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peteinsf posted 06-27-2002 05:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for peteinsf  
On my sail boat's chart table there is room for a laptop...

Has anyone used marine specific PC based GPS software? Can I just buy the BlueChart CD and plug in a serial or USB receiver? Seems like it will be cheeper then a 2006...


JBCornwell posted 06-27-2002 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Hi, Pete.

My Mapsource program offers to become a GPS color display when I have my GPSMAP 162 plugged in to my PC.

That leads me to believe that Mapsource, at least, allows your PC or laptop to be used as a real time 15" color display for Garmin products. Special wiring might be required.

I am sure that Garmin can give you more detail and correct any errors in my understanding.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Highwater posted 06-27-2002 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Highwater    
I use the Nobletec charts and the deLorme road atlas on my laptop that is interfaced with a GPS via the USB port. Works great!
triblet posted 06-27-2002 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
To unlock the BlueCharts and see them on your
PC, you have to have a s/n for a BlueChart
supporting Garmin AND have that Garmin
connected. Otherwise you just get the

The cheapest BlueChart compatible Garmin is
I think the eTrex Legend at about $249.

That 2006 is more waterproof than most (all?)


EddieS posted 06-28-2002 02:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for EddieS  Send Email to EddieS     

Check out Fugawi at Looks like a pretty good program and will interface with most GPS receivers. I downloaded their demo and hooked up my Garmin handheld to it, pretty slick.


Casey Casebeer posted 06-28-2002 05:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Casey Casebeer  Send Email to Casey Casebeer     
Pete - Suggest you look at it is full of GPS-related information that I have used in the past. Have no experience with BlueCharts. I use CAPN, and can see why the USCG chose it for their nav needs. GoodLuck! Casey

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