Comprehensive Inshore Navigation Insight for Florida Boaters
- The clearest and highest resolution imagery
- Thousands of miles of precisely drawn, easy-to-see tracks
- The most accurate marker locations
- Easy-to-use software
If the chip switch is set to “Locked” (full SDHC or adapters) it will not allow any other data to be saved to the chip. Microchips are unlocked if used without an adapter, thus for units that take only a microchip, the chip is unlocked. For adapters and full size SDHC, if the chip switch is set to “unlocked,” any data the user generates on the chart plotter may be saved to the chip and subsequently transferred to a computer or other chart plotter. However, this is not recommended, as there is a risk that the user may inadvertently erase one or more of the original source files for the maps and photos on the chip rendering it useless. In this case, the chip would need to be replaced unless the user had previously backed up the source files to a PC.
Shallow-water boats have their own unique challenges, but there are many recreational boats that require a water depth of 3 feet or more. Boaters with these types of watercraft could overlay their own previously tested tracks on the FMT’s photos. Our photos are much higher quality than anything available on the market and show more detail than any other competing product. FMT will release a version of the map at a later date with a map layer of tracks specifically designed for larger bay boats with deeper drafts than flats boats.
Turn on the chart plotter and boot it up. The machine will load the base maps that come as part of the unit.
Next, push the FMT chip into the slot until it clicks in. The machine will begin to load the FMT charts and ask you to confirm you wish to load the FMT charts. There is a lot of data to load and the unit could take 30 or 40 seconds to complete the process. Depending on your model unit, some will boot the data faster than others. The unit will ask you to confirm that you want to load the map data. Confirm, and you’re good to go.
Yes, the map data was awarded a Certificate of Registration and is a part of the Copyright Office Records, originally effective in November 2010 and subsequently updated.
Yes. Many of the PVC stakes that have been there for a long time are noted with a specific icon. Signs are noted with round blue icons. Please note that PVC stakes, park service markers, and other markers are subject to change due to storms or damage.
No. Only boats that draft 13.5 inches and can run in a foot or less can run all of them.
FMT’s founder and president, Glenn Housman, personally created the tracks over many years of detailed proprietary record-keeping while navigating all of the waters of the Florida Keys and other coastal waters and performing hours of detailed study of hi-res aerial images. All of the tracks have been run successfully at low water conditions. None of the Keys tracks were provided by third parties. In some areas north of the Keys, such as Ten Thousand Islands, some reliable third party assistance was provided in track development.
The tracks on the map were run for low water conditions. If you ran inside those tracks safely before, it was likely because the water level was higher.
All of the S. Florida tracks and some of the N. FL tracks were created running an all fiberglass Egret 18.9’ flats boat with a 175HP Engine Merc ProXS without a jack plate and standard trim tabs.
The boat drafts about 13.5″ at rest with a typical load and runs on a plane in less than a foot of water with the engine properly trimmed up. Some tracks in N. FL were also created using hi-res imagery and recent depth indications.
FMT is compatible with all Navico devices, including Lowrance, Simrad, and B&G.
Not currently, but we hope to run on those platforms in the future.
Each GPS manufacturer has proprietary software to run their units. Therefore, the maps that run on them have to be formatted with a proprietary code to be compatible with those units. Garmin precludes any other maps from running on their platform, so if you run a Garmin the only mapping option you get is Garmin. Other manufacturers provide some choices but they are still relatively limited. Navico provides the greatest number of mapping options.
Yes the ISLA Tracks can be turned off. All of ISLA’s map features are optional and can be turned on or off individually.
Send the original chip back to FMT and we will repair or replace it with a new one for a $25 service fee.
Yes. If you are sure it is the chip and not the chart plotter, return the chip to FMT and we will replace it at no cost. However, if FMT determines the chip is working properly, FMT will notify the customer and return it for a $25 service fee.
Current unit software will not allow this for mapping partners. Further software updates for the various units are likely to provide changes to this capability. However, the product is designed to be used around the imagery, as the images themselves provide the best base map for land and water features.
Yes. NOAA tide data is built into the chip and is the same tide data you may access from your unit’s hard drive.
If your unit is not able to access this data, tide information may be obtained directly from your GPS unit rather than the chip itself. To load tide data from the hard drive rather than the chip, the chip must be deactivated by temporarily disengaging/removing the chip so the chart plotter will read the internal data on the hard drive rather than the chip. Subsequently, the chip can be pushed back into the slot to reactivate at the current location. If you run a Simrad or B&G Unit and you find tides as an option that you may select directly from the unit’s main menu, you can do that or pull tides directly from of the chip.
Yes. It works great.
WAAS should be active to most accurately show your location and navigate in tight areas. We have found that the internal antenna on the Navico HDS units is sufficient enough to run the tracks with accuracy at typical planning speed. An external antenna is not required.
We don’t like having to reset the defaults from scratch either!
Fortunately, we’ve been working on this problem and we now have a solution. If you find that your unit does not save your map settings, update your software. The unit’s software controls this. Most of the units now have software that will save your preferred map settings. Depending on the software version and your unit, one or more of your settings may be saved or none may be saved.
The green swamp symbols represent managed areas/National Parks and yellow hash marks represent manatee zones.
There are green hash symbols in Louisiana denoting the area of state-owned water bottom (according to the state). These symbols cover all of these areas. To turn them off go into “Categories” and select FMT “Areas” and uncheck the areas you do not want represented and those symbols will disappear. Similar hash mark areas are at military bases, secure areas, and named beaches.