Garmin 478, another big step

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. Pascal says:

    I would really liked this 478 If it have an AIS support; the built-in marine charts G2 (very beatifull) and the City Navigator, are big advantages to US customers only. Same for XM weather support.
    But the 478 have a price even a little bit more expensive than a brand new GpsMap3205. The 3205 has a bigger 5″ screen than the 3.5″ of the 478, has the built-in G2 Blue Charts for all US too, support Marine Network with a 1 mbit ethernet, radar black box and has support for the XM weather too, and ALREADY has AIS support. So, I am in doubt if the the dual function (marine/land) and portability of the 478 could beat the advantages of a new 3205.
    Or I am wrong?

  2. Pascal says:

    Ok, sorry, I am wrong, the Garmin Network is a 100 Mbit ethernet, not 1 Mbit.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Heck, no, Pascal. It’s not a matter of right or wrong, just choices, and I think you’ve identified those pretty well.

  4. Pascal says:

    Ben, do not forget to tell us about the details of AIS support on Garmin GpsMap 3210, OK? Reading now a description of one old update for 392, seems that the support contains much more things than is showed in the mannual; for example that update says it has correction on the “rate of turn and the display of ship” so appears that much more than “ships-id, position, speed and course” will showed. Can you publish several screns shots of the AIS info in the 3210?
    Please coment in details what you think of this, compared to SeaClear and SOB, for example.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Well, Pascal, the 3210 is in the house and I tried wiring a SeaCas GPS/AIS to it but the Garmin does not see it. Tried calling tech support but the wait was 30-40 minutes. Real world frustrations!

  6. Pascal says:

    I found just now a sailor’s site showing a well documented experience on implementig the NASA AIS engine:
    I remeber you have one NASA AIS, why You do not make test with it and the 3210?
    Best regards and good luck.

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