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BlueChart™ cartography is GARMIN’s exclusive marine cartography. It complements GARMIN’s new line of handheld mapping products and marine chartplotters. This line of cartography products is designed to provide interactive viewing of detailed nautical chart data, thereby providing navigators with innovative object-oriented cartography. These detailed electronic nautical charts look just like paper charts when displayed on your GARMIN chartplotter. Descriptive details for features typically found on nautical charts can easily be viewed with a simple key press. Cursor movements over the chart provide descriptions for contour depths, navaid name, and much more. BlueChart data will include shaded depth contours, inter-tidal zones, spot soundings, wrecks, navaids, port plans, restricted areas, cable areas, anchorages, and more. Additionally, BlueCharts include information from the paper chart used in the digitization process such as, name, scale, revision date, and Notice-to-Mariners date.

Paired with any of our new plotters, this cartography provides the detail of paper charts, giving you twice the coveraqe area of typical charts for half the price. Compatible products include the new GARMIN marine chartplotters: GPSMAP® 176, GPSMAP 176C, GPSMAP 276C, GPSMAP 376C, GPSMAP 172, GPSMAP 182, GPSMAP 192, GPSMAP 178, GPSMAP 188, GPSMAP 198 Sounders, GPSMAP 232, GPSMAP 238 Sounder, GPSMAP 2006, GPSMAP 2010, GPSMAP 3005, GPSMAP 3006 and GPSMAP 3010 ChartPlotters.

BlueChart Features:

  • Vector data with paper chart-like appearance
  • Large coverage areas for ease of selection and greater overall satisfaction
  • Object-oriented functionality provides complete description for chart feature
  • Chart-by-chart presentation provides best resolution and detail that the chart will allow
  • Shaded depth contours and inter-tidal zones with spot soundings
  • Aids to navigation with view range and coverage including light sectors information
  • Port plans
  • U.S. tide data
  • Descriptions for chart name, number, Notice to Mariners date, publisher, and release date
  • Wrecks, restricted areas, cable areas, anchorages, shoals, spoilage and much more
  • Bridges are described indicating construction type, clearance, length, etc.
  • All data in WGS 84 datum

GARMIN serves up this additional cartography in two forms—preprogrammed data cards or MapSource™ CD-ROMs. MapSource CDs contain detailed maps that can be downloaded to data cards or directly to units that don’t accept data cards. A variety of CDs available soon will offer detail that includes offshore cartography, fishing information, inland features, topographic maps, locations of services and attractions and more.

The initial release of BlueChart provides detailed coverage areas for the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. New product releases will occur on an ongoing basis as coverage areas become available, with European coverage coming later this year.

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