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#1 usasail

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 03:05 AM

We are doing a distance race that they give you the actual gps coordinates of different rounding marks (many permanent marks in the same area helps to pick the right one out) Are there any handheld GPS units that you can enter in by hand the coordinates you are sailing to?

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 03:07 AM

We are doing a distance race that they give you the actual gps coordinates of different rounding marks (many permanent marks in the same area helps to pick the right one out) Are there any handheld GPS units that you can enter in by hand the coordinates you are sailing to?

Should be able to with all of them.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 03:08 AM

I have an older Garmin emap and you can only ping waypoints when you go by them. Are the newer ones mostly able to enter by hand?

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 03:10 AM

I have an older Garmin emap and you can only ping waypoints when you go by them. Are the newer ones mostly able to enter by hand?

I've never seen one that does not have the ability to enter lat & long, and I've used many different types. They may exist though.

edit... I'm assuming you are using one meant for navigation at sea - not one with road maps.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 03:13 AM

the one we have from, probably from the late 90's early 00's you're able to enter in the coordinates pretty easy - i forget who made it though. id be surprised if you cant with the Garmin, but then some of their stuff seems to be pretty bad (dont get me wrong, i love the garmin stuff that i've used in a variety of applications though)

#6 HILLY

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 03:28 AM

I have an older Garmin emap and you can only ping waypoints when you go by them. Are the newer ones mostly able to enter by hand?

Go to here;
http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/eMap_OwnersManual.pdf

Go to page 19 to see how to manually enter a waypoint for the emap.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 03:28 AM

We are doing a distance race that they give you the actual gps coordinates of different rounding marks (many permanent marks in the same area helps to pick the right one out) Are there any handheld GPS units that you can enter in by hand the coordinates you are sailing to?


I've never seen one that didn't have that capability.

What kind (make/model) do you have?

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 03:40 AM

I've never used a Garmin eMap, but browsing thru the manual Hilly provided a link to it looks like it's for land use only.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 03:53 AM

I've never used a Garmin eMap, but browsing thru the manual Hilly provided a link to it looks like it's for land use only.

Yeah, J.S. it certainly looks land based, but it is supposed to have the ability to manually enter L /L.
USASAIL, If you are comfortable with the small garmins hand helds, then the e-trex is probably better for the boat as it is "waterproof". If you get an etrex, and it does get wet, open the battery case and dry it out, DO NOT leave for a week in a sailing bag, you WILL kill it....

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 03:55 AM

I've never used a Garmin eMap, but browsing thru the manual Hilly provided a link to it looks like it's for land use only.

I think that's the point; even the lame-ass economy land-intended units have that capability.

If it can store waypoints -- by any means -- you can edit lat/lon.

#11 ozzy58

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 04:00 AM

some,

its easier ( and quicker ) to buy a usb lead and use the pc to enter the points into the hand held

for e trex , lead is about 50% of the cost of the hand held, of course

some hand helds have a card that will work in pc card reader

another work around is to look up the waypoints on google earth or similar, and identify closest landmarks or bearing intersections (real nav ?0,

and if it is home waters, you probably already have many pinged from before

or from google earth, a shopping list of points, courses and distances ( paper ) works just as well,

and use the crumb trail or similar feature as a check

unless they will lay marks at the waypoints

in the middle of nowhere

many rc's will choose w/ points that have a couple of landmarks to make it easy for the bouy boat people to lay the marks

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 05:56 AM

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From the eTrex user manual at http://www8.garmin.c...wnersManual.pdf

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 07:02 AM

ozzy58 Hope you can help. I've got a Garmin 550 with g card. Can I hook it up to my PC & download information. I've done it on a friends GPS, just didn't think I could do it on mine. Thanks John.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 07:53 AM

some need garmin software, some do not

ask garmin

some cards can be read / written in pc slot, some need the software

good luck

happy hunting

or do a dummy run of the course ................................................

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 07:57 AM

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 08:55 AM

We have done a distance race the past two years on an inland lake, the first year we had a fancy gps and it worked wonderfully for finding marks at night.
This past year when we went to do the race the contact with the GPS fell through so at the last moment we ended up using and Iphone and the GPS Motion-x app for it. It actually worked better than the GPS the year before and was less hassle. We just had a waterproof bag for it and it worked wonderfully.

Now that is on an inland lake where the worst thing that could really happen is we run aground.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 12:39 PM

usually the easiest thing to do..., is to just make a waypoint anywhere, and then edit the coordinates.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 01:09 PM

usually the easiest thing to do..., is to just make a waypoint anywhere, and then edit the coordinates.


This.

Also, I recommend you double-check the coordinates given by the RC -- plot them on a current paper chart and make sure they correspond to the intended marks. I can tell you it sucks to go to the coordinates given in the SI's and discover that the buoy to be rounded is actually 7 miles somewhere else (the RC had used a long out-of-date chart).

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 11:12 PM

usually the easiest thing to do..., is to just make a waypoint anywhere, and then edit the coordinates.

+1 - This is what I do all the time...

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 11:35 PM


usually the easiest thing to do..., is to just make a waypoint anywhere, and then edit the coordinates.

+1 - This is what I do all the time...


Another who does this. I have an Etrex and I think that's the only way to do it with those. You create a "Mark" at your current position, then edit the coords to the waypoint you want to create, and name it. They do seem intended more for hiking type activities than marine. I have a Lowrance as well but can't remember how that one goes.

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 01:17 AM

Just grab your iPhone, spend $1.00 on the motionX app and use it instead. The 'waypoints' tab makes it super easy to input your digits.

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 06:39 AM

Yep ozzt58 Garmin unit wasn't handy when posted . Model is GPSMAP 551/551s/

https://buy.garmin.c...D=28742&ra=true

Anyway it doesn't have a USB port.
Can't "Do course" before 'cos it will be my first time there.
Thanks anyway John




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