Mexico Marine Charts - Pacific Mexico by Blue Latitude

Raster charts of popular marina and harbors plus overview planning chart

USD $29.99

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Blue Latitude Press

Pacific Mainland Mexico — Using the most up to date information available and their own surveys, Blue Latitude Press has created the most complete set of charts for the anchorages and harbors most visited by boaters along Mexico's stunning mainland Pacific coast.

In an area where the charts can be nearly a mile off, these WGS84 accurate charts are a welcome addition to any mariner's electronic chart table.

Derived from their best selling guidebook, Pacific Mexico: A Cruiser's Guidebook, this set includes all of the popular harbors and anchorages from Mazatlan to Bahias de Huatulco, including San Blas, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Zihuatanejo, Acapulco and everything in between.

 

These digital raster charts are for use with Windows®, MacOS®, iOS®, or Android® software including:

  • OpenCPN
  • iNavX™ app for iPad™ and iPhone™ with iOS 8 or higher
  • iNavX™ app for Android™ smartphone, Android tablets, with OS 4.3 or higher
  • PathAway for Android™ app for Android tablets and smartphones
  • GPSNavX
  • MacENC
  • Fugawi Marine 5™ (legacy software)
  • Fugawi Marine ENC 4.5™ (legacy software)
  • Fugawi Global Navigator™ (legacy software)

 

How to download and view these Blue Latitude charts

  1. If necessary, purchase compatible software (listed above) and update it to the most current version.
  2. If not already done, purchase (or renew) this chart subscription into your Fugawi.com account using any up-to-date web browser on any computer or device.
  3. Download the charts inside the compatible software, as per the instructions in the software-specific sections below:

 

OpenCPN for Windows, MacOS, Linux, and Android devices

Summary: see OpenCPN tab to right ► ► ► for full illustrated details.

  1. Install the free Fugawi plugin for OpenCPN on a Windows, MacOS, or Linux computer.
       or
    For Android devices use the Play Store utility to search by the phrase "Fugawi Charts plugin" and examine the plugin's information page. Tap Install, Accept, Skip (if a payment profile appears), Open.
  2. Under OpenCPN's Options | Plugins menu, select the row for Fugawi Charts and click the Enable button. 
  3. Select the Fugawi Charts tab, click Refresh Chart LIst and, when prompted, log into your Fugawi.com account.
  4. Select a Blue Latitude chart subscription to activate. Click Activate Selected Chartset then click Install Selected Chartset and select an appropriate folder to store the chart files.
  5. Return to the world basemap, pan to the general region of Mexico. The newly downloaded chart's outline boundaries are shown as thin red rectangles for you to zoom in on.

 

iNavX 5 for iOS 8 or higher on iPad + iPhone

  1. Starting on any chart screen (ex. world map), tap the upper-left corner menu Charts | Account 
    (or, equivalently, More... tab | Account).
  2. Enter your Fugawi.com account's Email + Password; tap Login. Tap OK to the Success dialog box, else check your password input if a Forbidden box appears.
  3. On the My Charts tab, select this Blue Latitude chart title.
    Note: Ignore the Store tab and the MoreRestore Purchases menu in this context unless you bought this chart as an iNavX in-app purchase from the iTunes Store.
  4. Tap Download Chart List; answer Yes to the prompts.
    Note: After the first download, this option becomes Refresh Chart List. Tap the refresh option to clear away all charts and then proceed to download any revised chart file version that may be available.
  5. A list of charts is presented. Tap on either... 
    1. ... any desired single chart name; answer Yes to the download prompt. Or tap the secondary option to Download all of Blue Latitude... to get a batch download of all charts in the collection.
          OR
    2. ... Quilted Charts and then zoom in on the (initially) small geographical region outline of this chart collection, progressively zooming and panning into whatever area of chart coverage is available. Anything downloaded is cached for later offline usage.

► For iNavX related questions, study www.inavx.com/help or email ios-support@inavx.com.

 

iNavX 1 for Android OS 4.3 or higher on tablet + smartphone

  1. Starting on any chart screen (ex. world map), tap the more options tab ( ... ) in the lower right corner. Then select Account.
  2. Enter your Fugawi.com account's Email + Password; tap Login.
  3. You will be returned to a list of waypoints and routes (if any) stored on your Fugawi.com account. Get back to the iNavX home screen by pressing the Back    hardware button.
  4. Tap the Charts button on the bottom-center of the home screen.
  5. From the list of chart vendors, select this Blue Latitude chart title.
  6. When prompted to activate the chart subscription, tap Yes.
  7. A list of charts is presented. Tap on either... 
    1. ... any desired single chart name. A green progress circle indicates the download of the chart file, completing in a check mark. Then you tap the chart item again to view it.
          OR
    2. ... Quilted Charts and then zoom in on the (initially) small geographical region outline of this chart collection, progressively zooming and panning into whatever area of chart coverage is available. Anything downloaded is cached for later offline usage.

