Raymarine, a brand of FLIR Systems, and Navionics are collaborating to make several new features available on Raymarine’s LightHouse II-based multifunction displays, including Navionics’ Dock-to-dock Autorouting, SonarChart Live and Advanced Map Options.
Navionics SonarChart Live enables boaters to build detailed, personal bathymetric charts with 1-foot contour intervals in real time on their MFD that also can be saved on the MFD.
Navionics Advanced Map Options allows users to get a set of tools that expand their map’s utility through unique settings for shallow area, depth shading, depth contours and seabed areas (available on select regions).
All of the new Navionics functionality is available for Raymarine a, c, e, eS and gS Series MFD models produced after 2011, updated with the new Lighthouse II Release 17 software.
“Navionics Dock-to-dock Autorouting is truly ground-breaking in its ability to plot a course through the maze of variables that one considers when route planning,” Navionics senior vice president of global sales and marketing Don Black said in a statement. “We’re excited to bring this incredible feature to even more boaters through our longstanding partnership with Raymarine.”
“Once again we are excited to deliver new technology and features to our multifunction display customers with our LightHouse operating system,” FLIR Maritime vice president and general manager Grégoire Outters said. “By adding support for Navionics Dock-to-dock Autorouting and SonarChart Live, we are delivering a simplified and information-rich navigation experience.”
SonarChart Live works with Raymarine multifunction displays, allowing boaters to create personal 1 ft/0.5 m HD bathymetry maps in real time. With SonarChart Live, Raymarine users can engage their sonar to survey new areas or places where bottom conditions may have changed, then create new bathymetric charts that appear on their device instantly.
In addition, Raymarine users can upload their sonar data automatically and download updated charts via the Plotter Sync capability of Navionics Boating apps. Other Navionics users can also benefit from the newly surveyed areas as the data are integrated within Navionics’ SonarChart library and made available through Navionics’ daily chart updates program.
Engineered with anglers in mind, the new Advanced Map Options give Raymarine users the ability to customize their view of Navionics chart presentation by highlighting shallow areas, selecting a fishing range, and adjusting SonarChart contour density.