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 Pages
to go to your main Home screen. From the Home screen go to Settings > System > About
. Your software version will be listed directly under the plotter model number on the screen.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. If you are updating your plotter over Wi-Fi, remove the Navionics card from the unit, as this will corrupt the card as well.
Display 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 Pages and select the Chart application from the Home page.
Select Chart Options from your Chart panel and then go to Chart Source and select Navionics.
If your plotter card includes SonarChart™ high-definition bottom contour detail, use your panel options to turn on this layer.
Select Chart Options from your Chart panel and then go to View and toggle on or off SonarChart.
Recommended Plotter Setup
Choose Chart Options from your Chart panel and then go to Settings.
For best display of Navionics charts in your plotter, we recommend the following Settings:
Colored Seabed Areas - Used to display different bottom structure in different colors (not available in all areas)
Recommended: User preference (Choice of ON/OFF)
Annotation - Determines what area information, such as names of locations and notes of areas, is available to display.
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)
Chart Details - Provides you with different levels and layers of chart information.
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.
Contour Depths - Determines which contours you see on the chart down to the selected safety depth
ROCK FILTER LEVEL - Hides rock identification on the chart beneath a given depth
Other Chart and View Options
Chart options > Community edits - Toggles on the chart layer including Navionics edits. These are user information or edits uploaded to Navionics Community by users, and made available in Navionics charts. (Choice of ON/OFF)
Chart options > View > Dynamic Tide & Current icons - Shows tides and currents with a gauge and an arrow instead of the diamond icons used for static tides and current information. The tide and current data available in Navionics charts are related to a specific date and time. The system animates the arrows and/or gauges to show the tides and currents evolution over time.
>> Current speed The arrow length depends on the rate, and the symbol is rotated according to flow direction. Flow rate is shown inside the arrow symbol. The red symbol is used when current speed is increasing, and the blue symbol is used when current speed is decreasing.
>> Tide height The gauge has 8 labels and is set according to absolute max/min value of the evaluated day. The red arrow is used when tide is rising, and the blue arrow is used when tide is falling.
Chart options > Easy View - Magnifying feature that increases the size of chart items and text. »» Note: There is no indication on the chart showing that this feature is active.
Chart options > Shading - Toggle ON/OFF - Shading adds terrain information to the chart.
Display Navionics Platinum Features
These features are only available with the use of a Navionics Platinum+ or HotMaps Platinum card.
Select 3D by going to Chart options in the Chart panel.
The 3D option provides a three dimensional graphical view of land and sea contours. When the 3D chart option is selected, the Pan and the Rotate icons appear in the Chart panel.
Select Chart options from your Chart panel and select View > Photo Overlay (ON/OFF).
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.
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.
In order for pop-ups to be available, pop-up information needs to be enabled in Chart Settings - Tap Pages to get to your main Home screen and select Settings > Chart > Popup information.
Display Navionics Advanced Features
These features require an active chart updates subscription for your Navionics plotter card.
Choose Chart options from your Chart panel and then View to access Navionics Advanced Features.
SC Density - Controls the density of the contour lines displayed with SonarChart or SonarChart Live.
Fishing range - Select a depth range you would like to display in a different color. This feature allows you to highlight a specific range of depths for fishing purposes. The range is only as accurate as the underlying chart data, meaning that if the chart only contains 5 meter intervals for contour lines, the shading is rounded to the nearest available contour line.
Shallow water - Allows you to highlight an area of shallow water up to 10 meters/30 feet
»» To turn on and use the Navionics SonarChart Live feature you must have an active chart updates subscription for your Navionics plotter card.
SonarChart Live is a real-time feature where the device creates an overlay of depth contours based on your own live sonar soundings.
In the Navionics chart menu, select Overlay and then SonarChart Live to display it as an overlay on the chart. When you select SonarChart Live overlay the menu expands to display SonarChart Live Options. Use the options to set the transparency and minimum depth.
Transparency - The SonarChart Live overlay is drawn on top of other chart data. The chart data is completely covered at minimum transparency. Adjust the transparency to allow the chart details to be seen.
Minimum depth - Adjusts what SonarChart Live rendering treats as the safety depth. This affects the coloring of the SonarChart Live area. As the vessel approaches the safety depth, the SonarChart Live area will gradually change from a simple grey/white to red.
SonarChart Live tide correction - When selected, the tide correction feature uses information from nearby tide stations (if available) to adjust the depth values used by SonarChart Live as the sonar is recorded. It is recommended users turn on this option in their Chart Settings - Go back to the Home screen by pressing the PAGES button, then to go SETTINGS > CHART and toggle the option ON.
Notes: Before you can start using this feature the boat draft, width and height must be entered into the system. The boat settings dialog is automatically displayed if the information is missing when you start the feature.
It is not possible to start the Dock-to-dock Autorouting if one of the selected routepoints is located in an unsafe area. A warning dialog is displayed, and you have to move the relevant routepoint(s) to a safe area to proceed.
- Start a new route and select at least two route points or select an existing route.
- Select Dock-to-dock Autorouting.
- Select to have the system add new points for the Entire Route or just a Selection (only two route points may be selected).
- Select Accept to start the routing.
Routes will display in preview mode with color-coded legs to indicate safe (green) and unsafe (red) areas. Once the route is saved, these warnings will no longer display.
Move any route points if required while still in preview mode and then select Keep when route points have been moved successfully. You can continue to make changes to the route until you have completed it and then select Save.
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 with Navico Brand Plotters.