Marine Electronics Forum - Garmin Chartplotter-northup, track up, course up?

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Leo
06-29-2006, 11:23 AM
Just asking which setting most owners prefer. Factory default is north up. Likes or dislikes about the settings. Seems that course up is easier for me to navigate with.


Hammer
06-29-2006, 11:28 AM
I use "course up"!

cgrand
06-29-2006, 11:30 AM
course up


Glen E
06-29-2006, 11:43 AM
Course up for me....however there is an unsubstantiated rumor floating around that weather works better in the the north up psotion...have not been able to verify yet....

t5miami
06-29-2006, 11:59 AM
North up for me. Just like reading a paper chart or map... North is always up.

arizona
06-29-2006, 12:05 PM
My preferences:

Course up when underway.

North up when studing map or when reviewing which way storms are heading. Course up tends to move the map around while you are sitting still and makes the map hard to read. I wish GPS manufacturers would put a real compass in all GPSs instead of just the small ones.

cgrand
06-29-2006, 01:12 PM
Glen E - 6/29/2006 9:43 AM

Course up for me....however there is an unsubstantiated rumor floating around that weather works better in the the north up psotion...have not been able to verify yet....

coincidentally i noticed this last weekend
i switched to north up because the storm direction is easier to read and all of a sudden i was getting returns that weren't there before, with less skipping

Nepenthe
06-29-2006, 01:38 PM
I like "course up" while underway because it mimics the view from the helm. If there's a green buoy to port ahead, as viewed from the helm, I like to see it that way on the GPS as well. It may not be traditional as it relates to paper charts, and I think it's prudent to exercise your mind with "North up" in the event that you may have to revert to paper charts, but I view "course up" as a safety improvement that decreases the chance of navigational error.

warthog5
06-29-2006, 02:25 PM
I keep it on North up.

Joe
06-29-2006, 02:32 PM
Nepenthe - 6/29/2006 1:38 PM

I like "course up" while underway because it mimics the view from the helm. If there's a green buoy to port ahead, as viewed from the helm, I like to see it that way on the GPS as well. It may not be traditional as it relates to paper charts, and I think it's prudent to exercise your mind with "North up" in the event that you may have to revert to paper charts, but I view "course up" as a safety improvement that decreases the chance of navigational error.

What he said.

I tried it with the north up for reasons stated above, but couldn't ever get used to it, and spent more time trying to figure out where I was in relation to the map. I thgink i could see where "north up" may work better in an actual navigation, "how do I get to somewhere 100 miles from here" situation though.

fairgame
06-29-2006, 03:46 PM
Track up for navigation, north up when I am using the XM weather to view storms.

RUNKELDC
06-29-2006, 06:01 PM
North up.

UBETRUN
06-29-2006, 06:48 PM
Joe - 6/29/2006 12:32 PM

Nepenthe - 6/29/2006 1:38 PM

I like "course up" while underway because it mimics the view from the helm. If there's a green buoy to port ahead, as viewed from the helm, I like to see it that way on the GPS as well. It may not be traditional as it relates to paper charts, and I think it's prudent to exercise your mind with "North up" in the event that you may have to revert to paper charts, but I view "course up" as a safety improvement that decreases the chance of navigational error.

What he said.

I tried it with the north up for reasons stated above, but couldn't ever get used to it, and spent more time trying to figure out where I was in relation to the map. I thgink i could see where "north up" may work better in an actual navigation, "how do I get to somewhere 100 miles from here" situation though.

Same here, course up when running and north up when I need to get my bearings :thumbsup:

Five Seas
06-29-2006, 06:53 PM
Course up, for me. But now I'll have to run a comparison while watching the weather, in North up. Thanks, for heads up.

prowlersfish
06-29-2006, 08:18 PM
Course up

Dantilu
06-29-2006, 08:34 PM
Course up..... See where your going...

bluewaterpirate
06-29-2006, 09:09 PM
North up ..... 30 year Navy man

dpowell
06-30-2006, 12:04 AM
North up, I can always use the "high-way" view if I want a change.

4000
06-30-2006, 12:30 AM
The captain who delivered my boat and taught me how to use all the systems used north up so I just stuck with it. Simply looks like a moving paper chart. I tried course up and. . . I guess it's just habit but I found my self turning my head left and right to go back to what I was used to.

BobT
06-30-2006, 02:05 PM
North Up.

John_Madison CT
06-30-2006, 05:14 PM
North Up. It's like a paper chart in front of me that stays put and my boat moves on the chart.

Bokat
06-30-2006, 07:17 PM
Course up for me. The GPS matches what is out the windows, front and side and on the radar. Better situational awareness, all airplanes use electronic maps in that orientation for that reason.

Hawkeye
06-30-2006, 11:55 PM
course up for me. With noth up you have to figure out exactly which way you are pointed all the time. With course up where your going is in front of you. If I want to get my bearings I just look at my compus. I have not found a charter captian yet that uses North up. They have all used course up. Its just easier to home in on your target if its a on top. A little left or right and you can easily tell.

BW
07-04-2006, 01:36 AM
north up

jethro1
07-04-2006, 06:52 PM
North up. I keep my paper charts north up as well.

ocnslr
07-04-2006, 08:03 PM
NORTH Up.

Just too many years on the bridge of ships to do otherwise.

Brian

Master, Oceans, Steam, Motor or Sail, 1600-Tons; Chief Mate, Oceans, Unlimited Tonnage.



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