"Plotter Sync is a neat setup," says McGowan. "SeaTalk already had the ability to move routes and waypoints, so we opened up the code to Navionics to develop the charting engine." The router is nothing special; it's the same kind you'd use at home, so it needs a dry place to reside in your boat. "Look for Open WRT on the box or the specs," says McGowan. "About any router you pick up from Best Buy will do the job."
Chris Gatley, Navionics' northeast sales manager, worked overtime all spring installing Wi-Fi routers to enable Plotter Sync and watched anglers take to it enthusiastically — even the late or non-adopters. Fact is, it is especially useful for fishermen. "It makes it easy to transfer information to the plotter," he says. "That's important when you're loading up the boat for an offshore run at 3 or 4 in the morning. We have other things to do besides enter routes and waypoints in the plotter. This transfers the information while you are setting up rods and loading ice and gear so it is there when you need it, once you are on your way to the fishing grounds." It's the beginning of a new way of dealing with chart data.