Bluechart

  • 159. Top Tips Tuesday - If All Goes To Plan - Electronic Nautical Charts and Updates

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    If all goes to plan (never seems to in the Storrar household) we load the Mystery onto a low loader and truck her down to Port St Louis near Marseille and then sail her round to Corfu in mid May. If it had all been plain sailing from the time we purchased the hull and deck, Hindsight would have been in the water completed by  the spring of 2015. We would have then taken our time and sailed her down the East Coast through the Channel, across the Bay of Biscay and into the Med, however it was not to be. Why? Difficulty selling our last boat, family ill health etc etc! However feeling slightly optimistic this weekend, not sure why cos Jenny’s wrist which she broke some two weeks ago is not looking good and on top of that her car still has not passed it's MOT test, not that she could drive it in her present state, I sat onboard and ‘played’ with my Raymarine plotter after inserting the Navionics Platinum+ electronic chart 33P+. Maybe my ‘sunny’ mood was due to the fact that there is a special offer on them at present and Andy (now my boss and me a part time worker) suggested delaying my purchase till last week! Platinum+ gives you all the bells and whistles:

     *   3 Dimensional Views  *   Satellite overlays  *   Dock to Dock Autorouting  *   Plus of course HD Sonar, freshest data and community edits.

    Until the end of May we have a special offer on Navionics Platinum+ XL3 charts now at only £219.95 (RRP £299.95)

    If you are not starting from afresh why not take advantage of the fact that Garmin have just released their Bluechart update for the 2017 season, likewise C-Map, so if you want to be bang up to date send it back post haste (make sure you send it signed for) and we will upgrade it by return! If you're currently using Navionics, update your electronic chart at a discounted price against a new one and benefit from free updates for the next 12 months. Simply order an update card and you can do the update yourself online.

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  • Bluechart update

    Garmin have announced the availability of new marine cartography coverage for Germany France and the Netherlands. The cards include detailed mapping of inland waterways for regions EU060R - Germany Inland Waters, EU061R - France Inland Waters and EU018R - the existing Netherlands region now extended to cover also the inland waters. The new maps cover all major rivers, channels, canals and lakes and are available in both g2 and g2 Vision format . Also available is a number of extended nautical chart content of LARGE and X Large coverage cards for numerous European regions. The new inland waterways content has been added as a result of a data collaboration with C-MAP by Jeppesen, in continuation of the lately announced agreement.

  • Superyachts

    Well, I can only dream, another order for electronic Garmin Bluecharts from the skipper of a Superyacht! What is fascinating is to Google the name of the yacht & just see how the other half live. This particular beauty was  83 mtrs long, has accommodation for just twelve guests but fifteen crew! Superyacht - Bluechart Customer Whilst on the subject of charts, after Paul & Rachel Chandlers capture and release by Somali pirates we have been selling the Admiralty ‘anti piracy’ chart in increasing numbers. Chart no Q6099 covers the ‘no go areas’ in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden & the Arabian Sea. Anti-piracy Chart Q6099

  • Discontinued Bluechart support for Garmin units

    We have had a number of customers ask us recently for Bluechart charts for older Garmin units where chart support has been withdrawn. Don't be tempted to buy a 2nd hand Garmin or even a new one at a knock down price before checking on whether you can still get charts for it! Charts are not available now for the following units which are only compatible with Traditional BlueChart (not with BlueChart g2 or g2 Vision):

    eTrex Legend GPSMAP 162 GPSMAP 496
    eTrex Legend C GPSMAP 168 GPSMAP 60
    eTrex Legend Cx GPSMAP 172 GPSMAP 60C
    eTrex Legend H GPSMAP 172C GPSMAP 60CS
    eTrex Legend Hcx GPSMAP 176 GPSMAP 76
    eTrex Summit HC GPSMAP 176C GPSMAP 76C
    eTrex Venture Cx GPSMAP 178 GPSMAP 76CS
    eTrex Venture HC GPSMAP 178C GPSMAP 76S
    eTrex Vista GPSMAP 182/182C GPSMAP 96
    eTrex Vista C GPSMAP 188/188C GPSMAP 96C
    eTrex Vista Cx GPSMAP 196 GPSMAP 2010/2010C
    eTrex Vista H GPSMAP 2006/2006C
    eTrex Vista HCx GPSMAP 232
    GPS 18 GPSMAP 238
    GPS V GPSMAP 296
    GPSMAP 495
  • Older Garmin GPS Plotters - Charts no longer available