► For iNavX related questions, study www.inavx.com/help or email android-support@inavx.com

 

PathAway Pro (version 6.03.05.04 or higher) for Android

  1. In PathAway Pro tap the main menu | Maps | Import | Fugawi/X-Traverse Maps. 
    If prompted to login, change from the PathAway account to Fugawi/X-Traverse, enter your Email and Password login information (same as your Fugawi.com login) and tap Login.
  2. After a pause for downloading a list of in-subscription chart titles, examine the drop-down list and select this Blue Latitude chart title.
    Tip: If No Maps is the only drop-down list item, it may help to do this: tap on 
    the main menu | Settings | My Accounts; tap Logout, re-select Fugawi/X-Traverse as the service, re-enter your account Email and Password, tap LoginFinally, return to Maps | Import and refresh the drop-down list.
  3. Tap the Activate Product option and answer Yes to the confirmation prompt.
  4. From the fetched list of individual charts, select one.
    Tip: To multi-select, tap the Select button in the lower left corner; then check mark along the right-hand edge all individual charts to be downloaded.
  5. A pop-up dialog appears; tap the Download Map option.
Going forward, view any chart by tapping Maps | Custom Maps, select any chart name with a check mark beside it; from the pop-up dialog, tap Show.

For PathAway Android questions beyond chart downloading via Fugawi.com service, post your question to the PathAway Android support forum at pathaway.com/forum.

 

MacENC and GPSNavX -- via NavX app for MacOS

Downloading is done with a free app, then MacENC or GPSNavX is directed to the folder where the charts reside.

Quick summary

Download, install and run the NavX app (direct download from http://files.gpsnavx.com/NavX.dmg). Enter your Fugawi.com email + password in Account; click Activate Products to select MacENC or GPSNavX and to select a target download folder. Click Activate to download the charts files. Start up the charting software and point its Chart Manager at the chart folder.

Download instructions in detail

  1. From http://gpsnavx.com/navx-for-mac click the NavX Download link. A DMG (disk image) file saves to the Mac's desktop or downloads folder.
  2. Click the navx.dmg to mount and open it. Then click the NavX package to install the app, accepting all the defaults of the installer.
  3. In the Mac's Finder, click Applications | NavX.
  4. Click the Account button and enter your Fugawi.com account's Email and Password.
  5. Click the Activate Products button.
  6. When prompted for your charting software, select MacENC or GPSNavX, which ever one you have.
  7. From the Products drop-down list, select this Blue Latitude title and click the Activate button.
  8. Select a folder on the hard drive (preferably under Documents | Charts) into which the chart files are to be saved.
    • Usage tip: As you browse down nested hard drive folders, use slow single clicks to navigate the folder structure; a fast double-click will force the app to select a folder you may not have intended.
    • Another tip: Before committing to a target folder to hold the chart files, you may temporarily use Finder to navigate to Documents, click File | New Folder, name the folder as you like.
    • Important: Do not select a folder already containing a different chart collection's files. This Blue Latitude collection of chart files must be in its own unique folder -- unless you are updating this very same Blue Latitude collection, in which case answer Yes to the confirmation prompt for replacing existing files.
  9. Confirm the activation of this product.
    • Note: Activating the chart files to this single computer means simply copy / paste of files to other computers will never allow success use of the charts on that other computer.
  10. NavX lists each chart file as they download, one by one. If any download errors are listed, run the NavX app again and try the chart download again. Only failed file downloads will be attempted again.
  11. In the Finder, click Applications | MacENC.
  12. In MacENC, click File | Chart Manager | Add Chart Folder... and browse to the download folder containing the charts.
    For GPSNavX, the final steps are similar except chart management is done under the Preferences menu.

For technical assistance with MacENC or GPSNavX involving software activation, navigation menus, waypoint and route management, interfacing with NMEA hardware, etc. consult support@macenc.com or support@gpsnavx.com.

