Skykomish E29 6:23pm, 16 October 2007
Further to our discussion in the photo pool I have dug out the cheapest supplier that i can find for Maptech p.c. charts compatible for laptops. unless somebody is planning a round Britain marathon most will get away with only needing one disc, as the coverage is so comprehensive.
www.maps-warehouse.co.uk

Scroll down to maptech marine section.
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NormanKlipspringer 11 years ago
Thanks for this Malcolm.
Skykomish E29 11 years ago
GPS receiver head for computers can be obtained from:

www.gps-galore.com

just down the road from you Norman relatively speaking,
they do a full range of receivers, I purchased mine from them on Ebay a little cheaper, mine is the small 7000 model not as weather proof as the full blown marine version they sell but at rrp of £40, for the amount I will probably use it it will be sufficient.
I can easily make a small waterproof housing for it.
Skykomish E29 11 years ago
I have just tried out the RYA instruction cd for plotters on my laptop as part of my day skipper course, and can't wait to try the real thing as it is soooooo easy to plot a course with waypoints and really clear to see. plus setting the course error alarms makes for a great bit of kit for navigation . I can see how people are lured into relying on their GPS system. The big screen makes it all so simple I wouldn't want to use one of those tiny 5 inch things now!
Skykomish E29 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Skykomish E29 (member) 11 years ago
Just come back from Excel Boat show clutching my newAdmiralty Electronic chart package £49.95 for a folio of Electronic charts on one Disc that cover from Plymouth to Kings Lynn in Norfolk pretty good value I would think!!
have tried it out on the laptop with my GPS head and works great ... just got to install on the boat.
An interesting hand held GPS that I saw at the show is from Lowrance it has full colour charts and resolution is brilliant ... At Excel they were doing it complete with a chart memory chip for just £250. Had I not gone down the laptop route I would certainly have been tempted with this great piece of kit!!
Skykomish E29 10 years ago
I have brought this to the top of discussion to compliment the new thread on this subject
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