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Old 13 March 2006, 15:06   #1
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Garmin 178c chartplotter

Our new boat is coming with a Garmin 178c plotter flush mounted on the boat console. Is there any way of planning routes at home on my PC and then transferring them to the chartplotter or will they need to be manually entered on the boat?
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Old 13 March 2006, 15:28   #2
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You will need to buy charts for your chartplotter anyway. If you are planning to use just the base maps then its kindo of similar to buying a car and not putting tyres on it. a waste of money.

around 100 will get you a pre programmed datacard (less if you buy second hand) If you go down the pre programmed route then you cannot do your planning on your PC.

If you want to plan on your PC you need to buy mapsource Bluechart CD-ROM, a garmin datacard programmer and a blank data card. (suggest about 32MB but 16 will do for a couple of maps). This will obviously set you back alot more money but you can then load up[ your blank card with the maps of your area - then when you want to do some route planning take the card into the house plan your route using the map source software then when youve done it save it to the card. You can even create the route first and the software will automatically put the necessary charts on the card for the route youve planned.

there are other options that are not strictly legal but will still envolve purchasing a card programmer and a card reader and at least a pre prgrammed card as well and buy the time you have bought those you may aswell go legit and get an official mapsource CD with an unlock code.

If you need anymore info just Ask as i have gone through all this the hard way my self with the exact same plotter... (its a great little unit by the way - good choice)
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Old 13 March 2006, 15:35   #3
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Thankyou. Any ideas how much it will cost to go the latter route and if I don't is it easy to plan routes on the boat itself?
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Yes its quite easy to plan the route on the boat using the plotter but no where near as quick - you have to scroll around the chart with the arrow keys instead of the mouse and its a real pain naming the waypoints with the arrows instead of your pc's keyboard. not to mention if the weather is not nice you have to be sat on your boat typically at night the day before you go in the cold in your driveway.

Theres a programmer and 128MB card going on ebay now - not many bids on it yet. I got mine for about 60 for the a similar thing - you might get lucky http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...ADME:B:EF:UK:1

The bluechart software will set you back between 100 from ebay to around 140 from a uk retailer. Do a google search for "Atlantic Bluechart" version 7.5 is the latest release...
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Thanks. I think I will start bidding
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ahhhhh - dont bid - all you will do is push the price up.

know what you are prepared to pay and wait until the auction has about 20 or 30 seconds left to go...

then put in a bid for the max amount you will pay - ebay will automatically only bid the lowest amount to win the auction.

this way you dont give anyone any chance to outbid you.

this is now unfortunately common practise on ebay and has been coined "sniping"

if you dont join the snipers they will beat you everytime.
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..version 7.5 is the latest release...
Version 8 is now shipping.

http://www.garmin.com/unlock/update.jsp
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also - one more thing - if you are buying Atlantic blue chart on eBay - watch out for second hand as you are only allowed to unlock 2 devices.

and also watch out for upgrades being disguised as the full product. I'm sure a few have been caught by that - search the page for the word upgrade in case its in tiny writing somewhere.
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nice to see we use the same tactics, i look forward to jousting on an item we are both interested in, my record is bidding with 1 s to go, bit risky!
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ahhhhh - dont bid - all you will do is push the price up.

know what you are prepared to pay and wait until the auction has about 20 or 30 seconds left to go...

then put in a bid for the max amount you will pay - ebay will automatically only bid the lowest amount to win the auction.

this way you dont give anyone any chance to outbid you.

this is now unfortunately common practise on ebay and has been coined "sniping"

if you dont join the snipers they will beat you everytime.
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also - one more thing - if you are buying Atlantic blue chart on eBay - watch out for second hand as you are only allowed to unlock 2 devices.
Are you sure about that, roycruse. I have never registered my bluechart software. It is the unlock code for a chart region that is registered and this is limited to be registered for use in two units.
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