 

Fugawi Marine 5

  1. For first time setup, click the menu File | Settings | Connections tab. Enter your Fugawi.com E-mail and case-sensitive Password. Click OK to save.
  2. Click Charts | Download X-Traverse Charts. Select this Blue Latitude chart title and click OK. A one-time chart optimizing process takes a few minutes.
  3. Click Charts | Open Chart | X-Traverse | Blue Latitude {chart title} to select individual charts for viewing.
    Note: if Fugawi Marine 5 has automatically quilted together this chart collection, select the top-most "all charts" entry to view a seamlessly connected all-scales quilted version of these charts.

For questions about Fugawi Marine 5 beyond issues of chart and weather forecast downloads, contact software@fugawi.com. Support is limited for this retired software.

 

Fugawi 4.5

  1. Click Maps | Manage X-Traverse Maps; login if prompted with your Fugawi.com Email and Password.
  2. From the list of chart subscriptions select this Blue Latitude chart title and click Activate.
  3. Click Maps | Open Maps | Fugawi X-Traverse Maps | Blue Latitude {chart title}.
  4. Click on any chart name to download or right-click and select to download all charts in the collection.

For support beyond the chart download process, contact software@fugawi.com and specify use of either Fugawi Global Navigator 4.5 or Fugawi Marine ENC 4.5.

 

OpenCPN for Windows, MacOS, Linux
  
(see notes for OpenCPN for Android at the bottom of this page)

Adapt the instructions below for your operating system. Slight differences are present in how to download charts in Windows vs. MacOS vs Linux

  1. If necessary, update OpenCPN to at least verison, 4.8.4 being the required minimum version.

  2. Download the Fugawi plugin from the OpenCPN plugins page at:

         https://opencpn.org/OpenCPN/plugins/fugawi.html

  3. Install the Fugawi plugin, clicking Continue and accepting default install options.

    Tip #1: On MacOS, press the Apple command key ⌘ while right-clicking the Fugawi plugin package / installer; and from the right-click context menu, select Open. This should avoid MacOS Gatekeeper from disabling this web downloaded app.
    Tip #2: On Windows, a typical anti-malware security utility may need to be adjusted to un-quarantine the plugin installer and/or permit installation of the plugin. Consult the security utility's Help resources for more information.
    Tip #3: On Linux systems, a get-app command line may be needed for installation. See the generalized Linux plugin help page.

  4. Launch OpenCPN.

  5. Find the Plugins section...

    • Windows OpenCPN full menu path is ToolsOptions | Plugins (or click the Options toolbar icon).

    • MacOS OpenCPN menu is OpenCPN | Preferences | Plugins

      OpenCPN Plugin for Fugawi

  6. Select the Fugawi plugin from the list of all plugins and click the Enable button.
    The button changes to Disable in case you need to do OpenCPN plugin troubleshooting in the future.

  7. Click the Charts section and select the Fugawi Charts tab.

    Fugawi Charts tab of OpenCPN tools charts menu

  8. Click the Refresh Chart List button.

  9. When prompted, login with your Fugawi.com email + password and click OK.

  10. A list of all chart subscriptions appears, both new / unactivated and previously downloaded. Select a desired chart subscription sub-titled as Status: Ready for Activation Request.

  11. Click the Activate Selected Chartset button.

  12. Answer Yes to the prompt confirming activation. Click OK after the activation succeeds.

  13. Click the Install Selected Chartset button.

  14. When prompted, browse to and select any folder on your hard drive used as a general repository of charts. Your hard drive's folder path names will vary.
    The browsing dialog has an option to create a new parent folder for all your charts, if you need it.

    In the example illustration below, a Windows computer has a general folder for all OpenCPN charts and, beneath it, a few sub-folders of various chartsets. In Windows OpenCPN, the OpenCPN charts parent folder is selected with a click of the Select Folder button; on MacOS OpenCPN the selection is completed with the Open button.


     

  15. Wait as the chart files download. Click OK when complete.

  16. From the Chart Files tab, select the folder containing the downloaded chart files. The folders are automatically named according to the Fugawi product code -- which you should not edit. However, you may nest a given Fugawi chart folder under another sub-folder with an appropriate name describing the geographic area of the chart product. 

  17. Click Apply. The various charts in the chartset are analyzed by OpenCPN and prepared for a mutli-scale quilted view. This usually takes several seconds, possibly longer depending on the number of chart files,

  18. The world base map view represents the new collection of charts with thin red boundaries rectangles / polygons. Pan and zoom as necessary to view the quilted charts at a desirable scale. See the section below for tips on how to get the best view of the charts.

 

Basics about viewing the charts

An initial chart chosen by OpenCPN appears: it may be a world basemap or a previously viewed chart. Zoom in / out, pan around as desired. If the initial view is red outline rectangles only, use the menu Shift to Smaller Scale Chart (also invoked by the F8 function key) to see the actual chart graphics.

