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Old 17 January 2008, 10:08   #1
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Hi all,

I shall be taking a trip to the USA soon and was thinking about taking advantage of the good exchange rate at the moment and possibly buying an etrex vista as a back up unit whilst there.

The unit will obviously have a US base map. What I need advice on is if I can download a UK/European base map. Do I need to buy additional maps to make it usable in the UK. Or do you think it's too much hassle trying to change a US bought unit for use here in the UK.

Thanks in advance for any advice and help.

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Hi ive just returned from the USA and whilst there I purchased a Garmin GPS chartplotter. You will have to order a UK map but you can do it there it still works out cheaper than buying one in the UK (does`nt it always)? The map will take about 2 weeks to come to the supplier and he is going to post it on to me.Hope this helps
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How good are the maps anyway? Not very usable I bet - probably like trying to navigate with a road atlas!!!
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I have a Garmin colour handheld as a reserve on board with c maps. They are great for a safety unit and held in a marine holder they are useful and can be taken off the boat in emergency
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The maps are ordered from the UK as far as I`m aware, it`s just still cheaper because we are all so used to being ripped off here. If you care to look most products are sold here pound for dollar so if you find something in the USA for $100 usd you will find it in the good old UK for 100 quid! and we just keep on being ripped off and worrying that the products might not work in the UK Why??? do we corner the market in quality? or have I missed something over the last 50 years?
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I have a Garmin colour handheld as a reserve on board with c maps. They are great for a safety unit and held in a marine holder they are useful and can be taken off the boat in emergency
Yes extra maps are great but with a limited amount of memory the basemaps are very low in detail.
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Ive got a Garmin 60CS handheld. Its got about 55mb of useable memory, if my mine serves me correct.
I can put all the maps of UK, France and Spain and some Med. From Atlantic Bluechart v 9.5.

Thats way more than I need.

I had an etrex before. Screen way to small.

Biggest drawback with the 60cs is still the screen size. But as a portable/ back-up it works for me.
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Yes extra maps are great but with a limited amount of memory the basemaps are very low in detail.
That makes no sense!!!!

If I was going to the States I'd the the new version (below). Plus a proper plotter.

http://www8.garmin.com/ces/colorado/index.html
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Ive got a Garmin 60CS handheld. Its got about 55mb of useable memory, if my mine serves me correct.
I can put all the maps of UK, France and Spain and some Med. From Atlantic Bluechart v 9.5.

Thats way more than I need.

I had an etrex before. Screen way to small.

Biggest drawback with the 60cs is still the screen size. But as a portable/ back-up it works for me.
That makes no sense!!!!

If I was going to the States I'd the the new version (below). Plus a proper plotter.

http://www8.garmin.com/ces/colorado/index.html
What makes no sense? Isn't it obvious that you can't squeeze a detailed map of the whole USA into a small amount of memory - it's a pretty big place!!! I have detailed maps of the Uk and they take up over 20gb!!!
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I have a Garmin colour handheld as a reserve on board with c maps. They are great for a safety unit and held in a marine holder they are useful and can be taken off the boat in emergency
Didnt think C-Map charts worked with Garmin stuff. Id be interested to know how thats done please.

@graphicsguy....... The base maps are what they are Base-ik. Not much use IMHO. So you would need to load more detailed maps on to it. Which would be Garmin BlueCharts if its for Marine Use.
Cant see there being problem with that.

There maybe a warranty issue with US bought Garmin stuff. Worth a call or email.

Ive Used UK Garmin Customer service/ warranty and theyve always been very good.
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Yep Rooster your right looks like I have blue charts but still the handheld Garmin is great and use with fixed unit.
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