More specifically, adding them to chartplotters. Not a question most will have had to worry about as everything you buy in the UK seems to come with UK charts preloaded, but nothing will have Falklands charts on, so I will need to add them.
I really want a Garmin GPSmap 551s due to the dual plotter/sonar function, but I'm wondering what you actually get with the Garmin chart card which apparently covers about half of S America, seems like a lot of stuff on a little SD card ... or sh&te charts!
The plotters on our company's launches are Eagle Intellimap and use Navionics chart cards, so I know these are decent quality for this region because I've seen them. The plotter is discontinued anyway, but it doesn't have sonar so no use to me and I don't really want to spend north of about £500 on it.
First question: Does anybody know if you can use Navionics chart cards in a Garmin plotter? I think probably not, but not sure?
Second question: has anybody got the Garmin South America chart card in any sort of plotter, and seen what is provided on it? If you believe the bumph on the website, you get 3D aerial views, subsea views, names of all the fish, what colour the sand is and God knows what else, but I don't believe any of that stuff will be available for the Falklands.
I don't particularly want all the extra detail - but I do want a decent version of the Admiralty charts and not something that looks like it has been drawn on an Etch-a-Sketch and bears no resemblance to the actual coastline. The chart cards are quite expensive so I am really looking for some reassurance that the Garmin charts for this part of the world are decent quality (may be a few years old - that is normal) and that I won't end up with a plotter that is completely useless because all the charts are rubbish.
If anybody has a Garmin covering this part of the world and can look up a waypoint, 51d41'30" South, 57d49'0" West would be a good one, that's in the harbour here. Screen shot would be even better