After unzipping a NOAA raster chart download from and copying all its .KAP files to a sub-folder under ..\Documents\Fugawi\Maps you may import the NOAA raster charts into Fugawi 4.5. Start up Fugawi 4.5 and click Maps | Map Tools | Import | BSB... , navigate to the appropriate sub-folder under ..\Documents\Fugawi\Maps, click Select All and OK.


March 9, 2018

The microSD card's write-protect notch is set to forbid any files being written to the card; push the notch up to enable writing files to the media card. Then use Lighthouse Manager again to start downloading files to that card.


January 15, 2016

Preferably, launch MacENC out of the Finder's Application section where it has been formally installed. Doing otherwise is confusing and may not present the data you expect.


April 28, 2016

Click File | Chart Manager; then click to open any Navionics related folder listed; and then select a Navionics chart region for viewing.


September 19, 2016

Re-launch Lighthouse Manager, carefully confirm the email and password input into the app, try again to download charts. If an error messages continues, contact


July 21, 2016

Various third party apps are available for Android and iOS that present NMEA data in various ways. Consult the makers of given software apps for details and support on configuring their app. Feedback from customers is appreciated on other apps or the limitations of the ones listed.


February 1, 2016

This article presents one of several possible configurations for getting NMEA 2000 engine data on to an Android or iOS tablet.


February 1, 2016

The button "Add ENC Catalog" button was pressed incorrecty; the Add Folder button should have been clicked and then points at the folder containing Navionics .NV2 chart files.


April 28, 2016

Fugawi 4.5 series software needs to be run in Admistrative / Administrator mode to complete some tasks. Often Activation fails unless the software launches in admin mode.


June 5, 2018

If the software is having difficulty automatically determining which COM ports to use, this article explains how to deduce the correct COM port number on a Windows computer by examining Device Manager.


June 9, 2016

Two typical causes for this sequence of errors: the chart download destination is not correct and/or a chart subscription needs technical review.


June 22, 2016

A limitation of current software packages in the Mac OS X ecosystem: there is no way to import Navionics charts from media card. But they can be downloaded... read on...


July 27, 2016

The Fugawi 4.5 menu Settings | Autoload is for switching from raster chart to chart as one goes over the edge of a given chart. But adjacent charts may have radically different scales, so both the Auto Scale and Preserve Scale menu options are available to compensate. Automatic scaling enables lets the software load the adjacent chart / map file of the largest scale chart available in the Map Library as the GPS position moves into an area with more detailed coverage. And the preserved mode scaling allows the software to make a more nuanced choice of the adjacent chart / map to load up, with more care taken for maintaining a similar scale to the original chart being left behind.

Fugawi 4.5 Settings > Autoload menu options


July 26, 2016

The list of what chart plotters are compatible versus which legacy plotters are no longer compatible changes from month to month, so no absolutely definitive list can be presented that is valid at all times. However, some general remarks can be made.


July 28, 2016

The Google Earth plug-in was always an experimental option, not officially a part of Fugawi 4.5 software and it was never included in Fugawi Marine 5. Over the years, changes to how Google Earth functions in Windows finally made the Google Earth plug-in incompatible and completely unavailable.


March 8, 2018

Files of type .RXK, .RX5, .R01, .R02 may be deleted from a media card with Lighthouse charts in order to ensure a fresh start from zero on a new download attempt.


July 6, 2016

Fugawi no longer authors new software for Windows or updates legacy Windows software titles. There are no upgrades we offer for legacy Windows PC software products.


January 8, 2019

Use only a completely new activation process after a re-install of the Fugawi software. Discard all old notes you have on hardware codes and a previously used manual activation code.


June 18, 2018