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Old 07-25-2018, 07:42 AM
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Just got a 2007 Sea Hunt, and it has a Raymarine A65 chartplotter and the accompanying depth finder module (DSM25 I think). The software version is 2.26, and I want to update it to the latest software that it will take, and update the charts as current as I can. I have refferred to their website, I have registered it and created logins and all that, but I can't seem to access any of the links in their FAQs which would lead me to some of the tools they recommend, such as the updated version (2.28), or any of the Compact Flash formatting tools. Yes, I realize it is old, but it is what came with the boat, and I am not in a position right now to upgrade the unit. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-26-2018, 02:40 PM
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Hi Duke. Where is the boat at?
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Old 07-27-2018, 05:51 AM
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I operate the boat in Galveston Bay mostly. My reasoning for wanting to update the charts is Hurricane Ike. The current charts are pre-Ike, and that storm did some significant rearranging of and added to the navigational hazards above and below the surface.
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Old 07-31-2018, 03:12 PM
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All you can really do is buy an updated Navionics chart for the unit. https://www.boemarine.com/navionics-...sd-format.html
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:33 AM
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Thanks for the link yachtjim. Will this version work with v2.26, or do I need to update to v2.28? Also, is this available on the old Compact Flash (Type 1) card, as my unit will not take any other type of memory card, nor will it recognize anything over 2gb?
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Old 08-04-2018, 10:17 AM
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Hmmm.... this compatibility guide says you will need SD https://dbe2w38xsulyl.cloudfront.net...ilityGuide.pdf

If you are certain it is CF then I suggest calling Navionics to see if they have anything that might work for you.
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In my initial post I referenced the “a65”, but should have referenced the “A65”. Yes, these are two separate units. The “a65” is a newer model which does take the SD card, but the “A65” (Classic) is the older legacy model, which has been totally mothballed by Raymarine, and it takes the Compact Flash Type 1 card.

I have changed my approach to all of this. As the actual GPS and Fishfinder functions of the unit work just fine, I have been planning some routes using the topographical and navigational elements on some locally developed charts, then I follow those routes during the daylight to ensure I can get to the places I want to go safely. Upon verification, I save those routes, and I now have verified routes to the places I want to go. These “recon missions” provide a nice day of cruising for my wife and I, and they provide a safe route to the fishing areas for when I want to do some actual serious fishing when we leave the marina before the sun comes up.

One tool which is handy is the Navionics online route planner, which can automatically suggest a route which takes into account the most current Navionics topographical and navigational data, as related to the draught of my particular boat. I am wanting to create some routes, then set waypoints at the places where it changes direction, then manually enter those waypoints into my machine and build my route in the machine using those waypoints. The problem is that the online route planner does not provide the actual Lat/Long numbers for the waypoints that you mark while using it. It merely displays their information as Waypoint 1, Waypoint 2, etc. Do you happen to know how to get the online tool to display the Lat/Long info for the waypoints which you develop within that program?
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Originally Posted by dukepat9 View Post
In my initial post I referenced the “a65”, but should have referenced the “A65”. Yes, these are two separate units. The “a65” is a newer model which does take the SD card, but the “A65” (Classic) is the older legacy model, which has been totally mothballed by Raymarine, and it takes the Compact Flash Type 1 card.

I have changed my approach to all of this. As the actual GPS and Fishfinder functions of the unit work just fine, I have been planning some routes using the topographical and navigational elements on some locally developed charts, then I follow those routes during the daylight to ensure I can get to the places I want to go safely. Upon verification, I save those routes, and I now have verified routes to the places I want to go. These “recon missions” provide a nice day of cruising for my wife and I, and they provide a safe route to the fishing areas for when I want to do some actual serious fishing when we leave the marina before the sun comes up.

One tool which is handy is the Navionics online route planner, which can automatically suggest a route which takes into account the most current Navionics topographical and navigational data, as related to the draught of my particular boat. I am wanting to create some routes, then set waypoints at the places where it changes direction, then manually enter those waypoints into my machine and build my route in the machine using those waypoints. The problem is that the online route planner does not provide the actual Lat/Long numbers for the waypoints that you mark while using it. It merely displays their information as Waypoint 1, Waypoint 2, etc. Do you happen to know how to get the online tool to display the Lat/Long info for the waypoints which you develop within that program?
Just stick one of these on the boat next to the A65 https://www.boemarine.com/simrad-go7...w-basemap.html
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Old 08-08-2018, 12:16 PM
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Maybe some day.........
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2.28 was the last update they did to the software iirc. I had one and replaced it bc it is no longer supported either by Raymarine or Navionics (the CF cards). I sold it to a THT member a couple years ago. Everything still worked great. Just have to realize that the charts might not be accurate in certain areas.
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Thanks for the info Cobia 217. At this point, I am just going to leave it as it is and use the locally produced charts to plan my "recon missions", then create specific routes from the tracks. Eventually, I do want to upgrade, but I do think doing some things manually and "the old fashioned way" may help me develop my navigational skills, and my familiarity with the areas that I frequent. Ihave several friends who are very familiar with these areas, so their input will be valuable as well.

On another note, that is a beautiful vessel you have, sir.
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Originally Posted by dukepat9 View Post
Thanks for the info Cobia 217. At this point, I am just going to leave it as it is and use the locally produced charts to plan my "recon missions", then create specific routes from the tracks. Eventually, I do want to upgrade, but I do think doing some things manually and "the old fashioned way" may help me develop my navigational skills, and my familiarity with the areas that I frequent. Ihave several friends who are very familiar with these areas, so their input will be valuable as well.

On another note, that is a beautiful vessel you have, sir.
Thanks for the compliment. I swapped my old A65 into this boat when I bought it and used it for 2 yrs. before upgrading to a Garmin w/CHIRP. The sonar and GPS (if you've got the newer RAY125 receiver) are excellent. Great idea on creating your routes from "safe" tracks.
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