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Which (Free)Planning app to use with a lowrance plotter

Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:54 pm

:help Following the Great Wild West Adventure, I want to view the routes that I have saved onto the SD card on my Lowrance Elite 4 plotter......

Speaking to Navionics who supply (at a cost) the charts, they don't have a facility to view saved routes/trails etc on their web viewer....suggesting that you have to buy at further expense a planner.....but which one and are there any "free" ones that are any good???

Over to the wealth and experience that is this forum..... :thumbsup

Re: Which (Free)Planning app to use with a lowrance plotter

Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:30 pm

Not tried it myself but have been told it can be done with i-boating http://i-boating-marine-fishing-maps.soft112.com or with Embark http://embark-nautical-charts.soft112.com :Confused
I've the same setup as you so would be interested with your findings :idea:
:cheers

Re: Which (Free)Planning app to use with a lowrance plotter

Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:52 pm

Hello sparerib and Paul, what you need to do is copy the gpx file of your trip from the Lowrance SD card onto your computer. I use Garmin Homeport (which crashes on Macs) Garmin Basecamp, Memorymap and Anquet Outdoor Map Navigator on my computer which all read gpx files but you need to buy or subscribe to maps for these to work but you can either get your track to appear on marine charts or OS maps, whatever you have paid for:

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Anquet OMN OS 1:50,000

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Memory Map Bitmap Admiralty chart BA2094 1:100,000

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Garmin Homeport Vector Bluechart



There is a free work around. Convert your gpx file to a kmz file using gpxvisualiser web tool

then import the kmz file into either Google Maps or Google earth

in google maps

>log into your google account

>my maps

>create map

>import (drag the kmz file into the box that opens)

Hey presto!
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Google maps base map

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Google maps satellite

Of course I could not possibly recommend you search BitTorrent sites for free maps as that would expose your computer to all sorts of nasties.

You don't need to have a Lowrance or other GPS unit. There are plenty of Android and iOS apps that will use your phone GPS to create a gpx track. Of course don't expect your phone battery to last long with the GPS running!

Have fun, Douglas :)

Re: Which (Free)Planning app to use with a lowrance plotter

Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:11 pm

Great info thanks Douglas.....my only problem now is there isn't enough room on the Navionics card to save it to(or so the plotter says.....nearly 1.5Gb free !) .....just tried to buy a separate 2Gb micro sd card, the smallest I can find in St Andrews is 16Gb.....my how times have changed, when I bust my first pc all I could afford for ram was 128Mb......now you can get a 128Gb o a usb stick for less than £50....I feel old !!

Re: Which (Free)Planning app to use with a lowrance plotter

Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:59 pm

Hi Sparerib your card with the Navionics maps might be write protected.

A whole 128mb in a first PC??? You were lucky, my first PC had 4K!!! :)

You must be very young!

Douglas

Re: Which (Free)Planning app to use with a lowrance plotter

Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:28 pm

Times move on and things get cheaper lol, I've got a NAS with 3tb that only cost £110.
SD cards are cheap as chips these days, even for a fast read/write card. Well worth investing in.
I think most Seni basic PC's come with 8gb of ram and 500gb hdd these days. Quite funny really :lol:
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