    Garmin have now discontinued the Bluechart traditional datacards. Charts are not available now for the following units which are only compatible with Traditional BlueChart (not with BlueChart g2 or g2 Vision):  

    eTrex Legend GPSMAP 162 GPSMAP 496
    eTrex Legend C GPSMAP 168 GPSMAP 60
    eTrex Legend Cx GPSMAP 172 GPSMAP 60C
    eTrex Legend H GPSMAP 172C GPSMAP 60CS
    eTrex Legend Hcx GPSMAP 176 GPSMAP 76
    eTrex Summit HC GPSMAP 176C GPSMAP 76C
    eTrex Venture Cx GPSMAP 178 GPSMAP 76CS
    eTrex Venture HC GPSMAP 178C GPSMAP 76S
    eTrex Vista GPSMAP 182/182C GPSMAP 96
    eTrex Vista C GPSMAP 188/188C GPSMAP 96C
    eTrex Vista Cx GPSMAP 196 GPSMAP 2010/2010C
    eTrex Vista H GPSMAP 2006/2006C
    eTrex Vista HCx GPSMAP 232
    GPS 18 GPSMAP 238
    GPS V GPSMAP 296
    GPSMAP 495
  • Garmin Bluecharts - watch out!

    If you have one of the older Garmin plotters - 172,178, 182, 188, 2000 series - be advised that Bluecharts on the 'Traditional' Garmin datacard will not be available at all after 15th December 2011. If you are thinking of extending your sailing area, better order up the required charts soon. Note that although these are charts are still available, they are the Version 2008.5 release and not updated. While we do have in-house programming capability for Bluecharts, this however does not apply to traditional datacards, so please allow up to 3 working days for delivery.

  • Garmin Bluechart Update

    We now have in-house capability to program most Bluecharts, so no more waiting. In addition Garmin have just released update V13, so now is a good time to buy new charts or to send in your old Bluecharts for updating. Finally for those lucky enough to be sailing Ireland's inland waters with a Garmin plotter, there's a new chart release ‘Ireland Waterways-The Shannon

  • BlueChart g2® and g2 Vision® 2011, Now Available

    Another boating season, another Garmin BlueChart update!  In the continuous effort to keep our marine charting the most up-to-date, Garmin Europe is pleased to announce worldwide coverage availability for the updated 2011 format for BlueChart g2 and g2 Vision, replacing the previous 2010.5 version.  The well known BlueChart g2 and g2 Vision 2011 complement and enhance our marine and handheld product line with multiple user benefits: •          Seamless data transition between zoom levels and harmonious transition across chart borders •          Fishing depth contours included in both BlueChart g2 and BlueChart g2 Vision formats •           “Safety Shading” settings with a selection of up to five values •          Standardised depth contours and isobath areas •          Minimized chart discontinuities and clutter •          Combining the best available data from multiple sources to create the most accurate and detailed chart available •          BlueChart g2 as lower cost electronic option for the Garmin handheld series and lower-end plotters Here below are the enhancements in BlueChart g2 & g2 Vision 2011: •          Introduction of deep water depth contours in the Fishing Chart display (deeper than 1000 mt) •          Numerous chart and notice-to-mariner updates

  • Considering a new chartplotter?

    Your budget may well decide whether it is going to be a basic greyscale 4" job, or a 10" multifunction Plotter/Radar/Engine management system. However the other main factor to consider is the charting you will be using. Quite a number of plotters are available with pre-loaded European charts which you may find overkill in the event you never go more than 30 miles from your home base. With Garmin plotters, there's a choice of Garmin bluechart or simply a basemap. The top of the range Bluechart g2 Vision give you full 3D graphics above and below water, as do the C-Map pro series and the Navionics Platinum. They are really exciting and sexy, but you need to decide if you find those formats useful, because they are also considerably more expensive. So much so that now you can actually hire a C-Map pro chart for 4 months instead of buying one. This could become a trend quite easily in the same way that you can now use software over the internet instead of having to install it on your pc.

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