NavPlanner 3.13, still needs work

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. Pat Harman says:

    I would like to see a moving map GPS that could display the NOAA ENC charts. Advantage besides cost; are frequent updates and most important they are official and “legal” for navigation.
    I know none of the major manufactures are likely to touch this one, but I can wish.
    Thanks Ben for keeping us informed!
    Pat Harman

  2. Douglas says:

    Try this link..
    ENCs on your Garmin GPS

  3. Pat Harman says:

    Very interesting, I don’t have most of the software tools. But the demonstration in the link upabove shows it can be done.
    I would pay for a utility that did this for my Garmin 2006c. Better yet I would purchase a GPS that worked with the NOAA ENC charts.
    Pat Harman

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m intrigued, but confused… What is it that attracts you to the NOAA ENC charts?
    Is it that they are free of charge? Or do you believe them to be more accurate/up-to-date than the product you can purchase from Garmin/Navionics/C-Map?
    What is the appeal from your perspective?

  5. Pat Harman says:

    Maybe I can clear up some of your confusion. Presumably because the ENC charts are vector they would display better and faster on a GPS moving map display unit that could display them. Cost is certainly a factor, but NOAA charts are official (meaning no disclaimer). The NOAA charts will always be the latest available, so I can down load what I need at the start of every voyage.
    There is plenty of opportunity for commercial cartographers to add value to the NOAA data.
    Pat Harman

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