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Internet Forum Posts about FMT

See what so many others have to say. FMT’s reputation on accuracy and detail is unsurpassed.

 

  • I have the FMT chip and it saved my butt one time after getting caught in a rapid front passing thru with the family in my skiff 11 miles down the coastline. Coming back home into whitecaps and a stiff 25-30 mph wind would have been a miserable trip so I pulled up my chart (lowrance) and followed the red FMT lines under the bridge and into the backcountry near Shark Key to get relief from a strong SE wind. I followed the Red path lines over some crazy back areas and paths and was able to get everyone home on Cudjoe without getting soaked and beaten to death. That one trip made the cost worth it to me.

 

  • Garmin blows in the Keys … I am buying a Simrad soon just to use FMT charts … I can’t tell you how many times I am smack in the middle of a channel and my Garmin shows me out on the middle of a flat. The backcountry part of the Garmin charts are horrible.

 

  • I got FMT earlier this year after seeing the FL Sportsman Article about it. Seemed a little pricey at first but It’s amazing and now that I have run with it it’s more than worth the cost. I don’t know how they did it. They must have like an army of boating people or something taking gps notes all over. Ridiculously accurate and the navigation details you can see is incredible. Blows Navionics and my old Garmin maps away. You won’t be disappointed.

 

  • We have been running FMT on a Simrad Evo2 for the last few months. All I can say is wow! The charts are simply amazing and the tracks are dead on. You can get a 4 yr old to navigate from Islamorada to Flamingo. The chip and the customer service is second to none. Garmin, Navionics, etc. have nothing close to this kind of detail. Even the soundings 20 miles off shore are accurate. Simply an awesome product.

 

  • Unexpectedly found myself fishing the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge over the 4th when my son called and said his ship was in Mayport and he had leave.Didn’t have a chart, so popped in my FMT chip to look for deeper grass flats and pot holes. If you are not familiar w/ this place , it is shallow…………..The chip produced for redfish and trout and kept us out of trouble.Had a great 4th on the water.Thanks FMT.

 

  • I absolutely love my new Florida Marine Tracks chip and wanted to post this review. I have not fished much in Chokoloskee and had never made the run outside; I always fished in the back. Took the FMT out there for the fist time and ran it like a local guide right out of the gate. Kept me completely out of trouble and the aerials even helped me identify fishing spots. I ran in at dusk so reading the water was difficult to impossible. But the chip never led me wrong. Thanks FMT team.

 

  • If I could do it over; I’d go Simrad GO7/9XSE withFlorida Marine Tracks . FMT (if you live in Florida ) is the best map I have ever seen.

 

  • Once you run once with it, you have to have it.  It’s like boat crack.  I took a charter with a guide who is running FMT and was blown away with the detail.  I had a new Hbird on my pathfinder which went up for sale as soon as I got home right along with the Navionics chip.  I thought I had a pretty decent set up until I saw what FMT can do.  I had no idea what I was missing out there and I am out there quite a bit.   Get the Simrad EVO2 with FMT and you will be in great shape.

 

  • I have FMT tattooed on my chest for a reason.

 

  • It’s tough to beat the marine tracks deal. Seen complete newbies jump in behind the wheel in the Everglades and not only make it out alive, but without impacting the resource. My first time out into the park, barely made it to the end of the channel.Garmin missed the boat by not being compatible with this chip.

 

  • I bought the FMT chip in 2015 and FMT exchanged it for the new updated one last year. I live in Maryland and fish the keys every year. I now fish areas I would never have gone to without the chip. I used to have a Garmin and there chart wasn’t bad for Fl. bay but the stock Lowrance sucked. The FMT is in a league of it’s own. Well worth the price, don’t leave the dock without it.

 

  • I would strongly advise purchasing since you have a Navico unit as the mapping is much better than either Insight or Navionics platinum +. I have all three on my Simrad and the overlay is much clearer on the FMT maps not to mention the many proven routes it comes with. Well worth the investment especially if you run in shallow water.

