Given the massive inroads that user-generated cartography has made, this technology clearly represents the path forward for high-resolution, boater-
specific charts, but there’s a finicky missing link: an MFD’s inability to go online outside of Wi-Fi. Navionics has created a mobile-device software link that creates a seamless connection between a cellular-enabled mobile device and a yacht’s MFD. “Manufacturers are building Wi-Fi into their MFDs, but to go [online] is challenging,” says Navionics founder Giuseppe Carnevali, referring to typically sluggish marina Wi-Fi speeds. “But if you use [our] mobile-device link, the MFD syncs with the phone, and the phone syncs with the cloud.” As of this writing, Raymarine is the only MFD manufacturer providing this feature, but Navionics has offered this software technology to all MFD manufacturers.