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Old 29-01-2015, 12:07   #1
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Down loading charts for garmin

We have a garmin chartplotter and have been told we can find charts online to download onto simcards that will fit into out garmin. We are loking for the western caribbean area. Garmin sells one for $150. But we are hoping to find it and down load. Anyone have info that cold steer us into the right direction

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The specific plotter is important.

Wouldn't Garmin | United States | Home would be a good place to start?
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Old 29-01-2015, 13:16   #3
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Yes I can download from Garmin, but the cost is still the same. I am looking for a less expensive avenue to go!
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Pretty sure it doesn't matter if you download or buy a physcal card, same price...
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Yes I can download from Garmin, but the cost is still the same. I am looking for a less expensive avenue to go!
a less expensive ?????????????

might not be possible...

Unless bootlegged, Garmin has been known to be pretty "strict" with linking the chartplotter or even hh GPSs with "authorized" accounts.

If you find one, keep it to yourself, kinda like a great ski area with no crowds.

Unless...could Google help?
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Re: Down loading charts for garmin

Ran into a couple of cruisers in VA and he downloads all his charts to aim card and installs in his Garmin. Unfortunately they left n fore I could get more info from him. I have searched sites but have not found the right ones.
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Re: Down loading charts for garmin

I am still getting them for free as part of an update warranty issue. However, I have seen cracks for this that come and go as Garmin goes after them, Back to the uncrowded ski slope reference. The gotcha is that if the crack doesnt work, supposedly the Garmin can tell and rats you out with a service needed message. Some people have made it work. It like the Dirty Harry line: DO you feel lucky?
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Yes I can download from Garmin, but the cost is still the same. I am looking for a less expensive avenue to go!
You can sometimes find retailer who will discount the chart chips.

Other than that, you seem to be looking for illegal "bootleg" charts. The price you pay for Garmin charts is the price of "intellectual property". In other words, Garmin is trying to recoup the money they paid people to create the charts in the first place.

Garmin (and most other software companies) employs some copy protection schemes to try to prevent people from buying a chart and then selling copies. You can hunt around on ebay or craigs list but just beware that what you get may not work or may be inaccurate. And it's dishonest.
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Re: Down loading charts for garmin

I found a retailer on Ebay that sells charts out of Canada cheap, other than that, nothing.
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Here's the alternative:

Get OpenCP for your laptop, use Babel to transfer stuff. Open is free.

I use the handheld Garmin for using local buoys as waypoints and do planning on a bigger screen and/or charts.
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Go to ebay search for the chart. I found garmin charts for less than 50.00
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