Originally Posted by Peter J
I have just got a boat with a Garmin 182 (black and white) already installed on it and I'm trying to work out how to use it.
I've read as many threads as I can find on here about the Blue Chart and the tide stations.
Should I buy the blue chart data card to go direct in to the unit or get the CD ROM? If I get the CD ROM am I right in thinking that I have to get another device to transfer the info on to a blank data card and then shove that into the data port on the unit?
Does having the blue chart mean I get the tide info in with it?
All new to me this chartplotter malarky so any help gratefully received
Personally I'd go with the CD-Rom, Card and Card Reader. It costs a bit more but then you can sit at home and plan a voyage from the comfort of your arm chair rather than having to sit on the boat and put them in manually.
All you do is plan your trip, mark your waypoints plug the blank card into the Garmin USB card reader and upload the data. Take the card down to your boat and push the card into the slot and off you go.....job done!
The CD-Rom definately comes with the tide and marina info but am not sure about the pre-done cards!? Maybe someone else could answer that one for you.
Hope that helps