 

  • I can state categorically that FMT’s tracks are extremely accurate and take into account the truly useful and safe routes through areas of the Keys and beyond that no one in their right mind would try and navigate without a tool such as this.

 

  • I have had the pleasure of navigating through channels with FMT at planing speeds through winding areas that only have about 6-8 feet on either side of the boat that are not 3-4 inches deep at low tide. Without these tracks, and a keen eye, it would be impossible! With the incredibly high resolution and definition encompassed in this program, there is nothing on the market that even comes close to the mapping characteristics, let alone the tracking and routing capabilities.

 

  • I have an NSS Evo 2 and there is zero load issue. I zoom in and out quite a bit because of the turns and cuts down here and it’s pretty flawless. FMT is a game changer.

 

  • In my area the Navionics earth overlay is very dark and patchy. The FMT maps made a world of difference and it comes with a ton of proven routes (especially for the Tampa Bay Area) marked with red lines that were tested using a flats boat at low tide.

 

  • I also fish the flats in and if navigation is important, then I would go with Simrad or Lowrance for the simple reason that they’re the two units compatible with mapping. I have a Simrad Evo2 and like it a lot. The FMT mapping was the best investment I’ve made when it comes to electronics. Navionics isn’t close when it comes to clarity of the satellite overlay. It also has proven that the owner has run at low tide. I fish an area that’s got a ton of rocks and oyster bars and it’s made a world of difference for me.

 

  • We have been running FMT on a Simrad Evo2 for the last few months. All I can say is wow! The charts are simply amazing and the tracks are dead on. You can get a 4 yr old to navigate from Islamorada to Flamingo. The chip and the customer service is second to none. Garmin, Navionics, etc. have nothing close to this kind of detail. Even the soundings 20 miles off shore are accurate. Simply an awesome product.

 

  • Second the suggestion to use FMT chip. Excellent product and much more detail and precision than others. The track feature in the Keys is incredible.

 

  • I sold my Raymarine to run the FMT chip on my skiff. Really unbelievable. Even has all the PVC stakes and signs and in the park it has all the park signs (like every one) and they are all noted with near to the foot accuracy. I don’t know how they did it but I tossed my Navionics in the desk and will probably never use it again. Works great in Homossassa, Biscayne Bay, and Indian River area too.

 

  • Lowrance  HDS-9 Gen3.  Love FMT.  Can’t imagine a plotter without it.  Used a few other options prior and no comparison. Getting ready to buy the north Florida chip.

 

  • Wouldn’t run the back country without it.

 

  • I will also vouch for FMT and simrad.  Put one on my skiff and it is insane.  What i love about the FMT is that as I travel through florida fishing in my boat, I have routes marked that are safe for passage. This was really helpful when I went to Cabbage Key and was running around a million oyster bars in an area I was completely unfamiliar. The chip allowed me to run infinitely more confident and the satellite image is out of this world. This was coming from a Garmin unit and an expensive chart chip.

 

  • I am just getting back from a week camping at Flamingo. I got a chance to really put the FMT chip through it’s paces. We were running 65 to 93 miles each day. We fished from outside the reef line in Islamorada during a day we decided to visit the keys and then all through Florida Bay, up the coast to Lostman’s and even a little on some gulf wrecks. It was very interesting comparing the FMT tracks to the routes I traditionally run. They were pretty much in agreement for everywhere I went in Florida Bay. Going up the coast from the Harney and north their tracks are far superior to my traditional trails in and out of those areas. Sticking with his tracks I was in good depths the entire time even on the lower ends of the tides. Some of my routes had me running aground from time to time and I don’t go up there enough to tweak the routes just right. Now I don’t have to, I will just follow his trails from now on. The satelite photo’s are far superior to the others I have used as well. For Florida Bay you can just use the photos and not really worry about the trails. Great product.

 

  • I am considering switching to a Simrad or Lowrance unit so I can use Florida Marine Tracks. The Garmin has been great but seriously lacks map detail in skinny water and often shows you on land when you are not.

