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Old 05-19-2004, 07:32 AM
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I'm thinking about gettin the data card programmer, for bluecharts, but how big should the card be? they run from 8 megs to 256 megs. I have the 2006c and I'll only be using these for bluechart not streetmaps etc.

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Old 05-19-2004, 07:54 AM
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I depends on the region you are loading and whether you plan to put more than one unlock region on a single card. A 16MB would handle almost any single region mapset. I would get a 32MB because frankly there is not much difference in price and then you have the flexibility. Unless you plan to put the whole East or West coasts on your card, you don;t need more than 32MB.
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Old 05-19-2004, 08:10 AM
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I'm in RI. Every chart in the northeast region on the CD totals 8.7 meg. The area covers from North Carolina to New Brunswick, though most detailed maps are for CT, RI and MA. I chose the 16mb.
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Old 05-19-2004, 08:17 AM
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Garmin recently drastically cut the price of their cards. Here's an example (scroll to the bottom)

Not arguing with the above posts, but for the price difference, I'm going with the 128MB card. Just another thing I'll never have to worry about.

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Old 05-19-2004, 08:52 AM
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Wow!

They really have dropped the prices on the cards.. Now, if they would only lower the price of the USB programmer cable and the CD's.. They are pretty proud of that cable, that's fer sure...
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Old 05-19-2004, 09:49 AM
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Old 05-19-2004, 04:49 PM
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150Sport - 5/19/2004 8:17 AM

Garmin recently drastically cut the price of their cards. Here's an example (scroll to the bottom)

Not arguing with the above posts, but for the price difference, I'm going with the 128MB card. Just another thing I'll never have to worry about.
yes, get larger capacity, just in case. carry a spare card, w/ maps and waypoints with you on the boat. and, finally, why can't garmin just use generic secure digital cards instead of their proprietary ones?
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Old 05-19-2004, 06:31 PM
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What does the cord that goes to the computer to put the data on the card cost?? I have the Bluechart CD for an older GPS and now have a new 232 would like to be able to use this data again.
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Old 05-20-2004, 07:21 AM
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I saw it at Dave's for $56.00 http://www.brokenlegdave.com/Manufac...0-10363-00.htm

that's about 1/2 what they were last year Tom D
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Old 05-20-2004, 07:31 AM
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Man those prices are about 1/2 of what they used to be. I would get two cards neither smaller than 16 mb. You need one to download new software or backup waypoints, tracks and routes on. When you put new software on a chip it erases everyting already on it first so I like one just for that. At the prices shown I would probably go 16 and 64. I currently have a 16 and 32 and have a ton of room left on the 32, I think 15 mb after loading all of NC and LA..

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Old 05-21-2004, 10:39 PM
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I've got a 128MB card with every map in 3 Bluechart Regions, Street Maps, East Coast Bathy and only use about 30% of the card. If I had to do it again, I'd get a couple of 32MB cards instead. One for Local use and another for extended cruising.
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