Florida Marine Tracks has Launched

Egrets LandingEgrets Landing Posts: 935 Officer
FMT is finally off and running after navigating a very long and steep electronics and GIS learning curve. The initial release of S. Florida is complete. This release includes recent hi res color imagery from Miami to Naples and all of Monroe County to Tortugas. Comprehensive Tracks cover all of the Keys and basic tracks are provided for Biscayne Bay to Miami and 10,000 islands to Naples. The next update will be released early next year and include imagery for the rest of the the State of Florida and more tracks up both coasts.

If you are frustrated with your dingy, fuzzy, dated, black and white, and missing chart plotter imagery you are sure to be much happier running with this chip. It currently runs on the Navico line of chart plotters to include Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. Other manufacturers may follow except for Garmin which unfortunately prefers to support their own maps to the exclusion of all other mapping alternatives.

If you seek some direction on how to get from point A to point B and want a plethora of alternatives at a glance or wish you could rely more on your chart plotter to get more situational awareness of the shallows around you in the back country, this is the only product that provides this insight. It has the best imagery available in the market today and thousands of miles of tracks drawn with extreme precision. The imagery is higher resolution than the current GPS screens can even fully read. This chip even has all of the ENP markers noted and placed on the map in their exact locations and a lot of PVC stakes too to help in navigating. If you want to know how to get somewhere in the Keys in your skiff without worrying about running into flats and bars, this will show you. Albeit, it is not for the faint of heart. There are tons of shortcuts and tight runs but all proven. Using the chip requires great attention to detail. It was developed and tested over many years and designed exclusively for smaller and shallow running flats and bay boats that draft 13.5" or less at rest. It is not for recommended amateurs or novice shallow water boaters.

The photos examples/comparisons below were taken on a HDS12 Gen 2 unit. They are a little darker than they actually appear on the unit. Since it is a digital camera shooting an electronic screen; the images look much cleaner on the unit than in these photos of the screen but they are representative enough to provide a meaningful comparison between FMT and in this case Navionics 906P+ images. We will post comparisons to other products in the weeks to come.

If you are interested in learning more about this product or wish to purchase it, you can send an email to:

[email protected] and make inquiry there.

It's being sold on line right now at $525 and will eventually be available via direct download to your own chip at Navico's website. But purchasing direct is better as the download will code the chip to a single gps so you can't use the chip in any another machine unless you jump through some hoops at Navico. If it's purchased direct, the chip will work in any Navico chart plotter.

The FMT Website is in development at this time so for approximately the rest of September, any interested buyers or window shoppers will have to use the email until the rest of the product details can be posted on line. The demand was so high for the chips we decided to release early since the chips are complete and work fine but before we had the fancy packaging and web info totally wired.

Happy boating!

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Replies

  • oldtimeroldtimer Posts: 504 Officer
    Thanks for posting. Lots of detail on those shots.

    Well done
  • Net 30Net 30 Posts: 969 Officer
    Any updates on the rest of the Florida charting? Especially looking for Jupiter to Jacksonville…...
  • Egrets LandingEgrets Landing Posts: 935 Officer
    The rest of the State is in process now. Hope to be complete by May.
  • Net 30Net 30 Posts: 969 Officer
    The rest of the State is in process now. Hope to be complete by May.

    Thanks. Make sure you post so we all know it's available!
  • Net 30Net 30 Posts: 969 Officer
    Any update on the rest of the state?
  • Egrets LandingEgrets Landing Posts: 935 Officer
    Net 30 wrote: »
    Any update on the rest of the state?

    It is finished. However, the final adjustments to photos in N. FL won't be complete until the 4th qtr. Until then the unadjusted photos are available and we will update at no charge when it is ready. I'll post some comparison photos of N. FL (unadjusted) to compare to Navionics if you would like.
  • WC53WC53 Posts: 69 Greenhorn
    Also interested in knowing if NE region is up yet. Thanks, T
    "Reality, the bane of ICC everywhere."
  • Egrets LandingEgrets Landing Posts: 935 Officer
    WC53 wrote: »
    Also interested in knowing if NE region is up yet. Thanks, T

    It's up but with the imagery not yet fully adjusted. Mapping efforts have progressed to Louisiana now and final photo adjustments for FL should be done next month. Anyone who purchases chips prior to 2016 with the current draft images can switch them out for free with the fully adjusted imagery when its ready. Samples of the N Fl FMT unadjusted imagery released were posted in a separate thread as seen on a 12 inch unit.
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