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Old 03-05-2012, 10:01 AM
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Default How do you plan routes/way points on PC and load GPS device

I'm looking to purchase a Simrad NSS-12. I currently plan routes on the boat, which is time consuming and error prone (fat fingers). I would like to purchase (if it exist) software that allows me to plan routes at home (PC) and then load those route/waypoints to Simrad device.

Yes, i know that the Simrad NSS-12 makes it simpler to enter on device. I'm still looking to plan outtings from the comfront of my home.

I assume the device to transport between PC/Unit would be a memory card. Are there any software packages that allow me to do this? Does the Simrad NSS-12, support upload / downloads of routes/waypoints?

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There are hundreds of different ways you could do this. One of the cheapest and easiest ways to do it is to purchase the Navionics app for your PC. I think it costs about $30. You can create routes and waypoints on the Navionics app on your PC by simply clicking with your mouse on the charts. You then need to transfer the route to your NSS12 in format that the NSS12 can read. I have an NSS8, and I use the .gpx format. Copy the Navionics route onto a microSD card using the PC, then insert the microSD card into the NSS unit, and copy the route from the microSD card to the NSS unit. The route should then be stored on your NSS unit to be used anytime you want to use it.

There are dozens of different software programs similar to the Navionics app which can used to do the same thing. Some are available for free on the internet, and some cost up to $700 or $800 dollars.

One free program is Open CPN: http://opencpn.org/ocpn/ You have to download and install the software, and then you have to download the particular charts for your area. You can then plan your routes and transfer them to the NSS unit with a microSD card. There is a learning curve with most of the free programs, and I believe only the U.S. Charts can be downloaded for free (Canadian charts cost money).

Another option is Polar View which is very user-friendly, and costs about $50: http://www.polarnavy.com/
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My mistake - I bought the Navionics app for my PC last year for $29, but I see that they are now charging $49 for it.
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So when i search on Navionics, i located a NavPlanner and a product from Fugawai. Both of these seem to be in a few hunder bucks. I ran across Nobeltech trident, which is a few hunder bucks as well.

I'm having a problem accessing the Polar Navy site, and will try to research more of that product.
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At the Navionics website (www.navionics.com), click on Web Store. You will then have to download and install the "Navionics World" app. Once you have that installed, you can select the region you want, and then pay and download the chart app. It's kind of a lot of hoops to jump through, but its nice and easy once you get it installed. Also, I believe the Insight cartography that is pre-installed on the Simrad units is based on the Navionics chart data.

Once you get the Navionics app installed and you create and save a route, you have to then click on "Settings" and then click on "Save To Card". Several choices will pop up for which type of chartplotter you have. Choose Lowrance, and then select "GPX Format" (you can also select "Humminbird" and "GPX Format). The route will then save to your card and can be read by your Simrad NSS.
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Try EasyGPS. It is free and real easy. I used it to take the waypoints off of my Garmin 188c and loaded them into my Lowrance HDS 8.

I did have to make a custom serial cable for the 188c but if like the HDS 8 you have sd card you can save directly to sd card and transfer sd card to between pc and Simrad NSS-12. Easy GPS may be a quick and easy resolution for you.

You can make routes and it has a neat interface to do it visually

Dave

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Default NavigationPLANNER to read Navionics charts.

Most of these things have been discontinued. PC App is no longer, NavPlanner, NavPlanner II but with some of these you can update them to the NavigationPLANNER. See www.yachtingsoftware.com as they sell it and also www.navigationplanner.com who do the upgrade packages.
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I use Garmin's Homeport .... I have a GArmin 740 and Simrad NSS8. You can plan on Homeport and transfer all your wps & routes in gpx format to the Simrad. Cost is $29.00
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Originally Posted by mojotank View Post
I would like to purchase (if it exist) software that allows me to plan routes at home (PC) and then load those route/waypoints to Simrad device.
The real concern or question here is the ability of the computer-based chart plotter to use the same digital cartography that is used in your boat's chart plotter. In general to get that sort of integration you have to use the software from the company that published the digitial charts you are using, if there is such software available from them or from another vendor.

I use POLAR VIEW NS from Polar Navy. It is a terrific computer-based chart plotter and navigation planner. However, it uses NOAA charts. The NOAA charts are free, and Polar View HS has a wonder feature for downloading them and keeping them up to date.
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Folks, take a look at the recently released user file management software (Insight Planner) from Navico. You can mark waypoints/trails and plan routes in .usr format and copy into both Simrad and Lowrance units.

http://www.lowrance.com/InsightPlanner-en-us.aspx

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