Warm Weather Sailor
Join Date: Sep 2006
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I am quite pleased with my C80 except for one thing. The C80 uses Navionics chart chips and Navionics must be the worst of all the electronic charts, as far as I'm concerned. My experience is mostly with their Bahamas charts. They are highly inaccurate. The geo-referencing is way out. In certain areas if you followed their chart you would go over islands! I have corresponded with Navionics and pointed out specific areas where I have found the charts to be way off. My first trip with the C80 was four years ago. Their reply was that they have a "new" chip but would not assure me that the errors I had pointed out had been corrected so the only way to find out is to spend hundreds more on the "new" chip and perhaps find the same errors. I suspect that little has been changed as Navionics will not buy the Explorer charts which are the best for the Bahamas. If you intend to cruise the Bahamas do not buy a C80 or any chartplotter that uses Navionics chips. Get a Garmin that now uses Explorer charts or any plotter that uses C-Maps as the latest C-Maps use the Explorer charts. I guess Navionics is too cheap to pay for the Explorer charts. Their US charts are ok, of course those are available free!
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
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