chart plotter charts

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by dvx216, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. dvx216

    dvx216 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 1, 2012
    Catawaba Island,Oh.
    2000 310 sundancer 5.7

    twin 5.7 300 Hp.
    Do you update your electronic charts every year
  2. Mike Blake

    Mike Blake Active Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    Yankeetown FL West coast
    89 340 Sundance all Raymarine.
    Gas hogs 454X2.
    Every 2 years for me.
  3. tc410

    tc410 Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 9, 2006
    Charlevoix, MI/Jupiter, FL
    2005 550DB
    MAN CRM-900
    I don't think it's necessary in the Great Lakes to update every year - or even every two or three. For instance, I spent the long dollar last year on the full blown platinum chart for my e120 and I was shocked to see that it still has the old configuration for our marina (public facility). Our Marina was completely redesigned 8-10 years ago and protrudes much further into the harbor than our old one. That's not much of an update!
  4. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    A second entrance to New Buffalo harbor was filled in near 15 years ago and the most recent charts do not have he wall noted. The auto guidance will route the vessel right into the wall. The wall is not noted on any chart or plotter I have checked.

    On Lake Michigan we can get by with updates every 5 years or so, as so little changes.

    For many of my friends that means they update when the get a new boat. LOL

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  5. Bresco

    Bresco Member

    Jan 3, 2011
    Niagara River
    44 Sundancer 2006
    Cummins QSC 500 twin
    We update for long trip voyages. Every year we do some sort of extended vacation but some are longer periods of time in unknown waters. We update every time for those ones.
  6. Charlesoceanone

    Charlesoceanone Active Member

    Dec 14, 2014
    Harbor Shores Marina, St Joseph, Michigan
    2009 52DB
    I know this is an old thread but I’d like to bump it to see what card everyone’s using for Lake Michigan. I have Raymarine Axiom XL plotters and need charts for my trip up the river next spring from port charles Missouri.
  7. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    I think mine update whenever I connect my iPad to the Garmin network. So continual.
  8. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    I have Furuno which include free charts for life so yep I update them.
  9. Charlesoceanone

    Charlesoceanone Active Member

    Dec 14, 2014
    Harbor Shores Marina, St Joseph, Michigan
    2009 52DB
    I am more curious about nation UCD verses something else. If navionis. Which version? Platinum or hot maps. I’m not really sure of the differences.

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