Tip #4 : Depending a chartset's properties, you may find it helpful to increase or decrease how soon a fine detailed local scale chart visually emerges out of a larger area yet lower detail chart. Do this in Tools (Preferences in MacOS) | Display | Advanced | Chart Zoom / Scale Weighting. Or simply press the keyboard letter D to bring the slider control over the current chart. Experiment with the slider setting for each chartset to get what you perceive as the best balance of clarity versus density of chart objects.
OpenCPN display advanced settings for chart viewing, particularly scale weighting

Tip #5: The "Chart Piano" control (keyboard toggle: CTRL + B or Apple-logo + B), a thin horizontal strip of buttons representing individual charts along the lower border of screen, may be used for:

  • Click selecting a single chart out of the larger collection, with the single chart centered by default.
  • Mouse hovering over a button to examine the corresponding chart's informaton: drive storage path, scale ratio, projection 

 


OpenCPN for Android

The look and operational features of OpenCPN are remarkably similar across the platforms of Android and computer-based OpenCPN installations. However, installing both the OpenCPN software and the Fugawi Charts plugin is line with all typical apps from the Google Play Store. Take note of these points:

  • The authentic OpenCPN for Android in the Google Play Store has author name "Dave Register" and has a modest price for purchase. Buy and install this first using the Play Store app on your Android device.
    Additional notes:
    • Fugawi technical support does not provide a walk-through on the basic consumer topic of buying and installing apps. Google has generalized Help references on buying and installing apps.
    • You may perform a side-install from a computer via USB cable but this is generally more complicated, so we recommend using the standard Google Play mechanism for buying, and downloading / installing the app.
    • Do not install free OpenCPN variants for Android because these are not compatible with the Fugawi Charts Plugin.
  • The Fugawi Charts Plugin for OpenCPN in the Google Play Store also has author name "Dave Register" and it is free. Install this companion app using the Play Store utility on your Android devce. The sequence is:
    1. In the Play Store's search box, enter the phrase "Fugawi Charts plugin" and examine the appropriate search result.
    2. On the Fugawi Charts Plugin store page, tap Install.
    3. Tap Accept.to confirm what resources the plugin app has access to within your device.
    4. If prompted for payment information or a redeem code, tap Skip.
    5. Wait as the download / install proceeds.
    6. Tap Open.
    7. In the app that launches, tap Install Fugawi Charts Plugin.
    8. After several seconds, OpenCPN is launched with the plugin included. Just like OpenCPN on a computer, enter the Options menu | Plugins, find the Fugawi Charts plugin row and tap the Enable button.
      Tip: On a typical Android smartphone, the Plugins section may be hidden behind and to the right of other software controls and tabs. If you rotate the screen to wide landscape mode, the Plugins should become visible.

 

 


► For OpenCPN related questions, study the documentation manuals and/or OpenCPN forums.

► For help with chart selection, purchasing process, and downloads contact charts@fugawi.com. However, it is outside Fugawi's scope of support to offer assistance with OpenCPN display preferences, tool use, data transfers, hardware interfacing, regular navigation and planning operations of the software, etc.

MacENC and GPSNavX

  1. From http://gpsnavx.com/navx-for-mac click the NavX Download link. A DMG (disk image) file saves to the Mac's desktop or downloads folder. 
     
  2. Click the navx.dmg to mount and open it. Then click the NavX package to install the app, accepting all the defaults of the installer.




     
  3. In the Mac's Finder, click Applications | NavX.


     
  4. In NavX, click the Account button and enter your Fugawi.com account's Email and Password. Click Save.


     
  5. Click the Activate Products... button.


     
  6. When prompted to indicate your charting software, select MacENC or GPSNavX -- which ever one you have.
     
  7. From the Product drop-down list, select a desried chart title. Then click the Activate button.


     
  8. Select a folder on the hard drive (preferably under Documents | Charts or similar) into which the chart files are to be saved.

    • Tip #1: As you browse down nested hard drive folders, use slow single clicks to navigate the folder structure; a fast double-click will force the app to select a folder you may not have intended.
    • Tip #2: Before committing to a target folder to hold the chart files, you may temporarily use Finder to navigate to Documents, click File | New Folder, name the folder as you like.
    • Important: Do not select a folder already containing a different chart collection's files. This Blue Latitude collection of files must be in its own unique folder -- unless you are updating this very same nv charts collection, in which case answer Yes to the confirmation prompt for replacing existing files.
       
