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I just bought a Garmin GPSMAP76 and it seems pretty neat. I cannot speak to accuracy, except to say that if I hold the unit near my face, then snap my arm straight, it registers the speed. Now, I think anything that gets information from satelites that can tell I just moved it two feet has got my confidence.
Anyway, it came with a PC Serial Port cable and I plugged it in, just because, you know, why not? As I look through the manual, a (?) hovers over my head as I wonder if this connection has any possible use without buying the Bluechart CD and importing charts?
I don't intend to install charts. I prefer waterproof cockpit charts, depth sounder, compass, and now, a good GPS signal, to navigate. Maybe someday down the road I'll get a nice, big-screen chart plotter. Not now.
So here's my question. Does anyone know of a PC Navigation software that can both make use of Maptech charts and show the Garmin GPSMAP76 at the same time? I would love to be able to set up Waypoint routes in the evening by the point and click method, then navigate with them the next day.
Yes, I know I can do it manually. I was just wondering. I have several older nav programs I use to view the charts, but none of them 'see' the Garmin GPS. I know I can get a GPS Receiver with USB Plug and Play compatibility, but all that does is put a moving boat on a chart system I won't have access to while cruising and don't intend to use for active navigation.