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Topic: Marine GPS Routes and Waypoints Confusion
checkyourmirror
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Posted: 20 July 2009 at 3:05pm | IP Logged
So I am new to the boating world but have had lots of experience with Automobile GPS' and I have to say I am very confused by the use of my Raymarine A65 GPS.

Routes: When I want to go to a location, I can place my cursor and pick "Goto Cursor" however the GPS draws a straight line via land rather than going through the our locks, channels, and even just staying on water. I had assumed the unit would work similar to a car and know "roads" or heck just keep my boat on water.

Waypoints: I have a Navionics Gold card and there doesn't seem to be preloaded Waypoints similar to POI's.

Do I have this correct or am I doing something wrong? Seems like I need to manually create "routes" via different points to get from one location to another rather than the GPS doing it for me.
lanbuilder
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Posted: 20 July 2009 at 4:40pm | IP Logged

Your assumptions are right.

You could try downloading the free chart software from Maptech

http://www.maptechnavigation.com/support/doc.cfm?docid=123&a mp;CFID=2005690&CFTOKEN=28634292

After you have installed the maptech software, then download the free charts you want from the NOAA site and unpack them to the Chart directory that Maptech creates when it is installed.

http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/Raster/download_agree ment.htm

You can then plan and plot out routes and download them to your GPS.

 

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