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Old 10-14-2006, 08:55 PM
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Default Navionics Fish & Chips CF

I have a new Navionics Fish & Chips CF that I want to open on my PC, but I don't know what to open it with. I have a CF reader on my PC, but it will not let me open the file. The computer does not recognize the file type. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Old 10-14-2006, 10:13 PM
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I dont even own a GPS/FF yet - hope to soon - so dont take my advice as gospel. But, my guess is .... that you will need a software program on your PC ... to view the maps. Lowrance probably doesnt want just anyone who gets their hands on a Map memory card .... to be able to view and print out the maps. There is a program called "Mapcreate" that is on the Lowrance website ... and has been discussed on THT (do a search). That may be the program you need - but I really dont know. I am sure someone here will set us straight.

ps ... I dont want to hijack this thread ... but speaking of the FnC maps .... has anyone got one for LI Sound ?? And if so, what is your impression of how much more bottom detail is offered vs the platimum or gold maps ? Thanks.
Old 10-15-2006, 04:11 AM
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My bad ! Did some searching. It appears that you need to use the "Emulator" software from Lowrance to view the maps. This is a free download off the Lowrance website.
Old 10-15-2006, 07:53 AM
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I demo'd the Fish'nChip for LIS and scrolled around the area I fish. It was AMAZING. I have never seen a platinum chip, only the older Garmin and Navionics Classic chips. The older chips show bottom info on 8 foot contour intervals.

The FNChip was like looking at a topo map. The intervals were 2 or 4 foot, I cannot remember. The cool part was instead of seeing the big outline of popular reefs like the old chips, you could see little bumps, holes and walls along the reef. I am getting one as soon as I can. It seems you need a Platinum or Gold+ to get one for free. I am trying to find out if you can just buy the chip itself (I have a Navionics Gold chip now and am getting a GPS unit soon that can run it).
Old 10-15-2006, 08:40 AM
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I assume even though I have Raymarine; the Emulator will not screw up the file types when I put the card back into my E80 from my computer. I will try the Emulator on the computer here in a little bit.
Old 10-15-2006, 08:47 AM
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Default Re: Navionics Fish & Chips CF

Just download RayMarine's free version of raytech and use your pc's cf reader. you can view your gold or platinum card, then waypoint/route plan and burn them to a blank cf card. The Ray program is the same program that they sell, just with its interfacing, both from a data standpoint and an video standpoint disabled. especailly if you want to route plan with an E series, this is a drop in format ready solution.
Old 10-15-2006, 08:59 AM
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Default Re: Navionics Fish & Chips CF

Well I thought that too, but then I read this...

Product Number: E86026

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Use the Navionics Multicard Chart Reader in conjuntion with your RayTech RNS 6.0 or RayTech Planner Software to read your Gold, Gold+, Platinum or Hot Maps Premium charts on your PC. Use the reader in conjunction with your own SanDisk CompactFlash memory card to transfer waypoint and route data between your PC and Navionics CompactFlash compatible navigation systems like the A65, C-Series, E-Series, Raychart 400, Raychart 435 and Raychart 435i.

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Default Re: Navionics Fish & Chips CF

I think you need a Navionics multicard reader to see the navionics charts on PC, another way to get you for $75.00. If you don't need to see the navionics charts you can download the actual paper charts to your pc and RayTech will regognize them, do your planning and transfer data to your chip (separate, not Navionics) and you have planned routes and waypoints in your machine.
Old 10-15-2006, 09:28 AM
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Yes for Raymarine you need the multicard reader...WTFO... I have a CF reader on my computer. Like he said above another way to get $75 out of you.

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