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That's your choice, but it seems kind of silly for you to blame others for your own typo. It's your loss.
silly huh,i know what I typed in,perhaps there was more than one site by that name
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silly huh,i know what I typed in,perhaps there was more than one site by that name
Look at the picture in post #16. That's a screenshot of my browser. You can see the correct url right there. I'm guessing it's not what you typed in. Note that it ends with .org, not .com.
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Garmin makes wonderful, very useful charts but remember that their technology is highly proprietary so check out what charts you need and then decide whether Garmin or a computer-based program like Polar Navy, Sea Clear, Sail Cruiser, or Open CPN are what you really want. Unless there is something new, the only way to use anything other than Garmin charts on a Garmin unit is to import converted .gpx waypoint files as Tom has mentioned. There are lots of hoops to jump through with many of the proprietary charts in order to get them on your computer and then, God forbid, ever have to swap them due to new hard drives or computers. For general inshore/coastal sailing, remember that NOAA raster and enc charts are FREE and always updatable, unlike something you buy which will be updatable AT A PRICE. Programs that can use raster and enc charts are Sailcruiser, Polar Navy (a very nice, reasonably priced program), Open CPN (free, but I've had crash problems with it) which is really a Beta program. Sea Clear only uses raster. Hope that helps... there's lots more to know about this subject and many companies in the game. I've just scratched the surface here.

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thanks,i can navigate with what I have,after today I think i'll stick with that lol
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Don't know what site you ended up on but OpenCPN is a excellent program that is freeware although contributions are appreciated . I run it on a linux emachine with out any issues. I think they make a WindoZ version as well, but why anyone would use Windoz is beyond me anyhow.

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Wrong wrong wrong..

Given that PaulinVictoria did not post a link I reckon you are way off base, Sawing. OpenCPN is not bogus, indeed it may well be one of the most valuable resources going around. This is expecially so for you damned Americans (envy my friends, envy) who can download all those free NOAA charts. Us poor bustards have to pay for them.

ps - I have just gone to the OpenCpn site, it is open on my machine as I type. Whatever problems you have Sawing, they are not courtesy of Paul or OpenCpn.
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Don't know what site you ended up on but OpenCPN is a excellent program that is freeware although contributions are appreciated . I run it on a linux emachine with out any issues. I think they make a WindoZ version as well, but why anyone would use Windoz is beyond me anyhow.

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OpenCPn works much better/faster/less crashes on Linux. If you get really good you can partition your hard drive and have the best of both worlds.
I have it on both my Macs and it runs great. I don't think as many plug-ins are available for the Mac though. Even so it's a fantastic program.
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OpenCPn works much better/faster/less crashes on Linux. If you get really good you can partition your hard drive and have the best of both worlds.
I run OpenCpn on both Linux and Windows7 machines. I've not noticed any apparent difference in performance between the two and neither has ever crashed while running OCPN. Just wish it worked in an Android tablet.

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