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Navionics differences

Can anyone tell me the differences between gold, plus, and platinum? They sell different sd cards to go in a non garmin chart plotter but their website does a poor job explaining it.

Especially gold or plus. They sell a gold card for us and Bahamas, and a plus card for us and Canada.

The plus says you can download more on the card, but why would you if it already includes all the us and Canada?

They are very expensive. Don't want to get the wrong one.
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Gold is all you need. the rest is just bells and whistles.
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Re: Navionics differences

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Gold is all you need. the rest is just bells and whistles.
Tend to agree with Jones, GOLD is a rather traditional 2D chart with about sufficient information in most cases. + and Platinum+ contains more info, as photos of harbours, more depth info and so on.
Note that all non-garmin doesn't work with Navionics, and some that do, do not accept + and/or Platinum+. There is a compatibility document on Navionics homepage - look into that one before you order.

At least in Europe it is possible to buy a subscription for Android / iPhone /iPad for a very reasonable sum; I got most of Europe for ~$15, a nice complement which has some of the features in + and Platinum+.

Navionics has been critized for the way information is handled when zooming out - some grounds disappear, even islands disappear. Easy to counteract - zoom in until all details are visible.

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Re: Navionics differences

We have sailed over 25,000nm from Trinidad to the Gulf of St Lawrence and three times around the Caribbean using the gold, which while expensive have proven to be very good value.

Just do not trust them outside US and Canadian waters for close quater navigation. In the Caribbean/Bahamas the charts and GPS are accurate it is just the rocks and islands are in the wrong place.

In Mexico the chart plotter showed us in the car park of a Catholic church because when they used a sextant to chart Mexico they were our by 300 yds!

In the Bahamas/Caribbean you navigate by sight!
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Re: Navionics differences

If you already own a chartplotter, then yes, the $199 (+/-) price tag is steep. But, if you haven't already bought a plotter, Lowrance sells a series of plotters and plotter/sounder combos with Navionics gold charts preloaded for North America, and the price is reasonable.
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Re: Navionics differences

Hmm. It's an option to get gold with a lowrance plotter. They don't all come with it right?
The rest come with silver?

I'm serious. Navionics website is terrible. I'm liking the lowrance/navionics better than garmin but trying to navigate that website is like pulling teeth.

It's that darn plus us and Canada card. They don't tell what it is. It's $169.00. And it is programmable. It says download detailed charts for the areas you go to the most. Does that mean it has gold charts for us and Canada already and you can get platinum for specific areas? Or just an individual lake. Yet why if it already has gold for all us and Canada is it less expensive than just the gold card for us and northern Bahamas? Maybe it's just a blank sd card, we don't know. They don't say.

Nor can I find any store on their website to purchase any downloads. It's on my phone this morning. Maybe a regular computer will make more sense.

Garmin should never have sold me that cycling edge 800 for $650. Thing was terrible. Nothing like their marine plotters and handhelds. But it put me off garmin. I don't know that many of you have seen it. But it has about the same quality as an etrex, the most basic and inexpensive handheld, yet less features. Or they have the $350 edge 510.which doesn't even have a map. Just a line on a blank screen.
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NOB, you'rte working backwards- work from the hardware side of things, not the software side of things to get the info you need.
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I am not having any problem navigating navionics site. All your answers are here: FAQs | Navionics
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Re: Navionics differences

Yes. I woke up an got frustrated for some reason. I've gotten bitten by the tech bug but am behind on my understanding.

I have this:

Lowrance Elite-4x DSI | Fishfinder with DownScan Imaging - LOWRANCE | Marine Electronics

And this:

HDS-5m Gen2 - LOWRANCE | Marine Electronics
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Re: Navionics differences

For Salish Sea and Vancouver Island you either want this one in Gold:
Navionics: No Ntag Charts - Info

or this one in Platinum:
Navionics: No Ntag Charts - Info

I found the 913P+ for about $250 last year, about $50 more than the cheapest price I could find on the 2XG. The tides and currents feature was worth the $50 to me. The 3D stuff is sort of silly. The satellite imagery is moderately helpful at times, but not essential.
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