Gee don't those Garmin
Instruments and Chartplotters look nice!!! All very well if you are in Europe
or America. A word of warning if you are outside those areas.
Chartplotters are proprietary in that they can only use the Garmin Bluechart g3 Vision charts
. The World charts
they apparently come with are minimal on detail. I chose the option of having a GPSMap 5012 at the helm
station with the intention of having a laptop
at the Nav table so that I could plan passages from the comfort of the salon
then upload to the Chartplotter
. With the Garmin this is not possible as the only software
compatible with the Garmin is their own software
called Homeport. To utilise home port I have to remove the charts SD card from the 5012 and insert into the computer so Homeport can use it for passage
planning. Then take the chip out and reinsert into the 5012 to access the charts. Can you imagine walking around a boat in rough seas with your SD card with $500 in charts on it in your hot little hand. Opps there it goes onto a wet deck
or god forbid overboard
Next; as the Garmin NMEA 2000
network will not communicate with your laptop
you can't upload you plan to your chart plotter!
Next; you can't download weather
and overlay on you chart plotter as Garmin weather
is proprietary and has to be downloaded via a Garmin subscription using a Garmin satellite antenna
. Garmin weather does not cover Australia
or SE Asia
, Sth Pacific.
On the plus side Garmin state they will have a WiFi
router for your vessel that will allow you laptop (Mac) or Ipad
to communicate with your Garmin network. The Garmin rep states release within the next 6 months.
He couldn't answer the weather question.
My issue. Having to buy another navigation
system for the laptop that is NOT compatible with Garmin for planning enabling weather download and planning that will then have to ......yada yada yada!!! It goes on. As my Helia is in the build process now I am considering cancelling the Garmin install and getting it back to Australia
and putting in a customized navigation