• Dave LeGear

Florida Marine Tracks Chartplotter Chip by ISLA Mapping

I have written about and used these chips for years. They are installed not only in my Skiff, but in many of my friends Skiffs and Boats (I know I programmed those installs) and convinced. That you will simply not find a better chart for your GPS!

And to not only stay safe while running in some very skinny waters even in low light or stormy conditions... But at the same time, to help protect our fragile Marine Ecosystems by not getting hung up. Those are costly to both yourself by the damage to your hull and lower unit which can be very expensive to repair AFTER you finally get towed back to the ramp... Just as important to the Grass Flats, Oyster Beds and Coral Heads that have just taken a royal beating over the years. Those are the same areas that are the nurseries for all our Game fish as well as, all the other Sea life that depends on the forage they find in them.

As per their website...

"Detailed marine cartography available on SDHC and micro chips"

Florida Marine Tracks LLC, provides detailed marine cartography with Hi-Res Imagery available on SDHC and micro chips for all of Florida for use in Navico chart plotters including SIMRAD, Lowrance, and B&G units. 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 recommended for amateurs or novice shallow water boaters."

Here is an episode on the Sliver Kings TV show with Capt, Jared Raskob that discusses how this chip is being employed not only navigation, but conservation efforts as well.

And even more on those same type of efforts on this video clip.

I also had the pleasure to record and do a deep dive into the Development, Application, Use / Safety, and the Ongoing development plus the Conservation efforts provided, with Glenn Housman of FMT himself... Quite the development story when you consider that Glenn, was not what one would consider a Mapping or even a IT guy career wise.

And goes to prove once again (lesson that was even reinforced with me while chatting with Glenn) that with a vision, and the tenacity to NOT give up! Many, no matter the age, can with patience, reinvent yourself and make what many would consider a complete 180 degree course change (no pun intended) in your career and life's work!

We talked at length, about how this product is a very accurate navigational aide to those in Florida and now (also) Louisiana. It is very educational, and it will help you secure the correct equipment to not only run this chip, but to get the most out of it at the same time!

You can find the Podcast (Episode # 8 ) with Glenn and myself on the Flats Nation Podcast page located here: https://www.flatsnation.com/podcast

Simply the best way I know of to NOT go bump in the night, and akin to Flying IFR on the water for sure! Great for use in new waters that you may not have ran before also. You can order yours and if needed, the correct unit to run it on here: https://floridamarinetracks.com/

Tight Lines, and God Bless!


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