Updating navionics cards
I have a three years old Navionics Gold chart and I thought it is about time to update.Only I do not understand why they charge 100 for a simple update which I believe should be free for at least the first five years. Put it in the context of the publication of a new (paper) Admiralty Chart Pack for your region (RRP about 45).In that case, you may purchase the Navionics Updates card: these can be supplied in micro SD/SD format (for a new plotter) and are enabled for chart downloads after a Navionics utility validates that the old CF card is eligible for the transition to Navionics Updates.
At the end of the day, people like Navionics don't have survey vessels to do the work for them, they get the info off the RHO etc.
All the Navionics cards currently for sale are micro SD / SD media (most commonly) and in CF card media (for the older plotters).
The generic illustration below shows a typical Navionics CF card on the left and a micro SD withdrawn from an Navionics SD card sleeve on the right.
Not sure whether that is saying that 100 for a new Navionics cartridge is cheap or 45 for an Admiralty Chart Pack is expensive, but I'm sure you get my drift.
Having spoken to Navionics at the boat show, I understand that when you get the update, you can update the chart yourself online in a standard CF reader/writer. You can then register your chart online for the latest updates, which you can download for 12 months at no extra charge" I am waiting for the update to be returned and will se how well the online registration and update process works.
Activate it using an old Silver, Gold, Navionics or compatible C-map or Garmin Bluechart.