Navionics® Platinum+ Multi-Dimensional Electronic Marine Charts on SD for Chartplotters
Oh my gosh!
I may not be an expert, but I can't imagine anything being any better. I put this into my Lawrence Gen 2 touch screen, and wow! No special instructions, it just merged with the software already there. You could not believe it! It gave me every reef, rock and wreck, and even grass. When I was too deep for my depth sounder to work, I knew how deep I was by looking on the chart. It showed me right where the wall was, and even had local names for many of the places I fished. Great tool.
June 28, 2013
Don't buy...terrible customer service
I've yet to be able to get this card to work. Presumably I need to upgrade it, to use it on my Lowrance LMS 522. I've followed Navionics web-sites instructions to upgrade the card and it simply won't work. Multiple emails to Navionics has yet to yield a reply. I'd give them no stars if I could.
I'm going to try calling them next. There's no phone support number that I can find on their site, so I'll just call their North American Headquarters. Depending on their response, I will update this post.
June 25, 2013
Upgrade for GPS
I recently mounted a Lowrance HDS-8 on my center console bay boat. I absolutely love the HDS-8 and it's many features, but was disappointed in the quality of the pre-loaded mapping. For instance, one of the spots where I fish has an approximately 100 ft concrete breakwall coming out perpendicular to the shoreline. The HDS-8 mapping doesn't show it at all. Bad news if you're unfamiliar with the local waters. From previous experience with Navionics mapping, I was pretty sure the Platinum+ would include important details like that and it didn't disappoint! Very detailed, great quality! Photo overlays great for helping find skinny water in the back bays.
May 12, 2011
I got two new Hummingbird GPS fish finders and neither the base map nor the Navionics SD cards show all the fishing areas. I am on Joe Wheeler lake in Alabama and a lot of the favorite fishing areas (like Decatur Flats) are shown simply as shallow water which is not true. Both Garmin and Lowrance show these areas submerged creeks and humps from shore to shore.
June 21, 2010