 

  • Check out Florida Marine Tracks.  I have this chip and love it.

 

  • Look at getting a Simrad or a Lowrance. Then add ” Florida Marine Tracks – Florida-South Chip”.I haven’t seen anything with better map imaging.

 

  • While I’m here, I want to mention I’ll be posting as soon as I get a chance to make a presentation about the new Florida Marine Tracks charts…. I just did a 240 mile trip in my boat with them and I’m blown away.

 

  • I also fish the flats in Florida and if navigation is important, then I would go with Simrad or Lowrance for the simple reason that they’re the two units compatible with Florida Marine Tracks mapping. I have a Simrad Evo2 and like it a lot. The FMT mapping was the best investment I’ve made when it comes to electronics. Navionics isn’t close when it comes to clarity of the satellite overlay. It also has proven tracks that the owner has run at low tide. I fish an area that’s got a ton of rocks and oyster bars and it’s made a world of difference for me.

 

  • I fish all over biscayne, flamingo, the keys. I got my boat in 2014 and put a Garmin unit on it. Bad decision. I rely on my old tracks to get me around otherwise it’s a paperweight. One of these days I’ll cough up the $$$ and get a simrad unit.

 

  • Just purchased a Lowrance HDS Carbon 7 with a total scan transducer that I will thru-hull, also with the FMT chip. I bought the chip first and I went to a store and loaded it up on the Lowrance Carbon and it looked amazing. These chips have a lot of information. The Carbon units because of its dual core processor handled it with no problem. I also like super bright screen called solarmax so no problems seeing the screen in super bright condition without taking off your polarized sunglasses. Also like the feature of a Power Pole control right on the screen.I did the Navionics Ipad thing as a test. I launched out of Ports of the Islands on the west coast between Everglades City and Marco Island. Problem one: no GPS signal and Problem 2: the screen washed out in direct sunlight. No Bueno.

 

  • You will never get what you are looking for in SFL with the Navionics chip unless you use it offshore. I had that on my Raymarine. I used to have the Garmin and their map was worse. The photos are poor and/or missing and inshore you can’t navigate well with it unless you are in marked channels or ICW. So if you want all of the options to get from US1 to Flamingo, the Navionics will provide little to no practical insight. That is the untold truth with Navionics despite all the testominals you see from the paid TV endorsers on the fishing shows — you can’t navigate with it if you don’t know where you are going. For those that are very familiar it works a little better but as overall basic guide at best. If you are totally unfamiliar you could never figure out SFL with that product. That is just the truth. I tried and gave up. The app does not provide any more info and totally impractical for an open skiff. You need a chart plotter with a bright screen that is secure and can run the map that provides the detail you need.

 

  • Garmin has the worst mapping and detail on satellite imagery for FL.

 

  • Navionics is better than Garmin but the FMT charting and imagery is by far the best hands down for FL.

 

  • I have used my new card for two days now in a row. Very impressed. It’s right on the money. I can see a hole and then watch my depth finder drop. Unbelievable. I can see everything. Thanks. Well worth the money.

 

  • I bought the early release for S. Florida because the Keys section was done, and to tell the truth, it was so good, I wasn’t even going to get it updated (for free by the way for the early release version). But after I talked with them I was convinced to send it back for the update. They made some more improvements to the Keys section as well as finishing up the northern section.Turnaround time was 4 work days from mailing. The overlay photography just blows everything else away. It doesn’t take long to get used to all the options either. I’ve got mine on a Simrad 12 which has a fast processor and a quick scrolling/selector knob. There are a huge number of options for the overlays, but that’s what I like, so I can get rid of the clutter I don’t need at the time, but have quick access to it if and when I do want it. And it’s not like you to have to re-set it every trip anyhow unless you want to change something from the last setup.Those tracks in the screenshots posted above narrow way down as you zoom in so during normal use they are visable, but not distracting in the least. And if you don’t want them – just turn them off. With his chip, the only things that show are what you want to show. It ain’t like the Garmin chip when every time you move the view you get an annoying banner telling you all about the everglades that you can’t shut off.The better the GPS the better the imagery, and it is really, really good.

