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Old 27-06-2010, 20:29   #1
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Send Route to Furuno GPS

Has anyone successfully used the Send Route to GPS to send to a Furuno GP-30, GP-31 or GP-32?

I've used this feature on Captain Voyager and Maxsea. I have my radar, autopilot and other GPS listeners wired to read from the GPS. This lets me turn off the computer and all of those devices still have route and active waypoint information from the GPS. On long passages I don't want to have the computer on watching the boat move across a blue screen. I also send the same route data to a Garmin handheld GPS that I store in the microwave in the event of a lighting strike or other failure so I'll always have my route saved on a GPS. It would be nice if the Send Route to GPS function allowed you to select the type of GPS you want to send to.

I have successfully used GPSutility to send saved GPX routes from OpenCPN, but that requires I shut down OpenCPN to make the COM port available. I could connect another COM port to the GPS so GPSutility could talk to it while CPN is running, but would much prefer to do it directly from CPN.

And BTW... This is a great program! I plan to make it my primary electronic navigation system!
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