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Garmin BlueChart g2 HD and g2 Vision HD v2018 Chart Update (November 2017)

As of 22nd November 2017 Garmin released a new BlueChart update - v2018.5 (v20.0). At the same time a large number of charts were discontinued, some new chart titles were introduced with extended coverage and price changes took effect across the Garmin BlueChart range. Read on to discover and make sense of the Garmin BlueChart changes that took place in November 2017.

Garmin BlueChart Format Size Changes

The first big change with the new v2018.5 (v20.0) range of Garmin BlueCharts is Garmins' decision to reduce the number of BlueChart sizes you can purchase in the standard BlueChart g2 HD format. Prior to the new chart update being released it was possible to buy g2 HD charts in small, regular, large and extra large formats. Following the update it is now only possible to buy g2 HD charts in regular format only (see table below). Garmin BlueChart g2 Vision HD chart format sizes are unaffected.

What is the difference between BlueChart g2 HD and g2 HD Vision? Find out here.

The table below displays chart size (small, regular, etc), g2 HD or g2 Vision HD version and compares availability between the Old Chart with the New Chart - v2018.5 (v20.0).

   
  g2 HD g2 Vision HD   g2 HD g2 Vision HD

Bluechart size

Old Chart

Old Chart

 

New Chart

New Chart

Small Charts

Yes

Yes

 

No

Yes

Regular Charts

Yes

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Large Charts

Yes

Yes

 

No

Yes

Extra Large Charts

Yes

No

 

No

No

Garmin BlueChart UK/Europe New Titles

A number of Garmin BlueCharts have been discontinued (please see discontinued BlueChart section below for full list), many of these chart titles have been replaced by new charts with extended coverage.

The new v2018.5 (v20.0) Garmin BlueChart titles include:

Europe Atlantic Coast (g2 Vision HD only)
Baltic Sea, East Coast (g2 HD and g2 Vision HD)
Northern Europe (g2 Vision HD only)
Southern Europe (g2 Vision HD only)
Greenland (g2 HD and g2 Vision HD)

IMPORTANT: Following the BlueChart release in November 2017, the Europe Atlantic Coast, Northern Europe and Southern Europe large g2 HD Vision BlueCharts are not compatible with the following pre 2014 Garmin chartplotters:
GPSMAP 4x0 models - GPSMAP 420/420s, GPSMAP 450.
GPSMAP 5x0/5x1/5x6 models - GPSMAP 550/550s, GPSMAP 551/551s, GPSMAP 556/556s, GPSMAP 521/521s.
GPSMAP 7x0 models - GPSMAP 720, GPSMAP 750/750s.
GPSMAP 4xxx models - GPSMAP 4008, GPSMAP 4010, GPSMAP 4012.
GPSMAP 5xxx models - GPSMAP 5008, GPSMAP 5012, GPSMAP 5015.
GPSMAP 6xxx models - GPSMAP 6008, GPSMAP 6012.
GPSMAP 70xx/72xx models

In addition, the Garmin Europe Atlantic Coast, Northern Europe and Southern Europe large g2 HD Vision BlueCharts are not compatible with any of the latest Garmin handheld devices e.g. Garmin Montana 680t and Garmin GPSMAP 78/78s.

For these Garmin chartplotters you will need to buy either a Regular or Small BlueChart.

The most striking change for UK and Ireland users is the discontinuation of the popular HEU706L (g2 HD) and VEU706L (g2 Vision HD): Garmin BlueChart UK Ireland The Netherlands chart - as pictured below.

Coverage of Garmin BlueChart g2 HD UK and Ireland chart

This chart has now been replaced by a new g2 Vision HD ONLY chart VEU722L: Garmin BlueChart g2 Vision HD Europe Atlantic Coast with much wider coverage - as pictured below.

Coverage of Garmin BlueChart g2 Vision HD Europe Atlantic Coast chart


Garmin BlueChart UK/Europe Discontinued Titles

A number of Garmin BlueCharts have been discontinued and replaced by extended coverage large format BlueCharts.

The following large format Garmin BlueChart titles have been discontinued by Garmin:

UK and Ireland
‣France
‣Iberian Peninsula, Azores and Canaries
‣Mediterranean Sea
‣East Mediterranean and Black Sea
‣Skagerrak-Denmark-Germany
‣Sweden South
‣Sweden East snd Gulf of Finland
‣Finland
‣Mediterranean West
‣Mediterranean, Central
‣Norway


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