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Navionics Chart Question

I have a Raymarine e series chartplotter with Navionics gold charts and while these charts have lots of auxiliary information on them (marinas, fuel docks, etc. ) they appear to be missing some basic navigational information. Most notably I don't see the light characteristics of any lighted buoys ( Fixed, Flashing, Quick Flashing etc.). Now I know these charts have 'layers' that can be turned on and off but I've not found a layer with this information on it. Am I missing something or do these charts just not provide this data?

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Re: Navionics Chart Question

how about if you put the curser over and click "OK" for more info?
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Re: Navionics Chart Question

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how about if you put the curser over and click "OK" for more info?
I tried that but as far as I can tell when you do that it thinks you're trying to create a way point.
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Re: Navionics Chart Question

You have to look into the menues of your plotter.

Navionics {gold} is the chart data base. It does contain lighthouse, boys and other usual things.

Your plotter is the thing used to display the data. It has settings (usually far too many). There you are likely to find how to turn on the right layeer(s).

Hint: Flashed, lighthouses etc are mainly used for night time navigation. During daytime, it is good if these are not visible on the plotter / chart, as they just clutter the picture.
Night time is another issue. Then you do want to see the lights, but some other info is redudant.
Consequently many plotter manufaturers have daytime and nighttime settings. Sometimes this is manual, somtime controlled by the time.
As Ray is a quality mark one would guess that they have made everything automated - check your manual and settings.

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PS: I use Navionics as well, with another plotter mark. Night & day
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Re: Navionics Chart Question

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I will have another look at the different layers and check it after dark to see if it's somehow linked to time of day (I doubt it, but you never know). Is this information available on your plotter with Navionics charts?

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Re: Navionics Chart Question

I have a classic C-80, a much older model than yours, and it's in there.

Take a look in the menu, under Cartographic options. Make sure "Light Sectors" is selected.

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Re: Navionics Chart Question

TK,

Thanks for the tip, I'll check that out next time I'm at the boat.

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Re: Navionics Chart Question

Are you running the latest firmware? There was a firmware before Lighthouse II that made a lot of the buoys disappear for me. It was one that was only available for a few weeks last summer before they upgraded it to fix it.

Lighthouse II (which came out in Jan) is a big improvement in general and you should upgrade your e-Series. If you have an e7 note that there is also a recall on the touch screen and that you can send it in to get a replacement unit. That will come with the latest firmware installed.

A big upgrade with Lighthouse II is that you can download US charts from Raymarine for free (instead of paying Navionics).
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Re: Navionics Chart Question

Alex,

I updated to LightHouse II two weeks ago. Still don't see the light characteristics of the buoys. I'm starting to think it's just not included in the chart data. I may try the LightHouse charts.

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