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Old 15 March 2013, 08:35   #1
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Garmin v Navionics - chart detail comparison

Can anyone with a Garmin 750 please send me a picture of the most zoomed in detail of the scalloway (Shetland) approaches please? I'd like to see the detail before I purchase.

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Old 15 March 2013, 08:49   #2
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Can anyone with a Garmin 750 please send me a picture of the most zoomed in detail of the scalloway (Shetland) approaches please? I'd like to see the detail before I purchase.

PM for email address, many thanks.

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As a potential buyer myself I would like to see detail too.

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Surely you can see this stuff online?
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Surely you can see this stuff online?
can you? for a specific location? Its not uncommon (in my non-Garmin experience) for the 'detail' to vary depending on how popular the area is so in the solent I might be able to tell you where every buoy, sandbank, etc is. Then if I head up Loch Linnhe then half way up the plotter suddenly has very little information (despite the fact that it is well charted and commercial shipping does use it).
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Surely you can see this stuff online?
Yes you can get some things online. But as Poly says I was looking to see an actual screen shot of a specific area do
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Old 17 March 2013, 16:10   #6
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Thank you Poly. The approaches around these islands are very complex, in particular Scalloway and I want to be able to 'see' what I'm getting before I purchase to ensure the detail I need fits the bill. Unfortunately, to my knowledge no chandlery up here stocks any decent GPS's hence the request.

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Jambo; will let you know if I get anything back.

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I should be able to send you a screen shot of the Bluechart 2008.5 version. I presume the later ones will have similar (maybe better?) detail
I will try and do this tonight when home.
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Hi
Does this help - one zoomed in to 0.2 mile and one at 0.5m
I can e mail the jpeg's if you want - just PM me your e mail
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This uses mapsource on the PC which only works with these older charts. I like it better than Homeport and find it really easy to create waypoints, routes etc and transfer to/from the plotter via the datacard
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Hi there island neighbour (almost)

While I don't have a Garmin 750, attached are screen grabs from the latest Blue Chart g2 chart data I have on my Garmin plotter (using the Home Port PC software), which AFAIK is the same data set as you'd get and so you'll not get more underlying chart detail than this.

I've attached a few grabs at the most detailed resolution so hope that helps.

As you'll see, in complex areas of rocks etc (eg around the islands on file 3) the data you'd find on an Admiralty chart is approximated, which to me is a drawback, as often I'm wanting to find routes onto small islands etc, which can still be done. I just additionally carry an up to date online paper chart from Visit My Harbour plus Google aerial photo data.

Feel free to get back to me with any other queries, as I wanted clarity on this issue when I was about to buy.

From what I found, while this Garmin data is not quite the detail of a paper chart, it seems not that much better or worse than other GPS options. Though others on there will have different views - would be useful to see the detail on other makes.

See: Advice - best electronic chart options for chart plotter - North of Scotland / Orkney

Hope this helps

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PS my horse came from Whiteness so know your area a bit.
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and Navionics Gold from my Lowrance.
These are screen shots from Lowrance PC App which is the equivalent of Homeport/Mapsource but in opinion really poor in comparison. The charting is however a bit better than Garmin in terms of look v paper charts and has some better info/detail including light sectors etc
You get PC App 'free' with a Navionics card - as well as free chart updates for 12months
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