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Old 08-18-2017, 08:49 PM
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I have a Simrad NSS12 Chartplotter and own the Navionics Platinum Plus US Southeast and N Bahamas (906P+) chart pack. No issues with use on the boat and doing updates to the SD card using either the PC or phone/tablet.

I can make and save routes on the PC (Navionics’ site, Chart Viewer) and sync/view/edit them on the phone/tablet in the Navionics Boating HD app. I can edit the routes on the phone/tablet and it will sync to the PC.

I have the Boating HD app, but can’t load my Platinum Plus chart pack. The only charts available are the Government and Navionics 'basic' chart. Neither of which really have the fidelity to do route planning or even navigate safely (IMHO). From what I can tell, the only way you can load a Navionics' chart is to use the Navionics + app? My worry is that if I purchase the Navionics + app, I’d still have to ‘buy’ charts to use on the app. Am I correct? Or can I ‘load’ my Platinum Plus chart pack - I’m guessing not, since the charts I see listed in Navionics + don’t include the chart pack I own.

One last thing - how can I transfer the routes I make on the PC/phone/tablet to the chart SD card so I can use them on the boat’s chartplotter.

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With the boating app, after the trial, you will have to purchase the full nav+ version. The app gives you all the great navigational and sonar charts (which you will download what areas you want and is included). You can also use plotter sync to sync the data between your app and your chart plotter on the boat. Great tool!
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Originally Posted by PJHoffnet View Post
One last thing - how can I transfer the routes I make on the PC/phone/tablet to the chart SD card so I can use them on the boat’s chartplotter.
You need to make sure you have the latest Simrad software updated, its a July 2017 update that came out in early August.

This link is to a pdf that should answer your question down towards the bottom of the document.

http://www.navico-commercial.com/Pag...s_Feb_2017.pdf
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Be Careful with the Navionics App, I'm not certain it's 100% It caused me to mess up my prop in water that was marked as 8' in a Lake Barkley that was at its stated elevation. went from 8' to 2' in a hurry. Be certain you have the depth alarm set on it conservatively.
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Thanks for the insights/answers.

@FieldsFishing85 - If I understand correctly charts purchased for use on the Chart Plotter can't be 'downloaded' again and used with the app? Seems a bit redundant to pay for a chart for one device and then have to pay again for another device?

@pmgia - Thanks for the link. I've got an older NSS 12 (pre - evo) so I don't think the update applies to my unit.

@evilpsych - Completely agree. I always check the latest paper charts (.pdf from NOAA), Coast Pilots and LNM. You can never had too many sources.
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Came across this old post while searching for something else - update for anyone interested.

So, I completely jumped out of using Navionic products for route planning and simply use OpenCPN. Easy point and click (manual) route planning. I simply export the routes in .gpx format and upload them to my NSS12.
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Originally Posted by PJHoffnet View Post
Came across this old post while searching for something else - update for anyone interested.

So, I completely jumped out of using Navionic products for route planning and simply use OpenCPN. Easy point and click (manual) route planning. I simply export the routes in .gpx format and upload them to my NSS12.
Open CPN isn't working so great for me..very slow
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Originally Posted by Scubacouple2 View Post
Open CPN isn't working so great for me..very slow
I do all the 'work' on my home PC or laptop on the boat and then just transfer the info back to the MFD/Chartplotter. I also put the info into my phone and tablet as 'back ups' for the MFD. Agreed the phone/tablet app is fairly slow.

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