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Old 04-07-2012, 05:55   #16
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Re: Export route to GPS?

"The Troublesome Company is a huge enterprise that has carpeted the globe"

Never heard of them. Is this a joke?

Can you give me a product example of what you're talking about?
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:27   #17
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PDA1, It's sort of a joke, but not so funny when you get one... I can list my Garmin 12xl (that would turn itself off at weird times and required a firmware fix ), a Nokia cell-phone (screen went white after a month per firmware), A Garmin Nuvi update that didn't fit on it...Windows98...! to the point here, would be Jesperwe's comment (Export Route to GPS? ) where wide-world multi-featured connectivity is implied but only delivered insofar as to trap poor saps into a jealous format . The default is always theirs and always requires you to leap a hurdle to get what YOU want.


I fixed these things-a Troublesome product is always disappointing and always requires the user to learn things about screwdrivers and glue and BitTorrents that they didn't expect. But on the sunny side, you gain an appreciation of the human spirit that shares the fixes.
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:36   #18
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Re: Export Route to GPS?

Transferring waypoints using Babel is pretty easy.

In all the years I've been using both Loran and GPS I have found such LITTLE need for routes that I no longer bother. I go from waypoint to waypoint and simply keep my head outside the boat.

It sure is just me, but I still don't understand the reason why so many people insist on or prefer routes on their planning or passage-making. Perhaps someone can enlighten me. Thanks.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:40   #19
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Routes?versus waypoints? I can't follow either exactly . but I'd rather a line than a "next"wpt I can't see without zooming out . Through tortuous dangers, they are a nice diagram needing less thinking...the way out might double-back so marks alone can cause mistakes!a bunch of wpts would make me check which was really next everytime
OR, I sometimes use em as Boundaries...where NOT to go.

As to SPEED they are Great for planning....if I COULD keep a steady speed, where COULD I get to?

oh and of course, you can quickly draw things with it (the route pencil. I mean).. your skates if you are prawn fishing...a new dock you noticed that isn't on yer map... or just as a Bearing line with angle and distance...You can fiddle with these to a high degree later to make em into Objects-without- arrows by exporting em to another utility.
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It sure is just me, but I still don't understand the reason why so many people insist on or prefer routes on their planning or passage-making. Perhaps someone can enlighten me. Thanks.
Planning with routes gives information that is quite useful, such as length, elapsed time (based on your anticipated average speed), etc. But more importantly it allow you to look at the legs between waypoints to discern obstructions. Waypoint to waypoint without knowledge of what's between them is a bit dangerous.

Passage-making with routes is an individual choice based on how they are used. In my case I upload the waypoints and routes to my GPS and use the 'Go to' function to drive the autopilot. Automatic changing of course at waypoints is convenient and effortless.

Before everyone starts yelling 'That's dangerious' please know that after 24+ years on my present cruise I have learned to keep a sharp lookout, check the depthsounder, use a sonar in shallow waters, and know that electronics will fail.

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