October 23, 2003
BRINGS FREE CHARTS TO THE GARMIN IQUE
software now runs on the Garmin iQue
Fugawi™ Marine ENC can now be used to transfer rasterized
charts to the Garmin iQue™ 3600, Garmin iQue™ M5, or
other Palm or Pocket PC handheld computers. This includes the new
free-of-charge and highly detailed NOAA ENC® charts (Electronic
chart types include:
- NOAA ENC
vector nautical charts (S-57 format) of US coastal waters
- IENC vector
nautical charts (S-57 format) of US inland waterways, published
by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
- Raster nautical
charts such as NOAA RNC, MAPTECH™, NDI Digital Ocean®
(BSB) and SoftChart
- Land maps
such as Fugawi Digital Maps, MAPTECH, USGS DRG maps and many others
- User scanned
paper maps or any map file in bmp, gif, jpg, pcx, or tif format
ENC works on a PC or laptop and, when connected to a GPS, allows
boaters to navigate in real-time, providing features such as moving
map navigation using industry standard charts; easy “point-and-click”
route creation; and GPS upload and download of waypoints, routes,
ENC is the only marine package to come standard with software for
Windows as well as Pocket PC and Palm OS (now including the Garmin
iQue 3600) handheld devices.
ENC also supports the free-of-charge NOAA ENC vector-based coastal
and harbor charts of US waters. Developed by the Office of Coast
Survey and NOAA, and now numbering over 450, the catalog of these
harbor and coastal charts is continually growing, and better yet,
the data and subsequent updates are available free-of-charge from:
Charts at this location are updated for Notice to Mariners on at
least a monthly basis.
Electronic Navigation Charts (IENC) of US waters are being developed
by the US Army Corps of Engineers and are also free-of-charge, available
Sam Rea, President
of Fugawi software says, “Good PC-based navigation software
has been available for several years now, but boaters are often
confronted by a large upfront cost to purchase the required detail
nautical charts. With Fugawi Marine ENC, we have minimized this
problem by providing all the currently available ENC vector charts
for US waters at no charge.”
see widespread use of this excellent (and free) chart data though
products such as Fugawi Marine ENC”, continues Rea.
ENC software is supplied with currently available coastal NOAA ENC
Charts and Inland IENC charts on CD-ROM. Users can download expanded
coverage and updates at no charge.
Fugawi Marine ENC is available now from leading marine retailers
or directly from www.fugawi.com or by calling 416-920 9300.
Northport Systems, Inc.:
Established in 1995 in Toronto, Canada, Northport Systems, Inc.
now supplies products to over 130 countries. Northport enjoys a
worldwide reputation as a leader in GPS mapping software and innovative
GPS applications. www.fugawi.com.
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