Big Changes in Explorer Electronic Data Availability
In February 2019 some changes were introduced in the sources of data being used for electronic navigation in the Bahamas. If you have come to rely on the accuracy of the Explorer chart data, this is important information for you. If you are planning a trip to the Bahamas, you may need to make some changes to assure that you go with the best chart data.
One of the recent developments causing a shift is that Garmin has purchased Navionics.
Garmin announced that its new g3 marine electronics offerings will contain only Navionics data for the Bahamas. Since February 2019, Garmin no longer makes Explorer Bahamas data available to its customers. The g3 will be included in the g3 accessory cards and pre-loaded chart plotters.
The Explorer data is still available on g2 accessory cards (Garmin) and earlier pre-loaded chart plotters which may be in inventory at various retailers or from Garmin directly. Customers desiring Explorer data can upgrade their g2 cards to insure that travel to the Bahamas is with the tried and true Explorer chart data.
Other avenues for insuring Explorer-only data is to go with C-Map by Navico products and its affiliates SIMRAD, LOWRANCE, and B&G. Also, chart data through MapMedia, MaxSea, Nobeltec, Standard Horizon, RosePoint Coastal Explorer, and Furuno can be trusted to use Explorer vector and raster information. If you are using RayMarine hardware, please inquire of the company as Explorer data is available but not on all units.
There are also three new apps for phone/tablet that now include Explorer-only raster data. Check out AquaMap and iNavx. Links below: