Your Garmin will also output NMEA
format for use with almost any nav software
. One thing I ran into however, was that the neat USB cable only send Garmine format. I didn't pick up on that when first reading the manual, got offshore
, needed to use my new Garmin for the laptop
when the old hand held died, and couldn't get it to work. I didn't have the servial cable with me. Obviously, I found my way back without it but it sure had me scratching my head
for a while.
I bought an extra cable that has both 12 v power and serial
. Now my batteries won't run down when I am using it for long periods. Replaced the old hand held with a cheap
mouse or puck
dedicated to the comuter. It gets power from the USB port.
I think for Garmin Blue charts
, you may have to use their software for the laptop.