Captn. Jack’s Maptech/Garmin bundle, a winner

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

6 Responses

  1. GPSNavX says:

    Do I understand you to correctly to say I must purchase the proprietary Garmin BlueCharts seperately for the same region already included on the Maptech Chartbook Companion CD? Hmmm.

  2. Bob Mueller says:

    I completely agree with you Ben! If Maptech would publish the waypoints on the internet, in a file format that is easy to upload to the garmin (or any other) unit, they could sell more paper charts! I had an idea a while back to create a wiki style website that allows the public to save waypoints with tags (flickr and style). Then other users could download the waypoints in an easy file format for upload to their GPS. If the website had tags and notes/description information, the website could also become like a wiki style online cruising guide. It might be neat to export pages to PDF so that you could print your own cruising guide. Does anyone know of a website like this that already exists?

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    That’s true, but you know it won’t be long before a handheld this size comes with all U.S. charts built in, and no one much cares if they’re proprietary, as long as they work.

  4. Russ says:

    I had a similar idea about a wiki for depth profiles. Depth surveys are usually pretty out of date, particularly for more remote locations. Wouldn’t it be great if you could capture the depth profile (a feature that is an “extra” in most nav s/w unfortunately) and post it to a wiki. We could very quickly build a database of updated surveys. There are of course problems with reference depths and calibration.
    On the waypoints idea, I would pay for sets of waypoints from a reputable chart publisher and it would certainly encourage me to buy more paper charts since it would tie the paper and electronic charts together with much less pain.

  5. vronp says:

    It’s a good idea. If you decide to do it, I would include a feature by which points are validated by users and then those points are “locked”. Other non-validated points are labeled as such on the web site.
    I’ll look around and see if I can find something like this.

  6. Bob Mueller says:

    I had considered the idea of verifying the waypoints. As more people verify a waypoint, you can be more certain that the lat/lon are correct! I do not think it would be a good idea to “lock” a point. In some areas where sand and bottom changes constantly, navaids and/or waypoints will need to move also. If designed correctly the website could account for that situation. I had also thought the website could assist the United States Power Squadrons Cooperative Charting Program. It could help the USPS by making their mission easier, and add legitamacy to the website. I registered the website address a few years ago, but never got around to writing the website.

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