Plotter sync doesn’t work 1/5
By james 123454321
Didn’t work. But does now
Navionics ignores loyal users 1/5
Have used Navionics for years and appreciate the development work on updates. Within the past year they updated, removed an App and added a replacement. Supposedly the balance of existing subscriptions were transferred, but they were not. I paid again. The June update locked me out of my subscription and no longer recognizes my log in or subscription.
As the owner of tens of thousands of dollars of parent company Garmin equipment I’m disappointed to say the least.
Developer: Please contact me and restore my log in and subscription. Thank you
Please fix bug - Cannot obtain wind forecast 2/5
Upon attempting to obtain a wind forecast, which I’ve been doing for many years, the app says “Connection Failed - please check your connection and try again.” Please fix and advise.
App is a ripoff 1/5
I’ve bought this App twice and now you’ve moved to a yearly subscription... you can keep it!!!
Route/Track Header toggle 2/5
By Meh, it's okay.
***update to developer response. ***********
Yeah, that is the problem. ONLY the track info is available in the header.
The previous versions had a TOGGLE between track info on ROUTE info.
The route info in the header had such info as time and mileage to the next route point.
Without that, you have to do a lot of work to get that info.
It was nice to have it quickly available.
I used boating USA app to sail from New Orleans to Guatemala. It was a truly valuable app. Although I had other navigation systems to rely on as back up, I never used them.
I will likely use this app again, next season, to continue down to Panama.
The updates make the functionality different, and I'm sure I will learn it. If I can make one request, it would be to put back the Header Toggle between Route and Track info.
Having that info available so quickly was very handy. That Header held a wealth of useful info, that just isn't there in the update.
Bring that back, and you'll have a great product again.
Beware when you renew subscription 1/5
The Navionics app continues to be misleading when you try to renew your subscription. I renewed my subscription to US and Canada, but the app continued to display “Subscription Expired” and a button to “USA Charts”, no matter how many times I restarted and re-synched the app. Eventually, out of desperation, I clicked the “USA Charts” button, so I got subscribed to USA as well (which are already included in US and Canada). I really feel that the UI misled me. I emailed Navionics, explaining what happened and asking for a refund on the second purchase, but no reply.
Navionics charts are good, but I am so tired with Navionics behavior, their in-app purchases are just misleading, they do not follow Apple’s guidelines, and have been this way for a long time. I did report them to Apple, if you have similar problems do the same.
Navionics shady business practice 1/5
By Kasper Harris
I’ve been a long term user of Navionics:US and Canada which they are “discontinuing”. They recommend for all users to download their “new” Navionics Boating and Lakes app for “no additional cost”.
Navionics business practice is crooked. I paid $7.99 for an annual subscription for Navionics+ under the US and Canada app but now am forced to pay $21.99 for Navionics+ in the boating and Lakes app. Shame on you greedy Navionics!
Expired subscriptions render app unusable 1/5
The app works great until one of your map subscriptions expires. The app then reminds you constantly, including every time you go back to it after minimizing it, and makes you “accept terms” for use of the “free” features just so you can then use it with the subscription you paid for. I have multiple maps downloaded from multiple trips but only one subscription active at any time. Worst design ever. Come on Navionics — you should be better than this!
Not good 1/5
I used iNavX for years and loved it. I guess it has been purchased and is no longer available. So they direct you this chart plotter and it is terrible compared to the old iNaxX. In so many ways. E.G. Creating a route is very difficult and almost useless. I don’t understand why or how this occurred but I want my old chart plotting app back. What a waste.
GPS only works on land 1/5
I used to love navionics but with the new version that they moved to the gps doesn’t seem to work on my iPad. It will only show my location on land, or place me on the nearest land if I’m in the water. This doesn’t make the app useful at all. Glad I kept the previous version on my phone, at least for however long it will keep working.
I bought the iPad specifically to use navionics and its a real letdown that its not working.
I can’t recommend until they fix this.
Horrific Support 1/5
I had a simple question about a problem with the App and have been waiting for over one week for a response. I have reached out multiple times and they either don't care or don't have a clue. Either way is all bad. Don't buy!!
