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Old 20 March 2007, 16:39   #1
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Garmin Gpsmap 550

I have just been looking at this unit, and the blurb states:

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Preloaded with marine map detail of the UK & Ireland plus a worldwide satellite imagery internal map Single SD memory card slot for optional BlueChart G2 VISION cards
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compatible BlueChart G2 VISION cards provide: - High-resolution satellite imagery which can be overlaid on the basemap - 3D charting information for a true “mariner’s eye view” perspective
Does this mean that there is no need to buy electronic charts? or are the preloaded "marine map detail" just a rudimentary guide and not up to a charts standard.

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I have been wondering the same about these.
Don't think these are in the UK yet, but due imminently. Looks like they'll accept SD cards: 'G2 Vision', but probably not the current Garmin bluechart format.
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The inclusive charts are indeed the BlueChart ones - ie normal chart standard. The g2 Vision are the bells and whistles so they can make some money on them!

Pricing around £600.
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do you know how much the g2 vision card will cost?
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