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Recent reviews for this item:
Drtbykr, January 7, 2013 ...to view Marina mapping. I wasn't excited about spending
the money in addition to the Bluechart mapping, but I
wanted to be able to see the mapping on my computer. Unlike
Basecamp, you have to pay for Homeport.
Kayaker, May 27, 2012 This software might be more useful for boaters rather than
Kayakers - as those with a 6 inch draft might do just as
well planning with Google Earth. A major problem is you
cannot print your work plan (hint, screenshot). I like to
print the plan, laminate it and carry it on my Deck.
Another disappointment is the software cannot see the chip
in my GPSMAP76CSx. So every time I want to use the software,
I have to take the fragile microSD out of the GPS (usually
removing batteries too), put it in an adapter, put the
adapter in a regular Size SD to USB device and plug it in.
That's a lot of handling for a tiny microSD. I prefer to put
it in the GPS once and access it from there.
Operationally, as you zoom in - say to Vargas Island on west
coast of Vancouver Island, the Island name disappears. In
other cases the island names don't appear until you zoomed
in quite a bit.
Also, if you use the ruler tool to set a course, the screen
doesn't auto scroll if you need to reach an off screen
destination. So you have to zoom out or take smaller steps
(and add the section distances).
It would be nice if, when you create a waypoint, the
software would tell you the closest tide and current station
to that point.
On a plus side, it does let me see more of the area than I
can using the tiny 76CSx screen - but it is expected to do that.
So if you are using a small handheld, HomePort will allow
you to see more, plot courses and move them to the GPS (by
adding them to the MicroSD) Otherwise you be doing more
"hand copying", more chance for error.
So I have to rate this as "okay". It should auto-scroll. It
should recognize the chip in the GPS, not requiring removal.
And the Product Description should be more forthcoming in
letting you know you can't print out your work (directly
from the software).
I wanted to plug my GPS (with chip) into my computer and use
Homeport to plan everything - allowing me to set a course,
tell me the tide and current stations along the way, and it
wouldn't in inconceivable to allow date/time input and show
me tide and current data along the course given an estimated
forward speed. IF I can do it with a pencil and paper, the
software should be able to also.
But the bottom line is - it is Garmin's software for reading
their g2 and vision BlueChart chips. So it is the only game
GPSCity's price is reasonable and it arrived in a timely
Harvey, December 10, 2010 Help file doesn't work in this product....I have contacted
Garmin but am still waiting for a fix.
craigss11, October 6, 2010 Would be good for somebody that hasn't already got
BlueCharts loaded on a PC/Notebook.
just as easy to create w/points and routes on PC and
transfer to GPS