Furuno NN3D charts, some issues?

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.

8 Responses

  1. Bob A. says:

    I have the 12″ unit and had my dealer install the Bahamas last week. The dealer showed me that when he did this, the Bahamas were added and additionally, all of the NOAA Vector Charts on the unit in South Florida below Cape Canaveral were replaced by the Navionics Platinum Charts!! I didn’t know that this would happen but, I like the Navionics Charts and didn’t realize I would get them as part of the Bahamas Chart Pack. I called Furuno and they said that this was normal. They also suggested splitting the screen and running two charts together at different ranges or pushing the 3D Button to look further ahead at the same range to get a better perspective when looking at the Rasters because I had a similar problem of looking at a paper chart on a smaller screen. This works pretty good for me.
    Maybe Furuno will allow customers to install the Navionics Vector Charts anywhere they want in the future as long as they pay for them.

  2. Russ says:

    That is startling news and very welcome. If there is a way to augment the MM3 charts with Navionics I would really like to hear more about that, both to improve the chart quality, and to supplement the coverage.
    I’m sure I’m not the only one going south this fall that wishes there were charts for Bermuda. I’ll have a state of the art radar, and a paper chart.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, Bob! I want to make it clear to readers, though, that the only Navionics data in the NavNet 3D chart region is the charts themselves. As Furuno puts it: “The vector charts datacore is by Navionics and then converted to the TimeZero format.”
    I don’t know where Furuno/MapMedia sources its photo maps, but I’ve heard that what they offer for the Bahamas is the best around. Have you checked them out, Bob?

  4. YSNW says:

    Our problem in the Northwest is the lack of Canadian
    charts. They are saying mid July now.

  5. Microship says:

    Canadian charts in Mid-July? But where do we get the NN3D boxes to run them on? <wry chuckle>
    I have had two (8 and 12) on order for a while. Now I’m doing all kinds of kluge work-arounds on the installation of other nav systems (something else to gateway old 0183 stuff, temporary mounts for DSM250 and AP24 head since I don’t want big gaping holes in the pilothouse helm, keeping an old GPS, lots of temporary cabling, working on borrowing a chartplotter to get me through an upcoming adventure, etc.). I’m really looking forward to being concerned with the available charts… at the moment, the product line still feels like sort of an abstract leap of faith… though I still believe it’s going to be good eventually!
    (But it’s good to hear the news about Canada, YSNW… hi from La Conner.)

  6. Bob A. says:

    I didn’t realize it but, you are right. The Bahamas Sat Photos in the chart pack I bought are very detailed and better than the charts in many areas. My dealer told me that they are better than anything else on the market. It’s funny that Furuno hasn’t really said anything about these high res sat photos.

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, Bob. I know that photo maps are very valuable in the Bahamas, where the official charting is pretty poor. The Bahamas are quite unusual that way; most of the major chart vendors are now using data from private cartographers instead of, or in addition to, tracing the official charts.
    I wonder if that’s what Furuno means by a “new and improved {Bahamas} data set that will be available in Fall 2008?” Maybe they are using Navionics older data set now, and will be going to the new one—some of which Navionics collected itself—in the Fall?

  8. John Ford says:

    FYI.. It appears as though Furuno is attempting to address some of the missing charts. They same some mid level charts are missing and a few detail charts are missing.

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