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Do i need to buy maps to use with the unit?

Hi there folks, i was wondering if i have to buy extra maps in order to be able to use this unit properly? I use it now with what only came with it. I would love to have some marine maps for the atlantic areas like newfoundland. Do i have to buy it or can i download it somewhere for free. Or do i just use it as it is now. hope someone can inform me on this matter due to not being able to ever get to talk to tech support at Magellan ever. Thanx again,,,,,,Darren

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Check out they make free maps for the explorist and triton. I've downloaded the Vancouver and Edmonton areas' and they seem to be working fine, use at your own risk though. If you don't see the area you want they will produce that area if requested!

Of course Magellan has all sort of maps, for the right price of course! Or you could do a web search and look for older compatable maps.

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Unfortunately Nextar does not offer an update for your unit. See units with available updates below.

Map Upgrades for GPS:

The below units are upgradable with the Navi Extra maps.
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