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I picked up an old Garmin GPSIII on c-list for $35 bucks.


What kind of stuff is still out there for this old thing? Is there any free software/charts out there for these? Not that it would be useful on this. I guess ultimately i'll be using this with a laptop and opencpn and others. Just seeing what else I can do with this...

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Nice score!

Have you tried going to the Garmin website and looking up any updates for that particular model.
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Have you tried going to the Garmin website and looking up any updates for that particular model.
Yah, I downloaded the user manual. It's running the latest firmware. I've got a usb adapter for it along with a cigarette lighter charger. It should be perfect for the boat and a good backup when I spring for a nicer one.
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Garmin has discontinued their Blue Charts so you will not be able to update your charts on a unit that does not handle their G2 charts. I believe that the latest vesion of Blue Charts are 2008. Maybe some are available on e-bay? However, your idea of connecting your gps to a laptop running a charting program is a good one and it will be well suited for that.

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$35? Guess I can quit worrying about someone stealing it and selling it on CL Haven't updated the software in a decade, the mapping capabilities are limited and I don't use them. If the batteries go dead you lose all your waypoints and it has to "find itself" again and maybe even have to re-do the settings to nautical units and time zone. It eats AA batteries like PEZ so I power it from the boat's 12 volt system. Stuff like power/data plugs and mounts are still readily available.
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