Jeppesen & C-Map, “the game changes”?

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.

4 Responses

  1. Russ says:

    The real question is does this drive former C-map customers, like Furuno, further into the arms of Navionics? Since Nobeltec is selling plotters, AIS, Radar, etc., why would Furuno want to be dependent on their competition for support? Why would they want to disclose to Nobeltec their new product lines while they’re under development?
    Navionics is probably thrilled that Jeppesen has taken their primary competition off the market.
    My guess is that Jeppensen will go after the commercial market very agressively and we recreational customers will see a more professional company, but not necessary a rush of new products or capabilities. Transas is the big loser in this deal as their customer is now going to be a fiece competitor for their commercial business.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I’m not so sure about that, Russ. I’ve heard folks at Nobeltec say that they don’t want to be in the hardware business, and it seems like Jeppesen has never tried to produce avionics hardware.

  3. Russ says:

    Counterpoint: I agree that Jeppensen doesn’t sell avionics. But Jeppesen has owned Nobeltec for a couple of years now and during that period they have significantly expanded their hardware offerings and the majority of the “improvements” in the newer versions of their s/w have to been to support the hardware products. If they don’t want to be in the h/w business then why are they selling hardware?
    Right now they sell a plotter (VNS/Admiral + Nobeltec GPS + PC), radar, sounder, heading sensor and AIS. I don’t think these are “best of class” products, but if I was Raymarine, Garmin or Furuno it would look to me like competition. No such issue with Navionics.
    Personally, I’d prefer to see them discontinue their hardware products and raise the game by improving the quality of the charts; we have plenty of h/w vendors. The C-map “Max Wides” for $199 will certainly put some price pressure on Navionics also, but it’s price pressure, not quality pressure.
    Where does Garmin buy their “Blue Charts”?

  4. Chris Ellingsen says:

    Although they say that it will be business as usual at C-Map, I wonder if they will continue to promote their recent policy of exclusivity ie. that one software which is compatible with one of C-Map cartography can not be compatible simultaneously with any other cartography.
    This has caused MaxSea to have to sell two different versions since 12.5, one for C-Map and one for all other cartography formats. They are obviously not very happy about this as can be seen from this entry in their knowledgebase:
    “This new politic has been imposed by C-Map. MaxSea International strongly regrets it because it undermines MaxSea strategy and because it is totally against user interest. Unfortunately it is totally beyond MaxSea International control which apologies for the inconvenience.”
    Of course it will affect any other chart software that wants to support multiple formats. Just one more reason for software manufacturers to avoid C-Map and possibly go with Navionics.

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