 

  • I also got the FMT chip and am extremely happy with it. I don’t fish the keys that much, but was down for a week and that chip made things so easy………just gives you tons of information at your fingertips and the confidence to know where you are going in unfamiliar places.

 

  • Yes I’m very happy with the FMT Chip. Definitely helps the learning curve and extremely nice to have when you go to new places. I highly recommend it.

 

  • FMT is the most accurate and up to date satellite imagery available to FL boaters. I own a Navionics Platinum chip and it’s satellite imagery is outdated junk compared to the FMT.

 

  • My FMT is  worth every freaking penny so far. When my other Lowrance kicked the bucket on my way down to the Key Largo Mini Rally, I decided it was time to buy a HDS7 and buy the FMT chart cards because Navionics was so horrible. Seriously, my navionics cards on my other boats say there’s a channel marker supposed to be there, but…nothing…and don’t even get me started on sandbars. I have been running the pre-mapped tracks on FMT since the beginning of July, and have not hit bottom once! HAHA! Seriously, though, I’ve been going to places I’ve never been, running more shallow than I ever have in my life, and no issues yet…which, I think is pretty damn amazing… Here is a very zoomed out view of Flamingo area and all the safe routes to run that are 1ft deep or better, and the imagery just gets better and better when you zoom in. All of these routes were ran by FMT, and every marker was checked to be in its exact location…even sticks marking channels.

J. Friedrich
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

I have been using the FMT Florida chip for a little over a year and am pleasantly surprised with the great improvement in navigation that the chip provides.  I primarily operate in Everglades National Park and the navigation routes are spot on. The Everglades can be a challenging shallow water environment, especially in the winter with the extreme negative tides.  It is always a challenge running where I like to  fish but I  am confident when running FMT navigating these difficult areas and FMT has never let me down.  I also like the fact that although the U.S. Coast Guard is removing their aids to navigation in the Park because they do not have funding to maintain them that the FMT chip has added value because it will display where the markers were formerly located helping me navigate in less than ideal conditons.

Recently, I found myself in the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge without a chart and iInserted my FMT chip and not only found navigation routes but also, with the imagery, I could locate grass flats and pot holes which opened up the trout and redfish  habitat. Thus, the chip can provide information not only for navigation but can locate prime fishing hotspots.

I’ve used other navigation and fishing chips, but nothing compares to FMT.

 

Capt. Pete Silot
Flamingo, FL

I’ve been fishing out of Flamingo at Everglades National Park for more than 30 years and  many of those were as a guide. I learned the place the hard way over a long time burning lots of gas and exploring so many of the seemingly endless creeks or mangroves.

Based on my experience running with and without FMT, I have found that Florida Marine Tracks provides navigation insight that for decades was closely guarded information.  Virtually all of the Tracks that I ran  and counted on for years are noted on the map and they enable me  to run from the boat ramp to the gulf protected from the 20-25 knots winds that normally would keep anglers from going fishing. And I like the fact that  the map has details that are important to me such as easy to see tracks, accurate marker and post locations, shortcuts, and even on the water campsites “Chickees.”  The average guy will tell you that navigating around S. FL shouldn’t be that hard to do with a good map/chart GPS. Well I for one can tell you that I’ve run many different navigation plotters with different maps and they all show me running on dry land when I am really running in a channel or creek and if they have photos, they are really poor photos that I couldn’t begin to try to interpret for most navigating purposes.

