I'm trying to figure out charting and planning options and would like opinions and advice.
I recently purchased a boat with a Garmin
GPSMap 3205 chartplotter
and a Raymarine
C Series system that includes a C80. I've supplemented that with a Garmin
GPSMap 76CSx handheld. Now I'm trying to figure out how to use them and what is the best planning and charting software
My first question is: What is the advantage of the g2 Garmin charts
over the standard BlueCharts. Both the handheld and chartplotter
can use both of them. It looks like G2 charts
have a lot more information but is it useful or just "flash"? There is a significant difference in price
between BlueCharts and G2 Bluecharts.
The next question is: If one has a variety of digital charts and planning software
, e.g., Garmin, Raymarine
, and other available software, which is the best for planning and plotting crossings, etc.
In my opinion, one is going to be reliant on some kind of paper charts and eyeball observations when one gets close to landfall. Nothing will supplant observation.
I'd love to hear opinions on accuracy of the digital (and paper) charts from Florida
to Puerto Rico
(I might actually take that all the way down to Venezuela).
Unfortunately, we are presently in New Mexico
while our boat is in Florida
and our destination
is the East coast
of Puerto Rico
Thanks for any opinions (I'm sure that I'll get some!! )