB reader into a computer with internet connection and that’s it!  It’s literally that easy.  It will automatically begin a wizard for you to update your charts.  This is one of the easiest parts of your chartplotter system to update.  You are then entitled to 1 year of free updates for your chart.  With over 1000 updates per day you know you’ll have the most up to date information for all your boating or fishing trips.

Navionics manufactures many different charts for various application so determining which one you require is first step.   Platinum+ and Gold charts are better suited for pleasure boaters, sailors, and Great Lakes fishermen, while Hotmaps are geared towards inland lakes fishermen and cottagers.  Let’s take a look at what each chart option offers.

The Platinum+ charts are Navionics top of the line charts with just about every option imaginable.  They have full 2D charting data with NavAids, Marker Buoys, Contour Lines, Spot Soundings and Marina information.  They also include 3D charting, aerial photos of marina’s and port entrances, satellite photo overlays for land and water, and they also include the popular Fish’N’chip data which is high resolution bathymetric data which serious fishermen love.

Gold is the next charting in Navionics extensive product line and they have full 2D charting data with NavAids, Marker Buoys, Contour Line, Spot Soundings and Marina information.  These are one of our most popular charts and they cover an extensive charting region.  With just 2 charts you are able to cover all the coastal and Great Lakes waters of Canada and the USA.

For pleasure boaters and sailors the Platinum+ or Gold are the best choices as they have full navigational charting.  For fishermen on inland lakes in Canada there are two great choices.

Hotmaps Premium offers many lakes in HD format which include 1 foot contour lines for the serious fishermen.  This level of detail is what makes finding productive fishing spots a very quick process as the “spot on the spot” jumps right out at you.

Hotmaps Platinum has the same coverage area as the Premium and same detail level for the charting, plus it also offers 3D mapping for many lakes.  Also, included on the Hotmaps Platinum chart is satellite photo overlay and aerial photos for many marinas.

Whether you boat, sail, or fish Navionics is sure to have the right chart for you and at these sale prices there’s no better time to purchase one.

-Lawren

 

 

Navionics Community Layer Now Available on HDS

Navionics is proud to announce the next step in the Navionics Community Layer revolution.  In February 2012, the Navionics Web Store received an update that allows Community Layer (User Generated Content) to be downloaded along with Freshest Data to every eligible* chip.  UGC, user inputted data related to a specific location on a chart, is now viewable on compatible chart plotters such as Lowrance HDS Gen2 and Gen1 with more models are soon to come.

How to get it?

Whether you are a new or existing user, simply plug your Navionics chip into your PC after downloading the Navionics World Application from the web store on Navionics.com.  Follow the brief steps to ‘Get the Freshest Data’ and you will have UGC on your chip. It is that easy!

As an existing user of the Navionics World Application, you will receive an update notification upon your next Freshest Data attempt.

For new users of the Navionics World application, you will receive the updated application version. No update is necessary.

Above the image shows a Lowrance HDS Gen2 displaying Navionics Community Layer adding new Channel markers, Marina services, Boat Ramps etc.

How to view the Navionics Community Layer:

Lowrance HDS Gen2 : Menu > Chart Options > Community Layer

Lowrance HDS Gen1: download software update 4.1 here.
Menu > Chart Options > Community Layer

About Community Layer (User Generated Content):

A revolution in digital charts: not only are you empowered to edit your charts, but you also benefit from the contributions made by the entire community of Navionics users, all delivered in real time on your mobile device, and delivered daily to your Navionics chart along with Freshest Data. In 2011, Navionics received an Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show for demonstrating innovation in boating safety in the User Generated Content Layer within its mobile applications.

To date, over 200,000 edits have been made by the Navionics community that improve the accuracy of charting information and safety of Navigation. Navionics has seen significant contributions throughout the world where uncharted waters have been mapped overnight by the boating community of Navionics users. Users in the United States, Australia, Italy, UAE, Germany, UK, Russia and elsewhere have posted the equivalent to Notices to Mariners and fishing information at a rate that the world’s leading hydrographic offices complete in many years, if ever.

* Eligible charts for the Freshest Data program include Navionics Gold and Platinum+ as well as HotMaps Premium and HotMaps Platinum products purchased after 2010. 

-Lawren

NMEA 2000: Upgrading made easy!

For years plying the waters of our Great Lakes took skill and relied solely on
paper charts and the crackle of the ole marine radio! Nothing was more stressful
than plotting a dead reckoning on a raster chart during a 30 knot wind pushing
you closer to the rocks that you were trying to avoid in the first place!

Today, we enjoy and rely on electronic devices to solve our navigational and
communication problems. Take the new version of the maritime VHF radio! It
allows us to communicate our safety concerns within a third of a second for all
stations to hear. We can communicate with each other for a multitude of
reasons. We rely on radar, marine GPS Chartplotters and weather maps in one or
more marine devices.

Prices and competitive retail advantages have allowed all boaters the opportunity to own and enjoy all of these simple electronic pleasures. NMEA 2000 now makes hooking up all these devices a breeze. NMEA 2000 combines electrical and data specifications to set up a marine data network for communication between marine electronic devices such as radar, depth gauges, GPS – nautical chartplotters, navigation instruments, engine gauges, multiple tank level sensors and laptops. It has been defined by, and is controlled by,
the US based National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). More and more
electronic manufactures are making their products to this standard.

Next time you are in the store looking for a new addition to your boat’s marine
electronics package, look for the label NMEA 2000 compliant. NMEA 2000 makes it easier to install, reduces costs and allows boaters to mix electronic manufacturers so they can enjoy the best equipment on the market. The NMEA 2000 system is based on a single backbone cable that sends messages and data in both directions.


The above drawing illustrates how a NMEA 2000 backbone can connect a power boats’
electronic device such as a GPS, VHF, compass, engine data, navigation system,
etc.

I know what I’m doing in the Spring! My Carver’s electronic devices need an
upgrade and there is no better way to do it. Come in and see us to discuss your
NMEA networking needs.

John

1984 Carver 3207