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Old 10-09-2006, 08:49 AM
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Default Better detail: Navionics or Lowrance Mapcreate?

The boat I just bought has a Furuno Navnet Chartplotter display (Navionics), and a Lowrance LCX-16cl FF/Chartplotter, which I think can use either the Mapcreate charts or Navionics. All the chartplotters I've had for the past 15 years have all been CMAP or CMAP-NT. I been very happy with the detail on Cmap-NT charts, and would like some opinions on what type chart chip I should be unsing on the electronics that I now have, or should I just pony up and replace this equipment with new.

Along those lines, is this LCX-16cl a decent unit, or am I better off replacing it with another Navnet display and a Furuno sounder? I fish mainly off-shore, looking for bottom detail, (wrecks), ledges and other structure, in water anywhere from 40' to 300', unless it is a canyon trip (not often).
Old 10-09-2006, 09:09 PM
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Help! Doesn't anyone out there have an idea which chartchip might give me better/more accurate detail between Navionics and the Lowrance chart chip? Guess I picked a bad title for the thread?
Old 10-09-2006, 11:38 PM
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Default Re: Better detail: Navionics or Lowrance Mapcreate?

Don't get impatient! You can go to the Lowrance Web site and LCX-16CI Emulator software is available for the Nauticpath charts, as well as the create a map various versions. (it is 16ci, not L).

I used the predicessor to this unit for several years with both Create a map and Navionics chips. The Navionics were slightly better, BUT, you can get the new Lowrance Nauticpath charts--which seem to be identical to the current NOAA charts for most of the coastal US for about $100! I currently have the Lowrance LCX 26 C HD--which has all of the Nautipath charts on the hard drive. I am comparing it side by side with a Standard Horizon 175 running C map Max chart chips. The Natuicpath charts are good--maybe not quite as good as the C map Max--but probably equal or slightly better than the Navionics silver--maybe not quite as good as the "gold".

The Depth finder is good, sharp maintains bottom to speeds of 49 knots-- I would at least give it a try and see how you like it. Structure defines well. I have yet to use it in great depths--but the LCX 16 ci has a good reputation.

Good luck with the new boat.
Old 10-10-2006, 01:30 PM
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Default RE: Better detail: Navionics or Lowrance Mapcreate?

I posted this on your ORIGINAL thread.... but you didn't look back there...

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Bill,

When we bought "C-Time" it had a Lowrance LCX-15MT. I sold that and upgraded to an LCX-16CI, then did the same thing again to the current LCX-19C. First upgrade got us into a color display, and the second upgrade moved us to a faster processor.

I like the units, and they have performed well. Have always used the Navionics chips and they have been great. Now using a Navionics Gold XL3, plus the Fish n' Chips for the entire East Coast area. Not impressed with the Mapcreate charts when I looked at them four years ago - but haven't looked since.

While I found the LCX-16 to be good, the screen refresh (or redraw) rate is much better on the 19C. We are also using a big Airmar transducer, shooting through the hull in the forward bilge area.

After the terrible weather up in your area for the Grady rendezvous, weaddeda small Garmin 376C to the boat, so we could have XM Satellite Weather. That is now something I would be hard-pressed to do without.

I would see how the 16CI works for you, and then decide what to do. Lowrance is coming out with new units that will receive XM WX. Garmin is the only line doing that now.

Call me if you want to chat about any of this.

And congrats again on the Sailfish... [img]../jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-laughing.gif[/img]

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Default Re: Better detail: Navionics or Lowrance Mapcreate?

Bob & Brian, thanks for the responses. I'm not normally impatient by any stretch, but was irrated at myself for posting on the wrong forum (which is why I re-posted here), and then probably picked a poor thread name. Since the Annapolis show is next weekend, and there are some deals to be had, I was trying to get some answers quick enough to decide to keep or replace the Lowrance unit, or just which chart chip to be buying.

Brian, I'll try to give you a call one evening, as I'd like to chat about some soecific differences that you have found. There is a post here on the forum that Boaters Workd is selling new Lowrance LCX111cHD for $999 with GPS receiver and a cheap transom mount transducer. I guess I'm wondering how happy I might be with the unit I have, or should I be thinking about replacing it while some boat-show deals are happening. I won't have a chance to use this unit at all for at least the next couple weeks, if then.

Thanks, I do appreciate your help.
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Default Re: Better detail: Navionics or Lowrance Mapcreate?

IMO, the deal on the LCX-111CHD is unbeatable. I bought online for $300 more but it's a looooong drive to Annapolis. I moved here from the DC area 12 years ago and the only thing I miss about the area is the Bay, Potomac River, and the Annapolis Power Boat Show each year.
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Default Re: Better detail: Navionics or Lowrance Mapcreate?

I would snatch one of those LCX111's up in a heartbeat if I were you. That is an AWESOME price.

I've been using one this season and absolutely love it. Mine is matched up with a flush mounted Airmar B260 transducer. This combo yields amazing clarity and detail. I will be posting some images that I've recorded on it sometime in the next few days.

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