Enjoy App 5/5
Working good now
Forcing me to pay again 1/5
By a dude that sails
Does anyone know of any other good boat navigation apps? Perhaps someone post ideas after me since I’m sure there are others such as myself and my friends that are looking for alternatives. I purchased the US and Canada version for a flat rate a couple years back and now I’m being asked to pay an annual subscription to have the same features. There must be something better out there.
What’s going on? 1/5
App has been unusable since last Thursday. Just received an email ref my tech support case that app had been restored and sonar chart infor was useable again. Deleted and reloaded app hit update makes and approx 415 mb of updates was available. Hit the button, screen blanked for a second and nothing happened. Knew something was wrong. Tried update feature again and nothing. Base map still corrupted, no sonar chart contours. 3 years of local data lost. Don’t know why my sonar chart data has to reside on their server. I download charts for offline use.
Totally disappointed. If not fixed in 48 hours dumping this app and going to Garmin. Have over a hundred friends in my fishing association. Many of them use this app.
No data transfer to new phone. No reply from company 1/5
Used this app for years. Last phone change the maps did not transfer. Now I have to repurchase them at 5 times the original price!
I contacted customer service and received no reply.
That’s two very significant shortcomings.
Keep taking our money 1/5
Funny how the “discontinued app“ still has the ability to take our subscription money, but no features work.
No more US Govt NOAA chart viewing!!! 1/5
Taking away the ability to view/use the Govt NOAA charts is the last straw example of this company’s greed. Many of us use those charts for planning but only buy your subscription Charts for areas we will actually sail in. In my case I buy the Caribbean chart subscription, but still want to look at several US locations so I use the Govt NOAA charts for that. It also looks like your Caribbean Charts subscription has increased from about $8 to $28 per year. That also seems greedy and price gouging, at the very least for us customers who have been loyal and supported Navionics for years. If you don’t decide to give us those Govt NOAA map viewing and reasonable subscription fees back, then its time for many of us to find a new Chart app !!
This app is pretty good. The merging of all the apps that the developer is doing might be confusing to past users, but has not effected the quality of the app itself.
Paid twice??? 2/5
The app made me subscribe again. It said my free trail was up, but I never even used the free trial, I bought it immediately and now it’s telling me I have to subscribe again.
Current subscription not recognized 1/5
Signed in with my current subscription. App confirmed I was signed in but would not function after trail period. Uninstalled and reinstalled twice with no joy. I’m not paying again. I still have 139 days on current subscription.
Great with a few bugs 4/5
Wonderful app! You can’t beat the price and accuracy of the charts. We plan to use this app to circumnavigate over the next two years. East coast of USA, Bahamas, and Panama have all been wonderful and accurate so far. I am able to install the app on backup cellular data iPads in lifeproof cases. We use this app as our chart plotter.
One of the bugs we have noticed seems to relate to low internet speed. If the app is launched when the device has *barely* one bar of cellular or WiFi internet connection, the app will hang. Force quitting and relaunching the app does not help, but turning off cell data for the app or disconnecting from WiFi does allow the app to launch. Please build in some error checking for low/unusable internet (example: when sailing out of harbor).
Another feature we would like to have would be to delete downloaded maps (we would like to delete the US maps to free up space) -without having to delete and reinstall the app.
Overall great app and a 5 star app if the bugs are fixed! Thank you!
Had to buy twice, still won’t work! 1/5
By Kalcypher rocks
This Navionics product may be amazing, but since the developers switched to Boating and Marina, the charts will not stay loaded on my IPad. I have been asked by the APP to purchase a subscription three times now, all within the last six months. I have paid all three times but the APP continues to ask for a subscription and deletes the downloaded information in the process! We are almost full time cruisers and need reliable charting software. This product does not work right. Developers should be more clear on payments. Is the subscription monthly?
Very annoyed 1/5
Used this app for a while as my primary back up to my lowrance.
I was on the water when I noticed that my map was no longer available, and I would not have access to my local map.
The frustrating part is that I was out on the water when this happened, and downloading the map was not an option given my cellular data restrictions.
The 9.99 or whatever it is, is not the issue. My issue is that i had no idea about this change.
I’m very annoyed with how navionics pigeon holed me.
Not cool. If you’re goal was to force people to buy the map, rather than allow a free region download...THEN CHARGE UP FRONT.
Developer RIP OFF 1/5
I paid for the previous app in full. Now I have a 15 day TRIAL and will have to pay again. Developer GREED. It doesn’t pay to piss off your customers and double dip.
