Chartplotters typically come loaded with non-payment basemap that provides basic charting information masking the continental US coastlines and lakes. As add ons you purchase more in depth marine charts specific to an area of the U. S. or another part of the world. Your chartplotter will come pre-configured to be appropriate with a specific data set. For example, Garmin uses their own Garmin BlueChart series and Lowrance favors the Navionics graph sets. It is worthwhile checking out the several types of marine charts available from the various ocean chart suppliers before you lock yourself in to a particular chartplotter. GLM aftermarket OMC V8 Ford Manifolds
Many of the charts cover the world’s coast lines and coastal roads and can include information regarding tides and currents. Many offer functions like wreck sites, marsh areas, location of buoys, marsh areas and so on.
Marine Charts: Navionics
Navionics charts are available in gold, platinum and platinum plus. The precious metal series are 2-dimensional while the Platinum series offers 3-D views and satellite tv overlays and aerial photographs. Bathymetric charts provide in depth underwater coverage and surfaces topography. Navionics 3-D water charts also give you panoramic views of have entries and port services including marinas, hotels and restaurants.
Marine Charts: Garmin
Garmin makes the BlueChart series. The newest in the series is BlueChart G2 Vision. BlueChart G2 offers you increased 3-D underwater maps, arial and satellite television view overlays, coastal highways and auto guidance as well as thousands of points of interest including harbors, ports, marinas, hotels and so forth.
C-Map by Jeppeson
Furanao recently teamed with Jeppesen to offer the C-Map series of maritime charts known as MapMedia charts. These are offered with Furano’s NavNet THREE DIMENSIONAL system. Currently MapMedia vector charts are available for North America and Central America and can be viewed in 2D and 3D. Several more territorial charts can be found and a full range of world charts is in the works. MapMedia makes use of NOAA Raster and Vector Charts as well. Incidentally NavNet is also compatible with Datacore maps by Navionics
Marine maps are usually available pre-programmed on data cards that stopper into your chartplotter so it is simple and fast to install and upload them. When you wish to buy a marine data or map for a new area it usually is well worth verifying that the format you are purchasing is compatible with your chartplotter device to avoid needless frustrations when you acquire it. Not all chartplotters from the same make will accept each format of marine chart.