C-MAP vs Navionics Charts

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C-MAP vs Navionics Charts

Unread post by pgkush »

When I purchased my SeaRunner 190 ETHT last summer I had the dealer install the Lowrance HDS 12 Live MFD. I had the HDS 9 Gen 3 on my last boat. Generally speaking I am very happy with the HDS 12. Love the bigger screen. Still going through a learning curve of all the features.

The only thing I am a little underwhelmed by is the level detail of the Chart/Mapping that comes pre-installed with the unit. It comes with the "C-Map US Enhanced Inland and Coastal Mapping". It is okay, but seems like I had more level of detail on the older HDS 9 Gen 3 that I had.

Discussed this a little bit with the Lowrance rep that was at the Seattle Boat show. He indicated that is a complaint he has heard before. He suggested upgrading with the Navionics+ charting product. So, looking for some recommendations. What charting/mapping products are you using. Navioincs+ is around $199. Is it worth the money? Any other products you like?

I am mainly fishing in Puget Sound, Straits, and some of the big lakes in Eastern WA (Mainly Roosevelt)

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Re: C-MAP vs Navionics Charts

Unread post by redfish40 »

You can go to Navionics website and select chart viewer. That will let you take a look at what they have to offer. I have been very happy with Navionics software. They are always updating charts so you stay current.

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Re: C-MAP vs Navionics Charts

Unread post by Jeffrey98335 »

I use Navionics +. Never been a fan of the Cmaps. I have a Lowrance HDS 7 touch gen 2

I also installed WiFi as the gen2 didn’t have that functionality built in. I run a tablet (iPad Pro) w the boating app. The two link up and I can save waypoints on either device, and have it show up on the other device. I like the look and detail of the boating app software, but that leaves me upgrading two software items every year.......
2016 Hewescraft Searunner 190 ET/ST
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