No other mapping company has clear hi res imagery like FMT and no other has taken the time to document navigation to such detail as FMT either.  It is very helpful in poor visibility conditions such as if you happen to be running in heavy rain, at night, in dense fog, or before sun up.  If you pay attention and use FMT properly you can have confidence you will not run aground.  And I like the fact that it helps protect the environment and also provides me some added insurance against the risk of losing a  lower unit.  Down here where I run, you can run over an island that was washed away years ago by natural erosion or by a hurricane and somehow FMT has incorporated all of that track insight.   I think everyone running around the Everglades could benefit from a Florida Marine Tracks Chip.  The FMT Chip has enabled me to run areas that are new to me with the same level of confidence as I have when I’m in my home waters of Everglades National Park.  It includes routes for Florida Bay, Whitewater Bay and the other Bays on the interior waterways of Everglades National Park.  FMT provides the missing piece to the Florida Keys navigation puzzle that so many boaters have been seeking for years.  I am glad it is now finally available.

Bryan George
Sarasota

I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Glenn on some of the track development, and the level of detail goes well beyond the expectations of even the most seasoned shallow water enthusiast. We have grounded the boats on more than one occasion in efforts to achieve a full understanding of the nuances of water depth, sandbars, channel markers, and to provide a safe passage to desired flats or channels where channel markers are supposed to be, but have long since deteriorated or moved over time.It really provides an extremely high level of confidence in the tracks that are positioned in very dicey areas, where no sensible person would venture without excellent local knowledge of the waters.

It really provides an extremely high level of confidence in the tracks that are positioned in very dicey areas, where no sensible person would venture without excellent local knowledge of the waters.There are plenty of tracks that venture through winding channels, that if one looks 20 feet to either side of the boat, one realizes that the depth of water at dead low tide is about 4 inches of depth. The tracks are so accurate, that one can navigate at planing speeds through these very treacherous areas of the keys with full confidence that if you are on the track, no matter the tide, a flats bay boat will navigate these very shallow waters in a safe manner.

There are plenty of tracks that venture through winding channels, that if one looks 20 feet to either side of the boat, one realizes that the depth of water at dead low tide is about 4 inches of depth. The tracks are so accurate, that one can navigate at planing speeds through these very treacherous areas of the keys with full confidence that if you are on the track, no matter the tide, a flats bay boat will navigate these very shallow waters in a safe manner.Additionally, the tracks are so comprehensive, that the ability to set route options for destinations depending on

Additionally, the tracks are so comprehensive, that the ability to set route options for destinations depending on tide, weather, or timing issues provides limitless options. There have been times when I have had to choose alternative routes based on weather conditions, and having a comprehensive menu of routes to choose from, makes one truly appreciate the system.\

I bring this up, thinking back on a trip with Glenn to the Marquesas where a sudden very severe storm came up, producing 38 knot winds and torrential rain for hours. Having to navigate back to Summerland Key through the islands in the narrowest of channels at low tide to avoid the heavy weather waters, the FMT system gave a complete confidence booster and level of assurance that all would be well.

I can’t express enough how much detail is provided in the FMT system, providing nuances in the imagery which is unparalleled in any existing navigation software.

Phil Plaskon
S. Florida

I have been using the FMT chip for 14 months now. I was introduced to this software down in the keys during a Marquesas fishing trip. I can say since I’ve spent my hard earned money on this product that there is no other product that I have ever seen that comes close to its detail of mapping and navigation aids.With that said during that outing to the

With that said during that outing to the Marquesas we left from Summerland key and drove ocean side down to Key West Harbor then out to the Marquesas a very long trip via boat. Since I was never there before it was virgin territory to me. Seeing is believing what’s on the screen in front of you as you run.   But as the day was winding down we made our way back to Key West Harbor thinking we were heading back but we stopped to fish into the night for Tarpon. So here we were at 10 pm pitch black and our only navigation was the FMT chip to get us back up to Summerland key in pitch black under the stars. Since I have never done this before and the areas are extremely shallow along the way we made our way back safely thru the narrows which doesn’t have much room for error even in the day time without hitting or running aground. That a true testament to how accurate these maps and tracks are.

I also fish over in the 10K area for years and have not ventured into certain areas due to lack of knowledge. With the FMT chip I now have the confidence and am able to explore and fish a whole new world of the Everglades Park I never knew.

