SailNet Community - View Single Post - PC as chartplotter?
View Single Post
post #31 of Old 05-13-2009
Dick Pluta
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Florida, US northeast
Posts: 100
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Someone needed my Garmin more than I did and I haven't replaced it yet. I now use a Holux GR-213 that I bought on E-bay for $28 with my PC. I have Sea Clear 2 and Chart Navigator Light. The Chart Navigator came with a Maptech chart set I bought for the Bahamas. The Sea Clear is a free download and uses the NOAA charts. I have been using them for about four years and have had no problems at all. It's a little tricky to get the NOAA charts into Sea Clear but once you overcome that hurdle it's a piece of cake.

If you have a computer with Bluetooth capability Holux makes units that can talk to it wireless.

The only problem I have is using a computer as a display. The marine environment isn't very friendly to electronics and we keep the computer under a plastic cover. Next season I'll get a marine unit, probably a MFD, and install it at the wheel where I can see it all the time. Otherwise, it's fine.

Dick Pluta
On the hard in Florida
Dick Pluta is offline  
Quote Share with Facebook
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome