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i know Google earth has good maps, but i want ones where you can get a rough estimate ofwater depht? Anyone know where i can see that online?

 

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The Navionics web site has current contour maps for viewing with their Web App.

 

That app is updated daily with Freshest Data and it also shows the customer generated contour maps know as Sonar Charts.

 

When you visit that site, select Products and then Web App. 

There is a circle at the lower left when it is Grey, that is the Navionics data.

If you click on that circle in the 1000' zoom range or closer,the circle turns Blue and that is the user generated data.

 

Navionics also has the Mobile App for your smartphone or tablet.

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The Web App has the data that you get when you purchase a new Navionics map software card for a GPS or GPS/Sonar unit that reads Navionics software if you update the card after purchase.

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The Navionics web site has current contour maps for viewing with their Web App.

 

That app is updated daily with Freshest Data and it also shows the customer generated contour maps know as Sonar Charts.

 

When you visit that site, select Products and then Web App. 

There is a circle at the lower left when it is Grey, that is the Navionics data.

If you click on that circle in the 1000' zoom range or closer,the circle turns Blue and that is the user generated data.

 

Navionics also has the Mobile App for your smartphone or tablet.

 

I needed this so bad.  It's like I got into a time machine and went back to christmas!  Thanks!

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The Navionics web site has current contour maps for viewing with their Web App.

 

That app is updated daily with Freshest Data and it also shows the customer generated contour maps know as Sonar Charts.

 

When you visit that site, select Products and then Web App. 

There is a circle at the lower left when it is Grey, that is the Navionics data.

If you click on that circle in the 1000' zoom range or closer,the circle turns Blue and that is the user generated data.

 

Navionics also has the Mobile App for your smartphone or tablet.

 

 

Thanks, I always wondered if the sonar charts data was available through the web app and now I know how to turn it on.  I can't believe there is still no chart for Occoquan Res but it looks like people have been busy mapping out Hunting Run.

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when first researching a new lake i always go here....fishingworks.com/lakes/ It has everything broken down by states and counties, has maps, and user comments(not all have comments but most do)  i have found it to be a very valuable resource.

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Thanks, I always wondered if the sonar charts data was available through the web app and now I know how to turn it on.  I can't believe there is still no chart for Occoquan Res but it looks like people have been busy mapping out Hunting Run.

 

As far as I know, I am the only one that has recorded Hunting Run Lake to create that map. I still have a few places to record to improve the accuracy of specific bottom features. I have mostly done general data collection to get overall coverage.

 

My first few uploads didn't have coverage in some of the coves like this, so after that was applied, I recorded the blank areas.

 

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Hunting Run was not even an outline on the Navionics data file until I sent in some recordings. They added the lake name later after I sent them a message with it.

 

I had already been using my own outline I created with Googe Earth a few years ago:

 

HuntingRunmap.jpg

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Thats really great. I bought my lowrance elite5 this year with the intention of using dr depth to create my own maps but 3 weeks after i bought it the product was discontinued. I like the sonar charts option better than the lake insight option and I would like to start doing some mapping myself. It looks like the cheapest option on lowrance finders is hds5 but with structure scan it is still over $1k. Not real familiar with hb but is there a compatible unit with sidescan and sonar charts capability that is less than that? Can sidescan be added later like with structure scan? Im on a kayak so 5" screen is plenty big for me. Id look used but I want to make sure that it is compatible with sonar charts and sidescan.

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Thats really great. I bought my lowrance elite5 this year with the intention of using dr depth to create my own maps but 3 weeks after i bought it the product was discontinued. I like the sonar charts option better than the lake insight option and I would like to start doing some mapping myself. It looks like the cheapest option on lowrance finders is hds5 but with structure scan it is still over $1k. Not real familiar with hb but is there a compatible unit with sidescan and sonar charts capability that is less than that? Can sidescan be added later like with structure scan? Im on a kayak so 5" screen is plenty big for me. Id look used but I want to make sure that it is compatible with sonar charts and sidescan.

The Sonar Charts program is not available for participation with Lowrance products yet. Just Humminbird and Raymarine now and Garmin soon.

Sonar Charts can be viewed with Lowrance units by selecting FIshNChip.

That is the setting to view it on Humminbird units too.

 

Any Humminbird unit that has GPS/Sonar and a card reader with a record function in the menu can do 

it. The only data that is utilized is depth and location. An imaging unit is not needed and no, an imaging overlay is not part of that software function.

 

Lakemaster will be coming out with computer software that will do the imaging overlay somewhat like Dr. Depth and Structure Scan overlay on Lowrance units. That product is called AutoCharts. It will do contours like the Sonar Charts and can be used on a Humminbird unit. That data is not shared like Navionics Sonar Charts is.

 

Check with a marine electronics dealer for a deal on a Humminbird SIde Imaging unit for less than $1000. There are several available now. With Humminbird Side Iimaging, it is all inclusive, you don't need to purchase addtional parts to get full function of 2D sonar. Side Imaging, Down Imaigng and GPS/mapping.

 

This is a sample of AutoCharts with a bottom hardness graph and an imaging mosaic that is created by the Pro software version with a computer:

 

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Man that is sweet! So we now will have 3 companies competing on this technology, I imagine that will speed up the features curve. My elite 5 can record and has gps so do you think lowrance will eventually support this sonar charts or try and keep it on the hds and up just to try and get the extra $ on the upgrade? This is where I was confused on the compatibility http://www.navionics.com/sites/www.navionics.com/files/documents/Americas_CompatibilityGuide_v16_Jan28th2013.pdf.pdf

Oh yeah, are you using the lakemaster? In Virginia????

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Man that is sweet! So we now will have 3 companies competing on this technology, I imagine that will speed up the features curve. My elite 5 can record and has gps so do you think lowrance will eventually support this sonar charts or try and keep it on the hds and up just to try and get the extra $ on the upgrade? This is where I was confused on the compatibility http://www.navionics.com/sites/www.navionics.com/files/documents/Americas_CompatibilityGuide_v16_Jan28th2013.pdf.pdf

Oh yeah, are you using the lakemaster? In Virginia????

Lowrance units already read the Sonar Charts data. It is Navionics that has to process Lowrance data so Lowrance uses can participate in the Sonar Charts program. I suppose that will happen some time in the future.

The sonar companies use different data formats and are not interchangeable without translation.

 

There are no Lakemaster products available for VIrginia. Tennesse is the closest to Va that Lakemaster has coverage currently. The AutoChart software won't be on the market until Spring. No schedule has been announced for any new regional cards other that the most recent for the West. Lowrance units are not Lakemaster compatable.

The company that owns Humminbird bought the Lakemaster company and now Lakemaster is exclusive to Humminbird.

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For Florida the u of Florida has contour maps free for 100 Florida lakes. I have seem more detailed maps but you can't beat the price. Go to u of floria and put in lake maps.

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i know Google earth has good maps, but i want ones where you can get a rough estimate of

water depht? Anyone know where i can see that online?

 

                       YoungGun29

I'm not positive where to find any topo maps online but Wal-mart sells a book that includes every lake in Kentucky. It gives information gatherd by biologist over the past few years. Iabels and rates different areas, creeks, under water road beds. It even shows/rates boat ramps around the lake! It's been extremely handy!

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