Yikes.....I've piecemealed a ragtag system over the years.
I have Mapsource, which is a garmin
product. It allows me to plan at home on the laptop
, then upload routes and waypoints to my garmin
handheld. I like the marina information it has. I can pull up phone
numbers and see what services marinas
on my route
have. Mapsource is proprietary so you have to pay garmin for unlock codes to charts
. It doesn't allow the import
of Noaa charts
. I purchased my usual crusing waters awhile ago.
I also have an older version of Nobeltec
allows me to download and import
the free noaa bsb
charts and has many features that I like. It overlays current
arrows and tide bars for example. I can plan and print my trip plan and keep it in paper format. If I lose all Electronics
, I still have my plan. ( waypoints, course, distance etc.)
I have a garmin 545 plotter at the helm
, as well. I like the redundancy of having my laptop
and handheld programmed with my entire trip. I then plot the dailly trip on the 545 each night before departure. I also manually plot fixes on my paper charts should I lose all electronics
I've stored quite a few BSB
Noaa charts on large capacity USB memory sticks. The download time on highspeed was no problem.
I want to add radar
this season, so It's time to re-think everything I currently do.
I would look at Nobeltec again.
Both Nobeltec and Garmin are now in the radar
business, but I wonder how proven they are. Does Nobelec only interface with laptops, or are they compatible with any of the plotters out there?
If I go with a Raymarine
, I then need a new plotter and antenna