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Old 03-05-2012, 06:53 AM
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Default Humminbird (Navionics) equivalent to Garmin G2 Vision Auto-guidance?

Hey everyone,

I'm doing research for a new GPS/Sounder Combo, and I was wondering if Humminbird (through Navionics, I would assume) has any equivalent technology similar to Garmin's G2 Vision Auto-guidance. I've read and read but I think I'm getting lost in each company's lingo. As a newer boater who wants to branch out to new areas, I like the idea of a little help in taking the best/safest (I'm thinking depth here) route to a new destination.

Anyone have any experience with either of these technologies. I've never had an on-water GPS...am I spinning my wheels here for no reason? Thanks all. Take care.
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BTT just once, just in case I missed someone. Thanks.
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No ... I use both G2 Vision and Navionics Plat +.
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I was intrigued by this feature as well. Only garmin has it. It does sound like a cool feature. One of the things I hate about all other units is having to set to many waypoints and creating routes. But so many times, I want to get from D to H but I'm at C. So you have to create tons of routes to get to H from so many other spots. And worse, some units, when you deviate from a route, they insist on taking you back to the route path directly, sometimes 90 degrees, they don't just adjust to whatever the next waypoint is. In fairness, it's because they can't read their own maps do know there's still plenty of depth from the point you are at to the next waypoint.

One issue with AutoGuidance though, is just how useful is it in bay areas with so much water under 3' that a lot of boats can still get through. I had read some posts where Garmin had changed the behaviour to a min of 6' making the feature almost worthless for small boaters that can almost go anywhere and just want to avoid 1' areas.

If it wasn't for the way Garmin broke out their regions, I would probably go with a garmin. But since I boat on both sides of FL, I would need to buy TWO vision cards and them to keep them up to date would just add up.

It's frustrating, I wish Garmin would release an ALL FL and Bahamas map. That's why I will probably have to go with Lowrance or Raymarine.
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Auto Guidance Video .....


http://bluewaterpirate.phanfare.com/4683060_5216347
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Nice video. It shows that he could change the min depth to whatever he wanted, but then the video is from 2010. I recall some posts stating that a garmin update had changed this and made it more restrictive to set a low min depth.

Any garmin users with the latest update care to chime in? Can you still set your min depth to say 2' ?
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I'm running the latest updates ..... Here's what has been added/modified

Fixed problem with doing Auto Guidance to buoys or lights
Sped up Auto Guidance searching when there is no solution
Added a control for shore-line proximity tolerance which allows the user to choose tighter margins for passage through narrow channels or set a larger distance margin from the shoreline.
When following Auto guidance added a navigation option to recalculate Auto guidance to the current destination from the boat's current position.
Potentially dangerous points along auto guidance paths will be outlined in red. After the auto guidance calculation completes, a message will appear if there are potentially unsafe areas along the path.


Yes .....
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Nice, good to here. Now if they'd just offer a better map region for all of FL ......
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A little Homeport video .... playback functionality.

http://bluewaterpirate.phanfare.com/5431412_6229802
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Thanks... exactly what I needed. Just don't think it's worth the money difference for me to buy a Garmin and then a card versus a nice Humminbird. I'm boating in upper Tampa Bay and want to head south to explore Long Boat Key area. I could take the time to create my own route I guess. Trying to get the most bang for my buck. Thanks again everyone

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