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Garmin G2/G3 chart naming glitch
Ben Ellison: But why can I download G3 charts if I can’t use them?
Garmin customer support: You aren't. You're only downloading the maps you previously had. They have changed the names on the maps to the current names to show that you can update to the G3. That's what makes it confusing.
Ben Ellison: Wow, I guess.
So if you own a Garmin MFD that came with G2 Bluecharts built-in, you might notice that your ActiveCaptain app (and/or Garmin Express) now indicate that you own built-in G3 Bluecharts for the same area. But you don't. Garmin only changed the name from G2 to G3 any charts you download will still be G2 (unless you buy the G3 update).
Apparently, Garmin did this so we can update to G3, but, dang, it took me a long time to figure out, and cost Garmin a looooong chat session.
Ben I missed this glitch.... but i did go ahead and buy the new G3 charts because if I understand what I was seeing; i believe the Garmin charts had not been updated since 2012. New ones came out this year and the US & Canada charts kit was about $200.
I do really like the 3D pilot view and overall pretty happy with the Garmin stuff.
this may be a stretch to include this question on this thread, but... I'm trying to avoid buying any new Garmin, hoping to get another year or two out of my 12 year old Garmin. Last season lost the antenna, tried the replacement Garmin recommended unsuccessfully. I believe my main unit is fine; having Replace the Antenna issues. What I really hope is this: is there somebody with a "bench" in MidCoast Maine who can put my machine "on the bench" and determine the antenna issue. Or is it naive to believe that there's anyone who can even connect a power to a 12 year old machine? Does anyone do this sort of work anymore to save me $800? Thanks, Doug Day, Valencia
(writing from 50 yards away from Gizmo in Camden Harbor, from my condo)
Hi Doug, I'm pretty sure that Midcoast Marine Electronics in Rockland can bench test your Garmin but it may be expensive and even if they can fix it, you'll end up with a very out of date GPS plotter anyway. In those 12 years you got your money's worth and the technology has vastly improved in many ways including value.
Doug I’m just a commenter here like you but Ben’s likely right. Perhaps you could find a gently used newer generation unit on eBay(?)
also, being a Garmin owner, have you updated your charts? If so, you should be able to reload those charts on another unit if it’s not loaded with the ones you want. Good luck!
Doug, if you can drop it off at Navroc.com in Rockland, with the power cable, we can potentially test another antenna or position source with it.
Garmin has changed power cables a few times so no guarantee we'd have the right power cable in stock.
We also have a new 7" Garmin 70cv I think we bought on closeout for not much money for sale, with the local G3 charts in it and all software updates. it has a built in antenna.