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Using Garmin nRoute for water navigation
Trophy
I have a Garmin Map 76CSx with BlueChart Waterway maps. I downloaded nRoute 276.ex from gpsinformation. However, when I was uploading a pop-up indicated that a previous version of nRoute was not installed, the upload was canceled. I tried other options to upload to no avail. Does anyone use nRoute for water navigation, or is there another software program for this use? I have a USB connection to the CSx and a Windows 7 tablet computer. What are my options? Thanks.
tcassidy
To install nRoute on a new system you must have MapSource. However, you can't load MapSource on a new system either. The trick is to download and install BaseCamp from Garmin. Then MapSource will install.

BaseCamp

Terry
t1d
Hi, Trophy,

For laptop use, check out SeaClear II and OkMap. Both have been discussed on this forum. I searched both names and discussion threads are available. Both are free programs.

I have SeaClear II and have played with it a bit. However, I have not used it on a boat. It didn't take too long to figure it out. It runs NOAA charts which can be downloaded for free from their .gov site.
tcassidy
I might also mention that you should save the download of nRoute. The only reason a download ('upload') would quit with a message is you chose 'run' rather than 'save'. That is not a good idea for a program you may want to reinstall at some later date. What if it is no longer available!

Terry
Trophy
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcassidy
To install nRoute on a new system you must have MapSource. However, you can't load MapSource on a new system either. The trick is to download and install BaseCamp from Garmin. Then MapSource will install.

BaseCamp

Terry
Thanks for the come-back. I was able to install BaseCamp, MapSource and nRoute to my Tablet. I opened a file in MapSource and was able to create and save routes. The Routes were saved in version 2 gdb (also tried v3 but was informed to use v2 or earlier. Next I opened nRoute and requested an import from my saved MapSource file. I was prompted to connect and turn on my Garmin Cx GPS. nRoute indicated that I was Ready to Navigate, but the MapSource file did not load. Any suggestions?
Trophy
Quote:
Originally Posted by t1dunn
Hi, Trophy,

For laptop use, check out SeaClear II and OkMap. Both have been discussed on this forum. I searched both names and discussion threads are available. Both are free programs.

I have SeaClear II and have played with it a bit. However, I have not used it on a boat. It didn't take too long to figure it out. It runs NOAA charts which can be downloaded for free from their .gov site.
Thanks. I give that system a try if I cannot get this one going.
Trophy
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcassidy
I might also mention that you should save the download of nRoute. The only reason a download ('upload') would quit with a message is you chose 'run' rather than 'save'. That is not a good idea for a program you may want to reinstall at some later date. What if it is no longer available!

Terry
Hi Terry,

Thanks for the tip... I'll save the install program.
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by Trophy
I was prompted to connect and turn on my Garmin Cx GPS. nRoute indicated that I was Ready to Navigate, but the MapSource file did not load. Any suggestions?
How do you know the Mapsource file did not load?

Did you check the "Saved Routes" tab in nRoute to see if your routes were there?

Can you see your maps in nRoute?

...ken...
tcassidy
Once you find the routes in the Saved Routes tab, right click on the one you want and choose Activate Route.

Terry
Trophy
Hi Terry,

I was able to find the file, open it and use it for navigation. But additional files are appended to the nRoute in lieu of separate files for different trips.

Just returned from a trial trip using nRoute... worked fine.

However, when I plan a new trip, save, then send to device, the new trip is added to the previous trip.

The procedure I follow:

1 Open MapSource untitled file
2 Plan a trip, save as name.gdb v2
3 Transfer to GPS cx, send and close MapSource
4 Open nRoute, turn on GPS cx
5 Go to file Import then highlight new file

The new file is in nRoute added to the previous trip. In essence, I can see both trips (one going North and one South) in the same file. Perhaps this is the way it works. But I was under the impression I could have separate files for different trips. Any suggestions on what I'm doing incorrectly?
tcassidy
Make sure you know what the name of the particular file is you created in MapSource and where you saved it.Open nRoute and ok past the GPS warning without starting your cx. Check the Saved Routes tab to see what routes you already have. Delete the ones you no longer want. If the tabs don't show along the bottom of nRoute, press F12.

Select File - Import and change the 'File of type:' drop down to 'Garmin GPS Database Files(*.gdb)'. Navigate to the folder where you saved the MapSource routes, select the one you want and click the Import button.

The route should now show in the Saved Routes tab. Right click it and choose Activate. Now you can start your GPS and the route will be calculated.

Terry
Ken in Regina
Trophy,

All of the routes listed on the Saved Routes tab are not a single, joined route. They are all individual routes. You select any one of them and activate it and you will get just that one route.

...ken...
Trophy
Still trying to establish a routine. I turned of the Autonaming and was able to collapse the detail to two routes. However, when I open nRoute it continues to show me one route. When I open another route it superimposes the route in yellow. See link TechSmith | Screencast.com, online video sharing, 2010-08-04_1327

I'm able to perform all of the functions with the exception of saving and transferring separate maps. I've tried most general procedures like restarting and rewritting the routes to no avail.

The procedure that I followed is:

1 Open MapSource untitled file
2 Plan a trip, save and name.gdb v2
3 Close MapSource
4 Open nRoute and import the file from MapSource.
5 Turn on CX, obtain satelites.
6 Ready to Navigate (shows two Routes)

I'm not sure how to determine the missing step.
tcassidy
Go to Edit - Preferences Display tab and change Show Routes to Active instead of All. However on my computer, the active route shows green. How come neither of yours is green - have you actually made one active?

Terry
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