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Old 26-12-2006, 21:47
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GPS for car and boat

I have been looking into a streetmap GPS for the car, but why then can't I take it on the boat as well?

Garmin do a nautical set of charts called Bluechart which come on secure digital (SD) memory cards. These can be put into certain roadmap GPS's, but I can't find out which these are apart from the Garmin Quest which has too many buttons to work well in a car environment. I like the new touch screen C510d but does this work with Bluechart - not even the Garmin webpage answers that.

Anyone else looked into the dual use of roadmap GPS systems like Tom-Tom or Navman to work on their boat as well?
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Old 26-12-2006, 22:35
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Re: GPS for car and boat

Although working for the Garmin dealership I am not too familiar with the products as my main responsibilities are boats and engines, C510 will not take bluechart, I would think 276 can work on both at least that is the one we are selling to those using both inland and on sea, will not have the benefit of touchscreen like nuvi, c510 have.

I am using seperate Nuvi when traveling abroad and 3010 as well as 276 on board my boat.

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Old 27-12-2006, 00:57
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Re: GPS for car and boat

Robbie,

I have the Garmin Quest and have both Road and blue chart loaded on it.
You load the Blue chart directly onto the the Quest.
too many buttons??? not sure what you mean here. very simple to use
It has never got me lost, sent me up a dead end street or through a ford!!!
Very repliable bit of kit.
Only thing i know is "Do Not" get the quest 2 as the refresh rate is a little slow.
I have the marine mount in the boat and can easily transfer from car to boat.
The advabtage of this unit is also that its is water proof as well
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Old 27-12-2006, 12:31
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Re: GPS for car and boat

Ian,
Does the Quest have voice directions as well as a map?
If so does the voice work during the nautical passage also?
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Old 27-12-2006, 12:35
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Re: GPS for car and boat

Robbie,

Yes has voice directions for road maps.

the marine mount does not have a speaker.
Guess not therefore.

But in all honesty would it be any use. At the next bouy turn south lol
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Old 27-12-2006, 14:34
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That was my point. Besides doubt if I would hear her over the engine.
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Old 27-12-2006, 15:38
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Re: GPS for car and boat

I don't beleive it but I have given up on finding what I wanted, a touch screen GPS with internal speeker that is usable in car and boat. - It doesn't exist !!

I am now buying a Garmin Streetpilot for the car, and a Standard Horizon C180i for the boat.

In these days of technilogical advancement it is inconceiveable that GPS's are still being made with one function to do. I'm sure James Bond didn't have this trouble off 'Q'.

Thanks for the info on the Garmin Quest Ian, but I had pretty much discounted that unit due to the compomises made to make it dual use like no internal speeker etc.
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Old 27-12-2006, 16:07
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Robbie,

Know exactly where you coming from on the compromises.

Have you found a dealer to buy both from?
would be worth giving these guys a ring.
Very helpful and the owner "Nigel" is a boater too so will be able to help
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Old 27-12-2006, 23:46
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Re: GPS for car and boat

Hey look at this...

Garmin, Versus Tom Tom from, a legal perspective.

http://www.garmin.com/pressroom/corporate/122306.html

I've got the Tom Tom, & it looks like my software price is just about to go up!
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Re: GPS for car and boat

Just bought a Garmin StreetPilot c320 on eBay for 100 - Very good price for the postcode recognition software version. Only Standard Horizon c180i on eBay is 325, some websites selling at 299.
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Old 28-01-2007, 11:43
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Garmin Vs Tom Tom

Has anyone else had experiance of using both Garmin & Tom Tom.

I had a Garmin until it was stolen out of my car
Ok my fault i know,

This weekend I borrowed a friends TOM TOM GO 910

First impressions were great easy to use and large screen. many options for route planning I.E. Shortest or fastest or non motorway ETC.

BUT actual routes well...............................

I have been travelling back and forth to LH & Bognor for some years now and believe that I have the route down to a fine art which is also virtually the same as Garmin recommends.
Home to LH 70 miles & 1 hour 20 ish.

coming back from the AGM yesterday i thought i would try out TOM TOM.

Its recommendation for fastest route was 2 hours and 98.9 miles

Going down to Bognor it did something similar and for some reason did not want me to go on the A27. It had my ETA at the caravan park as 12.08 until i finally got on the A27 (Via my route) then surprise surprise the ETA on Tom Tom came down to 11.48.
So what is wrong??? when i asked for fastest route???

my experiance of using Tom Tom and have to say would NOT buy 1 for its route options,
Ease of use and understanding great.

Plus the Garmin Quest is waterproof and can be loaded with the sea charts.

off to the dealers this week to pick up a new Garmin Quest.
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