Do yourself a favor and purchase this product. It’s the best map investment you’ll ever make.

Steve Grimes
Oklahoma

I’d like to give a shout out to you and your team for such a great job on your Florida Marine Track navigation chip.
We have been fishing the lower Keys out of Lower Sugarloaf Sound for the past several years. Each year we have been limited to predominately trips into the Atlantic along the well marked channels coming out into, and out of, Tarpon Creek.  But as all Keys guides and a lot of recreational fisherman know, due to wind and weather conditions, some days it is a much safer and easier trip into the gulf. We have had some harrowing adventures more than once as we had no safe existing tracks or routes, and we were constantly having to slow down, change routes, stop, and sometimes even run out of water in the extremely skinny waters of the back country. Getting into Marvin, Snipe, the Contents or even Johnston Channel was a challenging, white knuckle ride at best, and walking, dragging and pushing the boat out at other times.So, this year with our new Navico B&G 12 touch, and your FMT chip, we navigated back there like we actually knew what we were doing. Pick the location you want to go to, follow an FMT track, and go right to that location, on

So, this year with our new Navico B&G 12 touch, and your FMT chip, we navigated back there like we actually knew what we were doing. Pick the location you want to go to, follow an FMT track, and go right to that location, on plane, and safely. We spent less time getting to our spots, and getting back, and more time actually fishing.

We still watched the water depth and had to dodge the crab/lobster traps, but we learned to trust every track we chose to follow.    Even in the “use caution” areas and running in 1′ of water, we had no issues.

Markers seem to be perfectly placed, and our 22′ Pathfinder 2200V with a jackplate and a 150 VMax never touched bottom. The photos are incredibly detailed and a great aid to navigating the endless mangroves and islands.   Thanks again for a great product, and I highly recommend this incredible navigation chip, derived from years of personal exploration, to all boaters.

Steve G.

 

Mark Goldman
South Miami, FL

I have owned my FMT chip for about 8 months, and I am completely impressed every time I use it. The quality of the imagery is in a different league from others I have used, and the precision of the navigational markers is amazing – especially in ENP, as they have all been moved and corrected ( even the stakes are shown). FMT has allowed me access into areas I could never have gotten into any other way. A quick example – I was fishing a tiny creek near Boca Grande, and the water was very dark – so dark that you could not tell when you were in the channel or out of it – which was about 6 inches deep. The only way I navigated into it and out was by using the satellite imagery on the FMT chip – without it there would have been no way I possibly could have made it in.

 

The price is not inexpensive, but considering the amount of time that was put into it and the quality of what you are getting versus others – it is quite reasonably priced. If you ever want to fish other areas than those that you know well – it is an invaluable tool – there is really nothing quite like it.

Mani Pailer
Sarasota

I had 2 Garmin units that I liked over the last 6 years on my boats. This year I’ve let Hell’s Bay Boatworks build my “dream skiff”: a custom Marquesa.  I’ve spend months thinking about what’s the best setup for my new skiff.  I’ve tested every GPS unit at Westmarine over and over until I decided to go with the Simrad GO7. I hated the built-in Simrad map but thought that I would be fine with the Navionics Platinum Plus card fishing from Tampa Bay to the Everglades.  I found out pretty soon after testing the Platinum Plus card on the water that my iPhone with Google maps was better to navigate than the Navionics card. In a lot of areas where I was running my boat, the Navionics card pictures were blurry and I did not really feel safe because the details and map info were way off in many areas!  Bummer! I’m glad my fishing buddy told me about the Florida Marine Tracks cards.  It is a game changer!  I have finally found in FMT exactly what I wanted: perfect images on my Simrad unit and accurate tracks!  It looks like Google Maps but with navigation tracks. It’s priceless to be able to navigate safely in areas on the water where you have never been before. I highly recommend getting a FMT card.  My Simrad GPS unit only became as good after I added the FMT map and I’m very happy about my setup.

Mani Pailer
Sarasota, Florida