Hey developer, Now this is where you paste your canned response as you did with all the other 1 star reviews.
Ripped off! 1/5
I’ve had this app for a few years and had made a “one-time purchase” of $14.99 only to find out today opening the app that was blank that I had to download an update. After the update I was then told that I had to renew my annual subscription! So much for this app. There is no way you’re worth it. I’ll stick to my Lowrance.
It’s great, please add this one feature.. 4/5
I am very glad that Active Captain was added and it is also nice to have community edits as a combination. One thing I really do miss is that I cannot edit ActiveCaptain without going to a clunky buggy website. Please add in app activecaptain editing! (Not a browser)
I purchased this app and although I’m no computer guru, I thought it would always work!! I was able to see contour lines so I knew where the drop offs were. Now I have to buy new charts? Forget it.
Not as accurate as it used to be 2/5
I used this app last year and it was almost spot on in the areas I fish. This year it’s been way off more times then it’s been right. App said I was in 6fow when I was in 22 Fow and the sonar icon on the lake even said 22 fow but the TOPO showed otherwise. Regretting paying for this app this year.
Bad customer service. 1/5
My subscription won’t renew so I sent an email asking why it wouldn’t renew and they gave me a number that was in the ten thousands and said you case number is *****. And will be addressed in that order.
I use this app frequently and I got the email two months ago and still no response.
Tech support-poor 1/5
By three gs
The new upgraded version of this app does not work properly. Automatic routing has bugs and tech-support is not willing to knowledge them.
Ok, it’s just okay 3/5
Third year of using the App, it’s great for at a glance planning. Maybe some weather and a little helpful on routing. Just updated to the latest because the location specific apps are being sun-setted. The charts are ok, sometimes better than others sometimes worse. Have anchored on land according to charts in the southern San Blas at times for example.
The biggest problem that hasn’t been addressed in the last 3 years is the initial chart down load. You pay for a region or chart then are forced to down load in pieces or squares. That works fine on fast connections. As a world traveler, a download all button even if it downloaded the same pieces would save hours and hours pinching and “requesting download” of pieces of the region. After every piece you have to re-zoom and go find the boundaries of what has already been downloaded. Downloading the pacific charts is going to take a few days of perseverance at the local watering hole. Ugh.
It’s fine to have the selective download, but ALSO include a “gimme what I paid for” (ALL) option as well. That will run without having to have the app open and babysat the entire time.
For comparison I use C-Map, Garmin and all kinds of public charts in OpenCpn and my “eyes” as most electronic charts are off at one time or another. 15,000 miles from Atlantic, Caribbean, to southern Chile, Pacific is next.
Fraud alert 1/5
Stay away and do not waste your money. Do not get scammed. There are better nautical charting values available for the iPad.
I spent a lot of money for both the USA/Canada and the Caribbean/South America apps. They were very, very expensive for apps but included lifetime chart updates.
Now I find out that Navionics has completely destroyed my investment in these apps and forced me to go to a subscription service, with absolutely no consideration for my previous investment. This is extremely aggravating, and the very worst of business practices. All they are doing is gouging their customers for more money. This is not only unacceptable, but borders on fraud.
The only reason they get one star, is you can’t select less.
I paid for your app 1/5
By SXY BST
Now you sent me an update that doesn’t work do I have to pay for The update your app keeps sending me to restore purchase and then won’t recognize my email
Sold as a one time fee which was pretty hefty. Now they want monthly revenue. You should have honored your original commitment. .
Charged for this unwanted app 1/5
Not happy with the operation of this app tried to cancel and get refund no luck through apple.
Rip Off 1/5
Discontinuing one expensive app only to charge for another is either genius or criminal. Probably both.
Not a one time pay app like they said. 2/5
I have been using this app for about three years now. I bought it when it was offered at a one time buy. But for the past week, my maps and all the depth contours that were once included have no longer worked. My pins are still available but the lakes will no longer load when I zoom. The basic outline is there but only in straight lines. Very disappointing. I’ve emailed the support team. I’m hoping this is just a glitch and not something I have to pay again and again for like the app is asking me to do. If so I’m going a different route.
