More Garmin, and a mouse with MOB button!

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.

5 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    The “old days”:
    Judge: You sank your boat. Why did you cut inside that buoy?
    You: But Judge, everyone does it!
    You: But Judge, my GPS said it was the best route!
    There are usually very good reasons for buoy’s chosen location – wire drag, careful survey, etc. Seems like this needs to be considered if a navionics company is going to claim to have a marine specialization.
    Is the vessel’s draft a parameter that is entered into the chartplotter?

  2. ricknav says:

    A MOB Key on a Mouse Pointer?????
    This just doesn’t make sense. If you are ever unfortunate enough to need to use the MOB key on your mouse, I can guaranty that the MOB Button will not be where you thought you left it!!!
    Instead, it will probably have flown off of the chart table or the holder.
    A proper MOB button shall be bolted down on a vessel so it will be where you need it when you need it.
    The idea of a mouse is great but, don’t put your only MOB button on it.
    Also, yes the Auto-Routing feature does use vessel parameters such as height and keel depth in its calculated route plan. Not still sure if I would use it much. Call me old school.

  3. Jeff Brodeur says:

    Navionics does not have anything to do with the mapping or functionality of Garmin units.
    Not certain what you mean by “claim to have a marine specialization”? Navionics built the first marine electronic chart about 22 years ago, and is the only independent marine mapping company in the business.

  4. Microship says:

    I’m contemplating the 5212 for my new Amazon 44, and played with one in West Marine yesterday. Good interface design, but is the “Guide To” function a bit slow and/or flaky? I tried the epic journey from Anacortes to La Conner (an easy afternoon jaunt), and ten minutes later gave up… the indicator still spinning. Naturally nobody at the store had a clue. Think I was just encountering a setup problem, or inadequate indication that it was in a simulation mode? Is the 5212 ready for prime time?

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    MicroSteve: Yes, Garmin’s Guide To does hang up some times, and distance doesn’t seem to be a factor; but you just have to do another Where To to unhang it. I think Garmin will be improving this and many other issues for many months to come. But the hardware is hard to fault, and it seems like there’s enough headroom for many software improvements.
    By the way, the Amazon 44 looks great; and hope you saw the nice shoutout over at Navagear:

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