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Old 10-01-2011, 09:12 AM
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Hi, just bought Garmin 4212 & wondering if it's worth getting a vision card for fishing in gulf. Is it really much different than the preloaded charts?
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I don't think so. I fish out of Steinhatchee offshore and didn't notice any benefit, at least not in that area.
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Old 10-02-2011, 04:47 AM
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Thanks Shel.
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This question would usually get a lot of answers. The only real use I've gotten out of mine is overhead photos of marinas I have not been to before, but lots of people think they are the best thing since sliced bread.

Maybe we'll get more input.
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I have a 7212 and the g2 cards are needed if you want the auto routing for the auto pilot which is really nice so for me it's mandatory.
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I have the 4212 with the G2 card and I love the automatic routing, its great for me. Plots your course in less than a minute and then you can review following the course line anywhere in the G2 area.
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Old 10-02-2011, 01:33 PM
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The charts are identical. The Pluses in the Vision Card are the aerial views (useful) and the autorouting, something similar to what your car GPS does, available only from Garmin. If you bought a MFD without preloaded charts, its a nobrainer. If your chart plotter has the built in charts, the extra features are worth while if you go to new places.
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I bought mine primarily for the auto routing feature but it doesn't really work for me. I boat mostly on the Atlantic ICW and around here there are some narrow cuts and lots of turns. One cut in particular, it won't route me through even if I tell it to go from one end to the other (1/4 mile or less). It sends me thirty miles out of my way into the ocean. I suppose it's because the cut is narrow, but it's the ICW and tugs and barges go through there all the time.

I've also tried to have it plot a trip up or down the ICW, but if it's a long trip with lots of turns, it just does nothing.

I just plan my trips on my PC with HomePort.
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Originally Posted by rwidman View Post
I bought mine primarily for the auto routing feature but it doesn't really work for me. I boat mostly on the Atlantic ICW and around here there are some narrow cuts and lots of turns. One cut in particular, it won't route me through even if I tell it to go from one end to the other (1/4 mile or less). It sends me thirty miles out of my way into the ocean. I suppose it's because the cut is narrow, but it's the ICW and tugs and barges go through there all the time.

I've also tried to have it plot a trip up or down the ICW, but if it's a long trip with lots of turns, it just does nothing.

I just plan my trips on my PC with HomePort.
Is yours from Charleston up to Va?? If so and you want to sell it, please let me know! Some one removed mine from my boat..
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Only the basic navigation charts are the same. The G2 vision also has bathymetric charts which are valuable to people who fish.

Granted, the bottom of the gulf is kind of like a plate filled with sand, but in areas with natural structure they can be invaluable in finding fish.

They are also more up to date than the charts that were loaded in your Garmin chartplotter 5 years ago.

Is it worth the $400? Well, is anything in boating or fishing worth the money we pay for it?
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I just bought the same unit and got the G2 vision card for $275.00. It was a great investment and definitely one I would do again if anything ever happen to it.
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I LOVE my G2 Vision chip.... your only using 1/2 your plotter without it:

The G2 Vision chip gives you:
- Bathymetric bottom detail (detailed fishing charts of the bottom contours).

- Auto Routing Guidance feature: point to a spot and let the plotter make a route to it.

- Photo's: Real Helicopter photos of marina's, port entrances, inlets, bays.... so if you've never been there before, you can check out exactly what it looks like from the air before arriving. VERY helpful.

- Google earth type satellite photo chart overlays

- Updated charts from time to time to replace the built in charts

- Additional 3D views enabled on the chartplotter!!
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We did a side X side comparison recently of the 4xx & 5xx models at a retailer with & without the G2 vision card.

Got a 441s without the card.


Did not like how it slowed down the processor.
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Originally Posted by frugal boater View Post
We did a side X side comparison recently of the 4xx & 5xx models at a retailer with & without the G2 vision card.

Got a 441s without the card.


Did not like how it slowed down the processor.
It does not slow down the processor, UNLESS you turn on the Sattelite Photo overlay. I don't like those anyway, they are useless for nav really.
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Originally Posted by frugal boater View Post
We did a side X side comparison recently of the 4xx & 5xx models at a retailer with & without the G2 vision card.

Got a 441s without the card.


Did not like how it slowed down the processor.
Turn off the photo overlay and it runs like a champ. I never use the photo overlay.

The 441s is a great unit for the price.
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Totally, the 3D graphics and weather data is amazing.
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Originally Posted by hullofaday View Post
Totally, the 3D graphics and weather data is amazing.
Weather is not part of the G2 Vision card.
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Originally Posted by rwidman View Post
Weather is not part of the G2 Vision card.
True, BUT, if you have the Vision card, you can use some 3D displays with Weather overlayed on them, which I'm not sure you can do without the Vision chip.
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Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
True, BUT, if you have the Vision card, you can use some 3D displays with Weather overlayed on them, which I'm not sure you can do without the Vision chip.
I didn't want somebody to buy a G2 Vision card thinking it was going to provide weather forecasts.
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Originally Posted by rwidman View Post
I didn't want somebody to buy a G2 Vision card thinking it was going to provide weather forecasts.
Why not? Aren't you on the Garmin kickbacks schedule??
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