Simply wrong data 2/5
Pending a more on site contact, I can say that the depth data shown on my home lake - Lake Ouachita - in Arkansas, is seriously in error. It shows the slip where I moor my houseboat to be in 25’ of water. In August the depth at the shallow end of the slip was knee deep and is never more than about 8’ when lake levels are highest. I will write more after the next time I am there and can take exact location depths. Disappointed.
Active Captain clutter 3/5
By fed up with improvements
Dec 2018 review:
1) Consider all the reviews complaining about the hidden subscription fees incorporated here by reference. It must be getting old having to copy and past the same tired explanation into every review.
2) I have loved the Navionics app for a few years. Now, the chart is cluttered with mostly meaningless, redundant or otherwise unnecessary Active Captain comment symbols. There needs to be a way to eliminate those entirely so the chart can be seen unobstructed by this clutter.
3) Recently, the app gets repeatedly hijacked and obscured by a prompt to download USA charts (I assume) that I no longer need, and centers the chart over “Coos Bay” on the coast of Oregon. This is a hazard when attempting to navigate and it is necessary to click on “Later” and reposition the chart back to the Caribbean. It does this repeatedly- like every time the app is accessed! I’ve already downloaded the charts for the area where I am navigating. If there were other charts needed for where I am, it would be obvious and I could do so by going into the settings. THIS IS DANGEROUS AND THIS OBSTRUCTING PROMPT NEEDS TO STOP!
Disaster of an Upgrade 1/5
What a cluster this has been - turns out my valid subscriptions have been lost somewhere in the ether, and they’re not accessible via the prior version either.
Good thing I didn’t do this from the boat...I would have been SOL.
By Effertz A.
I liked the original app that I paid for and it had most of the lakes I fish. Now in the state of Minnesota I found one lake, lake Mille lacs! Looks like I have to pay $14.99 again for what I already paid for! Looks like I’m going to go back to using my handheld gps with lake master!
Good app 4/5
By GD - the other one
Quickly transferred my existing data and subscription to new app. Everything syncs nicely between my iPad iPhone and B&G Vulcan 7. Would like to be able to see VMG on the mobile app - not just the plotter some of us are sailors and are having too much fun to sit and fish!
Ok app, would be great with a single change 2/5
I like the Navionics app but it has one serious shortcoming. When trying to navigate on a river it consistently errors out by saying “Too many points.”
I’m not sure if this is a limitation put in to accommodate older phones with limited resources or if it’s to protect their infrastructure from generating long routes. Either way it’s a major hinderance for me when using their app.
Abandoning Old App and Users Who Paid 1/5
By Adam P
They make a great product, but they have ditched the prepaid model and forced their long time users to a subscription app, after we already paid for the use of the previous version. That’s trash, and they should be doing something for their legacy users.
Bait and switch pricing 1/5
This is a scam, you pay and then they down grade the features making the app useless so you must upgrade and pay more. Nice try but I won’t be paying again.
The developer should honor the 1 year subscription with all the features I payed for.
The developer is dishonest!!!
I’m tired of rebuying a repacked app!!! Fraud! 1/5
I’m tired of Navionics changing the name of their apps and forcing their customers to rebuy it every so often! I purchased this app when it first came to market and I’ve been a long-time customer. Let me keep my outdated maps. Someone should sue them for making the old app obsolete so that we can’t use it and we’d be force into their subscription service! We paid for that
Maps and settings not transferred. 2/5
By Southern Storm
Please explain why the advanced settings and features I purchased on apple account is not going to my iPad? I was just prompted to update and renew subscription?
But I already bought this! 1/5
By Yung Fish $
Purchased the app and loved it, now all map detail has been removed and I’m being asked to join “subscription” service which is significantly more than the initial purchase. On top of that, they will auto renew, so you are unaware of the continued fleecing Navionics is performing on their customers. I’ll be searching out alternatives. Way to screw up a good thing, Navionics!
Shady pricing tactics 1/5
I really enjoy the USA app. For $4.99/ year it is great value. I received a note within the app that said it would no longer be supported and to update to the new app (this one), at no additional cost. It is true that they will move you to the new app and you don’t pay anything, but when it is time to renew your subscription the price is now $14.99. I feel that this is a shady tactic on Navionics part. I don’t even see any difference in the two apps to justify a 200% increase in price. Your customers deserve better.