  9. Confirm the activation of this product.

    • Note: Activating the chart files to this single computer means they are copy protected. Therefore, a simple copy / paste of files to a different computer will never allow successful use of the charts on that other computer.
       
  10. NavX lists each chart file as they download, one by one. If any download errors are listed, run the NavX app again and try the chart download again. Only failed file downloads will be attempted again.
     
  11. In the Finder, click Applications | MacENC or GPSNavX -- which ever one applies.
     
  12. In MacENC, click File | Chart Manager | Add Chart Folder... and browse to the download folder containing the charts.
    For GPSNavX, the final steps are similar except chart management is done under the Preferences menu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I change my device or computer, can I get these charts again on the replacement hardware?
A: Each chart purchase comes with two subscriptions for downloading and updating chart files for two target devices or computers. Assuming at least one chart subscription is within licensed time range, contact charts@fugawi.com for advice on how to get a fresh new download to a replacement device or computer. There is no method of making a device-to-device direct transfer of chart files, copying and pasting files between computers will fail, and restoring from an external backup drive or cloud backup service will not be successful either. A fresh download of chart files from the Fugawi.com service is the only effective means of getting charts on the next device / computer.

Q: What happens at the end of the subscription? May I continue to use the charts?
A: After a 365 day subscription concludes, all charts you have downloaded remain accessible as normal, no charts disappear. However, when the subscription ends you are no longer able to download chart updates with revised navigation data, and no longer able to re-download chart files in case of a device memory reset or drive re-format. Renew the subscription if you wish on your Fugawi.com account's My Products page.

Q: Do the chart files get delivered by web URL download link or shipped out on DVD disc?
A: No, the one and only way of getting the charts is from within the compatible software; see the Features web page of this product. As for charts on CD or DVD disc, this is rapidly becoming like asking for data on 1980s 5.25 inch floppy discs or ancient Egyptian papyrus scrolls. Downloads are better: just dive into the instructions and you will surely figure out how to download the charts. We are standing at charts@fugawi.com if you need help with potential error messages, confusion over menu options, etc.

Q: Can I use these charts on other software not specifically listed as compatible?
A: No. Fugawi.com's chart download service targets particular software designed for these chart downloads.

Q: Is always-on Internet needed to use these charts?
A: After downloading singlet raster charts, no further Internet connection is required; the chart file exist independently within the navigation software on your computer / device. Quilted charts, however, need an Internet connection to fetch a given chart area and scale when viewed for the first time. 

Q: How does GPS positioning data work with the software and charts?
A: To see your boat's position on the chart in real-time some kind of GPS data source is needed whether that be a USB plug-in GPS for a computer, or a Bluetooth wireless GPS for a tablet, or similar GPS hardware alternatives. If you are not sure if your computer or device has GPS, download any free GPS location aware software and see if they respond to your present position; better yet, study the hardware specifications of your particular model of computer / device. By the way, there is no required relationship between Internet access (ex. via Wi-Fi or cellular networks) and GPS, though often the best Assisted-GPS solutions leverage both actual GPS satellite data as well as trianglulation based position data from cell towers, Wi-Fi Hotspots, and so on.

Q: How do I know which individual chart to pull up as I approach the edge of a presently navigated chart?
A: Some software has quilted chart features which allow seamless access of the charts at all scales -- though this requires a persistent Internet connection while downloading quilted charts at a given scale for the first time (ex. iNavX offers a chart list option for Quilted Charts — tap it and then zoom in to the broad scale outline of the chart collection's boundaries). Other software may not have reliable auto-load adjacent chart functions. If necesary, return to the chart list and choose the next chart based on the geographic names or chart numbers; or view a large scale overview chart that includes outlines of inset charts of a smaller scale that may be selectable for viewing.

Q: If a chart list is refreshed (i.e. old charts deleted in preparation for downloading new chart files) do all my waypoints and routes and tracks get deleted too?
A: Waypoints, routes, and tracks are a different kind of data that "floats" over any type of chart of a given area, and such data resides in memory quite separate from chart files. So, no, when you get rid of a chart this has zero affect on waypoints, routes, and tracks. This includes any specialized Blue Latitude data you may have imported in the past.

Q: Can I move waypoints and routes placed on a chart between different software such as Fugawi Marine 5, iNavX, and others?
A: Yes. Your Fugawi.com account includes Cloud storage. Software such as iNavX or Fugawi Marine 5 has import and export options that leverage Fugawi.com storage. You may also email exported GPX files between computers / devices and then use saved email attachments as file targets for importing into various software.