Garmin HomePort, finally the planner

Being a natural born optimist, the longer Garmin took to solve its
route planning problem, the cooler I hoped the solution would be.  We won’t know
for sure until the November release, but HomePort is officially
, and judging from the product page and these screen shots, it
looks like a nifty tool for $30.  If you own a G2 Vision card, you’ll
be able to access many of its features right on Windows PC (no Mac
yet), and take the resulting plans to the boat, or just up to the
bridge, on the card.  If you only own regular BlueCharts or G2’s
imbedded in your plotter (the good idea that created the problem in the
first place), you’ll first have to copy them to a blank 2 gig SD card…

HomePort sure doesn’t look like Mapsource, which I found
useful for years, but was getting pretty clunky.  Looking at the new planning screens, I see goodies like Googly view management controls,
a multi-layer search facility, an unusual bottom profile, and a “notes”
function (I wonder if those will travel to the MFD?).  Tide prediction,
POI info, shaded relief, and port photos seem to supported but
I don’t think that’s true of auto route making (aka Garmin Guidance) or
photo maps (though apparently you can view a route in Google Earth). And there are some things on the screen below that I can’t figure out.  What is happening in the lower left window, for instance?  And what sort of vehicle is intended travel along that route or track?


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.

3 Responses

  1. Ted Arisaka says:

    I think that “amphibious” route you mention is actually just Rt 520, the Evergreen Point bridge.
    I enjoy your blog and magazine columns.
    T. Arisaka
    sv Talisman

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, T. Now I see that the bridge shows in both the photo inset and the large area chart. Silly me!

  3. OceanFroggie says:

    Yes this is good news. Wonder if it will work with original “Bluecharts” on data cards via their USB card reader.

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