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esoxguy

I am looking at buying a 2007 Navionic HotMaps chip and was wondering if the map for Vermilion was upgraded on the 2008 version. Both versions indicate that Vermilion is in High Definition. Thanks for the advice.

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TomWehler

Maybe ask the Navionic people eh?

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Go to da source is best.

One thing for sure...not much moves sept some lumber, boulders an da fish.

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T.

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delcecchi

I was sort of wondering the same thing. Navionics reportedly resurveyed the lake recently. Lakemaps did the first one. So if I buy the Navionics chip, can I be sure to get the latest survey, or did they remarket the lakemaster one for a while?

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Casey Sunsdahl

I ran the new Navionics LOTW2K chip in my 997si humminbird last year. There are some variences from the lakemaster chip ,and also a reef or two that isnt on the lakemaster. The only problem ive found with this particular navionics chip is that it only will let you zoom in to an eight mile scale on the lowrance units ive tryed it in (332c and h2o handheld).. plus it is complecated on those lowrance models to select what 'region' you want to look at on the mapset. I dont know if thats the case with all lowrance or just that nav. chip or what? I guess id look into it a bit before i made a decision. The nav servay was done in 06. i think the lakemaster was 04..

the nav has a neet feature that lets you highlite shallower water in a different color, cool for picking out and targeting reefs on the map. Again on the lowrance units this was preset to 12 ft. i believe and you could not change it, which in most cases was ok. But on the humminbird i could set it anywhere i wanted.. for example the water is white and i set it at 20ft it would mark any structure or bays 20ft or less on the map in blue (which sometimes was actually around 16-18), perfect for finding what you want at a glance.

id spend the extra

$100 and buy them both see what you like. Whats 100 when it comes to fishing gear?

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delcecchi

well, I have the lakemaster chip, and the computer map, and the paper map....

Reminds me, got to install the computer map on the new laptop. Boss man kept the old one when I retired. :-(

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Northlander

I looked at Vermillion on both my Navionics and Lakemaster chip. Each has some things the other doesnt. If I were to buy one for just Vermillion it would be the Lakemaster. Better zooming capability, roads are much better and I think the campsites are marked as well.

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Bulldoggr

Just Got back from Gander Mountain. I went to buy a Navonics chip. I have 3 Lakemaster Chips right now. I use in both my 520c and my H2O. I have the Mn. Wi, and the LOTW chips.

I am moving to Nebraska, So I was hoping to get a good Chip for the nebraska area.

The navonics chips seem to cover regions of the U.S.. Talking to the guy there according to him the navonics don't load up as quick as the lakemaster. I guess if there was more then one Chip available for Nebraska thatcould make or break me buying the chip. In otherwords if thats all that available and that is a known problem i guess it's something I have to live with.

It was at then when he suggested to me the Map Create 7 Series. allows you to make your own MMC to use. and you can make up to 5 Chips. I guess you get 5 codes that you use to register your chip so it will work in your unit.

This MMC map Create is only $100.00 and to be able to make 5 chips that breaks down to $ 20.00. Of course you have to buy the Chip to download the info on. But that is still a huge savings.

Some of the features it has is * land based Topo Lines, Plus exclusive Hunting databases.

*Includes over 2,000,000 Searchable Points of Interst.

*It has over 3000 lakes with Depth Contours. ( wish there was more though)

So anyways i will be making up a chip. I'll let you know what i think of it once i have it made and have used it a bit.

I use my H2O for Driving as well. So that is another bonus with this Map Create.

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delcecchi

Does the map create have the special surveyed lakes? Or just the public domain stuff from the DNR? If it has the extras it would be a deal.

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Bulldoggr

It has mostly the DNR stuff. And most of the lakes and the rivers do not have contours at all. At least not on the map i created.

I will say this. it is not great for lake maps. But it is awsome on POI's Hunting lands. The Topo, and elevations. Roads Highways. and even some trials.

If you are looking for lake contours and in Minnesota and Wisconsin area. The lakemaster chips are far better then anything else i have ever seen. I have the Mn chip not sure what year it was. Got it when i bought my H2O. When I bought my boat last year. I put a 520c in. I was on Lake pokegama in Grand Rapids. I noticed that the contours where not accurate compared to what My sonar was telling me. then i heard that Lake master came out with the New 2007 Chip. That Pokegama was one of the lakes that lakemaster had surveyed in the 5 foot or less Contours. So I bought it. Put that chip in my Boat. I use the older Minnesota Chip in my H2O when i am driving or out in the woods.

This Map Create 7. I do like it overall. The one thing I am disapointed about though is the lack of lakes with detail Contours.

I am however extremely happy with all the Public Hunting lands it shows. The roads and highways. and the POI's.

I am moving to Nebraska and am not familar with the area at all. this alone has generated alot more Enthusiasam. Now i am looking to buy a .243 just to do some varmit hunting.

If I had to rate the map create, I would give it a 7.5 out of 10

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