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Whoever told you this is full of SH!T. A BlueChart chip won't work or fit into the Garmin GPS 18, which has no chip slot, and isn't a chartplotting GPS IIRC.
What you need is an NMEA 0183 serial cable, and a USB-to-serial adapter if your machine doesn't have an RS-232 serial port. Then you will need to connect the GPS to the laptop and get some chartplotting software. (BTW don't forget to set the serial port on the Garmin to NMEA 0183, 4800 baud, 8n1.)
SeaClear would work, so would Garmin's BlueChart software, but it is rather expensive. I'd recommend getting something that can read the NOAA ENC format charts and download the charts from the NOAA website.
BTW, I would restrict using this to in cabin use only, since the Toshiba P-series doesn't like water much.
Originally Posted by Lancer28
I've been talking to Garmin about a solution to my problem with GPS laptop navigation, and everyone I get on the phone seems to be not completely sure of what to use.
Here is what they tell me:
Laptop - Toshiba P series
GPS antenna - Garmin's GPS 18 with street nav software
Charts - Blue Charts Chip
Supposedly, they will all magically work together to give me on the water chartplotter ability?
Has anyone else tried a different combo of items that worked?
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