Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on Cruisers Forums. Advertise Here
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 19-11-2015, 09:06   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Western MA & Maine
Boat: 1997 Sabre 362
Posts: 67
Garmin 3010C

I am purchasing a Sabre 362 equipped with a Garmin 3010C chartplotter and a GMR 18 Radome, new 2007. On my Pearson 34 I had a Garmin 172c that crapped out pretty reliably every 3 years until they no longer supported it.
What is the experience with the 3010C? This is a pretty different animal and, for one, it seems to have lasted 8 years OK at this point.
In thinking ahead to a likely return to Nova Scotia (from Maine) in 2017, a couple concerns:
One, sure would be a drag to have this crap out in NS.
Two, a few folks still have a Canadian chart card available but they are generally not available. So I am thinking to grab it now before all gone, but if replacement of the unit is coming up, then maybe I should spend the $150.
Garmin website says they no longer support.

Shorty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-11-2015, 10:27   #2
Registered User
NewMoon's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Holladay, UT
Boat: Nordic Tug 37
Posts: 317
Images: 13
Re: Garmin 3010C

There are at least 2-3 generations newer than the 3010 already out.

FWIW, I understand the 3010 has a solid reputation. My 2006, very similar but smaller screen and one generation older, still works like a charm at 13 years. If I understand correctly, a main difference between mine and the 3000 series is that networking support was added. Probably some additional processor speed as well. Both use the older proprietary Garmin "bluechart data card" for charts, rather than the later SD cards. Charts often available on eBay.

Richard Cook
Dream Catcher (Nordic Tug 37)
"Cruising in a Big Way"
NewMoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-11-2015, 10:29   #3
Marine Service Provider
witzgall's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Eastern Shore, MD
Boat: Camper Nicholson 44 Ketch
Posts: 1,930
Re: Garmin 3010C

Not sure if you can get charts for it anymore??

Sent from my iPhone using Cruisers Sailing Forum
witzgall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-11-2015, 12:12   #4
roverhi's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Kona, Hawaii, Carlsbad, CA
Boat: 1969 Pearson 35 #108 & 1976 Sabre 28
Posts: 6,753
Send a message via Yahoo to roverhi
Re: Garmin 3010C

The plotter is fine but getting charts is an issue. With patience, regions in the US, Caribbean, South and Central America turn up on Ebay regularly. Haven't seen many Canadian Chart Chips. Would grab any that you need quickly if still available new. In conversation with Garmin Factory Reps at the Oakland in the water boat show a few years back, said they will load chips, that you supply, with whatever data you want. Might want to get hold of them and see if that is still true and what chips they'll work with. Does it need to be their blank chips or can they overwrite their pre-loaded area chips??

My nearly 10 year old 3206 is still working fine. 3206 has all the US charts and have the Canadian Chips I need for planned sail to Alaska and down the inland passage and Mexico West Coast so will keep the bugger till it dies.

My 3206 is still doing fine after nearly 10 years so
Peter O.
'Ae'a, Pearson 35
'Ms American Pie', Sabre 28 Mark II
roverhi is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2015, 19:15   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Westport MA
Boat: Tartan 34C
Posts: 13
Re: Garmin 3010C

The good news is the GMR 18 is digital and will work with Garmins current GPSMAP series of chartplotters.
Tumbleweed34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2015, 17:31   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Salish Sea
Boat: Alberg 35
Posts: 15
Re: Garmin 3010C

Those 3010 units were good, but the charts are outdated. Be careful for Notice to Mariner update changes. You might add some key ones as marks on the older charts. You could use the GPS/radar on the Garmin and run charts on a laptop (OpenCPN/Coastal Explorer/etc). The Garmin can supply GPS data via NMEA0183 through a serial/USB converter.

Quickbeam is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Garmin 2010c VS 3010c tolly Marine Electronics 8 05-06-2012 02:56
Garmin 3010c tolly Marine Electronics 0 18-03-2012 16:27
For Sale: Garmin GPSMAP 3010C - Best Offer ShaunJ Classifieds Archive 22 06-02-2011 16:20
For Sale: Garmin GPSMAP 3010C Color Chartplotter Dougfuller Classifieds Archive 1 15-07-2010 06:48
Garmin 3010c AIS sailcheal Navigation 2 17-05-2009 03:44

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 19:41.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.