Originally Posted by taffdavies
Mainly to enter track and way point (fishing marks) and to name way points.
Yes, that is a bit of a PITA. One of the reasons I have a GPS12 strapped to my console is that it is about a million times easier to take the handheld to the computer & load the waypoints than it is to type them into the plotter!
Remember that extra wire I was talking about? How do you fancy a wee bit more wiring? To connect the "data in" wire to your computer.... (this suggestion will work better if your computer is a laptop!)
I use a free bit of software called "EasyGPS" (Google will find it) which I use to manage my waypoints / routes / tracks etc. (it's simple, but does what I need it to do). I then plug the handheld into the back of the PC & press the "upload to GPS" button. I rarely use the waypoint entering on the handset itself, as it re-defines the words "laborious" & "tedious".
If you got a copy of Mapsource with the unit it will do the same job - If you can connect them. Unless the plotter uses an SD card for the maps - it may be you can carry that to the PC?
OTher way of looking at this - did you get the plotter so you have charts? Why not use thre Etrex as your "nav screen / trip computer / waypoint finder" (i.e the big arrow / trip time etc), leaving your plotter to show you what's under the keel?
That also means should your boat battery die, you have the life of the batteries in the Etrex to get you home.