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Aquamap for Furuno, et al
Mapmedia charts used by Furuno, Nobeltec, etc. are total junk compared to Aquamap. Are any high-end MFD manufacturers embracing charts and overlays as Aquamap uses?
Which chart regions are you using, Howard, and what is that you find 'junky' in the other charts?
Hi Ben - I am using the latest C-Map-Jeppesen charts on my Nav Net 3D system. For openers, Mapmedia provides photos of Venezuela as part of the east coast chart pack! No photos available for the east coast except for the old original Furuno shots. In my trip down from Michigan to Florida, I found very little difference from S57's. I did find lots of missing buoys. More to the point, I guess, is that I discovered Aquamap with its USACE overlays for the ICW. What a difference! Sadly I navigated from Virginia to Florida with my iPhone in my left hand even though I have two 17" monitors on my black box Nav Net system! Furuno has been of little help and I have contacted two south Florida dealers and paid for one to come on the boat. Not much knowledge there and no improvement. In the end, the conclusion is that the charts are just "weak". I am now looking for a good way to get Aquamap projected onto one of my 17" monitors.
"For openers, Mapmedia provides photos of Venezuela as part of the east coast chart pack!" -- well, that's weird and also doesn't match my experience with Mapmedia satellite photo maps. When I go to Furuno's TZT chart catalog and filter for "USA East Coast" and "Navionics Datacore" I see five regions of "Vector charts, 3D data and Satellite photos" with only the Caribbean region includes the north coast of South America (which seems sensible and nice).
But those sat photos are nothing like Mapmedia's own high-resolution Satellite PhotoFusion images that I find very valuable when overlaid on any type of their charts. Change the Chart Type filter to Satellite Photo for those -- confusing, I agree -- and you'll see many small US east coast regions, all free to download except for the 64GB East Coast SD card that can save someone (less frugal than I) a LOT of large file downloading and transferring (plus the Bahamas, with 9 sub regions, and the Caribbean, both of which shouldn't be in a US East Coast region filter).
Also, I cruised Camden to New Bern with a loaner TZT2 loaded with all Mapmedia chart types and came to prefer the free NOAA rasters. I eventually bought that test unit as my main MFD and have come to like the NOAA vectors almost as well, especially when I'm overlaying radar. I've tried Aqua Map (though not the USACE overlays) and if I wanted to use it regularly I'd do so on an iPad Pro 11 that fits at my helms, and is useful for all sorts of other boat duties.