A57, iPhone, & HDS-10 — Navionics everywhere


The photo isn’t fair, because the shooter (me) is reflected in the Raymarine A57D‘s screen and the iPhone is in an Otter Box which includes a screen protector that muted its display in a way I don’t notice in normal use.  But there’s some truth here, too; the screen on the Lowrance HDS 10 has been bright, crisp, and completely readable in all light conditions so far experienced on Li’l Gizmo’s completely exposed helm, whereas the other two have sometimes been quite hard to read.  Another truth is…

Another truth is that Navionics, which surely has been on a roll
recently, is producing charts — often in multiple forms — for all
these machines.  The Ray A is showing its built-in Navionics Silver
level charts, but can also display Gold and Platinum cards, the iPhone
is showing Navionics’ own Gold Mobile 2 but that format is also
supported pretty nicely by iNavX, and the HDS is actually showing
Lowrance’s own Insight USA charts, which are quite good but which Navionics is competing well with.
    As of a recent software update, the HDS can also display Navionics Platinum SD cards, and I’m impressed with what I’ve seen so far.  While the photo overlay definitely needs some work, the 2D and 3D chart views looked great (better than the early screen shot below) and zoomed/panned, and even went turbo, with fair agility.  The HDS seems to have plenty of horsepower for snazzy chart manipulation — even while hooked to its fishfinder transducer, several NMEA 2000 sensors, and a Class B AIS transponder — and I’m sure Navico developers are working hard to improve the presentations even as I write. I intend to do more Ray A and HDS testing on Li’l Gizmo, and the big Gizmo test platform is coming together too.  But first I have to repair a little Memorial Day damage 😉


Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

1 Response

  1. William A says:

    There is another HDS software update due at the end of May.
    Following the release of HDS Update on May 15, 2009, field reports indicated a concern with HDS units not reading select U.S. lake maps on a limited number of Navionics charts. Specifically, the problem is known to affect portions of lake maps on Navionics HotMaps Premium North and HotMaps Premium East 2009 charts.
    Navionics is developing a solution to correct this issue with Lowrance HDS models, and the Lowrance software solution is scheduled to be available for download from this website by the end of May. In addition to the Navionics chart-reading correction, this next-available software update will dramatically decrease the chart-load time for all Lowrance maps, including the incredible, new INSIGHT shaded-relief charts.
    Also there is an issue with depth soundings and
    way points being up side down or side ways in
    Navionics 3D while panning.
    (check the soundings in the charts you posted).

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