Navionics recommends running the latest internal software for your plotter available from your manufacturer. You can find current plotter software versions, the update files and instructions to complete the update for your manufacturer by going to: Current chart plotter/sounder software update versions. For further assistance, please contact your plotter manufacturer directly.
In order to check the software version you are running in your plotter select SETUP then MAINTENANCE. From this screen go to DIAGNOSTICS, then SELECT DEVICE. Search the Network column for "THIS DEVICE".
DO NOT USE YOUR CHART CARD TO UPDATE YOUR PLOTTER SOFTWARE! If your plotter has two (2) card slots, make sure your Navionics card is not in the second card slot when performing the update. Either of these things will corrupt the Navionics chart files and render the card useless.
Selecting Navionics Chart Information
To display the Navionics official charting information (Nautical Chart), first check you are in the full chart view on your screen. Go to CHART and select MENU, then PRESENTATION and select NAVIONICS from the chart options list.
If your plotter card includes SonarChart™ high-definition bottom contour detail, turn on this layer by selecting SONARCHART from your chart options list.
Recommended General Plotter Setup
From your CHART MENU, you can adjust your chart settings by going to PRESENTATION then select among the following options to change settings under each category: CHART DETAILS, OBJECTS, and DEPTHS & CONTOURS. For general best display of Navionics charts in your plotter, we recommend the following Settings:
From your Chart Menu, go to PRESENTATION>OVERLAYS, and then COMMUNITY EDITS to toggle ON or OFF the Navionics user community edits if they have been downloaded to your plotter card.
COLORED SEABED AREAS - Used to display different bottom structure in different colors (not available in all areas)
Recommended: User preference (Choice of ON/OFF)
Go to Chart Menu>Presentation>Objects>Colored Seabed Areas
ANNOTATION - Determines what area information, such as names of locations and notes of areas, is available to display.
Go to Chart Menu>Presentation>Objects>Navigation Marks
PRESENTATION TYPE - Provides marine charting information such as symbols, colorization and wording as either U.S. or International type depending on the look and feel you prefer
Recommended: User preference (Choice of US or International)
Go to Chart Menu>Presentation>Objects>Navigation Mark Symbols
CHART DETAILS - Provides you with different levels of geographical layer information
Go to Chart Menu>Presentation>Chart Display
SAFETY DEPTH - allows the shaded display of depth areas using different shades of blue to distinguish between shallow and deep water.
Recommended: Based on your boat's parameters - depth areas are displayed in darker blue (shallow depths) to lighter blue (less shallow depths). Those areas with depths over the selected value, and therefore navigable under safety conditions, will be displayed in white. DRYLINE areas will be displayed in green.
Go to Chart Menu>Presentation>Depths & Contours
CONTOUR DEPTHS - Determines which contours you see on the chart down to the selected safety depth
Go to Chart Menu>Presentation>Depths&Contours
ROCK FILTER LEVEL - Hides rock identification on the chart beneath a given depth
Go to Chart Menu>Presentation>Objects>Show Rocks
SHADING - (ON/OFF) Shading adds terrain information to the chart
Go to Chart Menu>Presentation>Depths&Contours
DYNAMIC ICONS - (ON/OFF) Shows tides and currents with a gauge and an arrow instead of the standard T or C diamond icons
EASY VIEW - (ON/OFF) Magnifying feature that increases the size of chart items and text
Go to Chart Menu>Presentation>View&Motion>Easy View
Navionics Advanced Features
These features require an active chart updates subscription for your Navionics plotter card.
From your Chart Menu, go to PRESENTATION, then ADVANCED OPTIONS to access Navionics Advanced Features.
SONARCHART DENSITY - Controls the density of the contour lines displayed with SonarChart or SonarChart Live
FISHING RANGE - Select a range of depths between which to display a different color, highlighting a specific range of depths for fishing purposes
SHALLOW WATER HIGHLIGHT - Allows you to highlight an area of shallow water up to 10 meters/30 feet
then ADVANCED OPTIONS
from your Chart Menu
Choose SONARCHART LIVE
to display it as an overlay on the chart
When selecting the SonarChart Live Overlay, the menu expands to display additional optionsTRANSPARENCY
- SonarChart Live is drawn on top of the chart data - adjust transparency to allow chart details to be seenMINIMUM DEPTH
- Adjust what is treated as safety depth when creating SonarChart Live - as the boat approaches this depth the overlay will gradually change color to red
It is suggested users turn on the SonarChart Live tide correction
option in the ADVANCED OPTIONS
menu as well.
We suggest you reference your Operator's Manual for additional information on creating Automatic Routes.
Plotter Sync allows plotter owners to transfer routes and markers, update charts and more! Active subscriptions are required on both the plotter card and the app.
Find more information in our Help article at Plotter Sync for Raymarine Lighthouse II MFD's.
Navionics Platinum Feature Setup
These features are only available with the use of a Navionics Platinum+ or HotMaps Platinum card.
Select 3D by going to PRESENTATION > VIEW & MOTION in the Chart Menu
The 3D option provides a three dimensional graphical view of land and sea contours.
Select AERIAL OVERLAY (ON/OFF) by going to PRESENTATION > OVERLAYS from your Chart Menu
Photo overlay enables you to view satellite photo images of an area and availability is limited to certain regions.
Photo overlay offers the options of Land Only (recommended) or Full (Land & Water).
PHOTO TRANSPARENCY can be set from Minimum (chart details are almost hidden by the photos) to Maximum (some chart detail is visible through the photos).
Panoramic port photos are available in many locations on the map and will be designated by a small camera icon. Tap the icon on your screen to select it and then tap the pop-up to display the photo. Go to PRESENTATION > OBJECTS > PANORAMIC PHOTO to make sure the ability to view is turned on.
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