Help me Obi Wan, help me.... which unit is correct?

 

Someone please help me here. I'm not new to the GPS game, just new to all these new portable models out there. I just purchased a Magellan Roadmate 3000T based on price, functionality, ease of use, etc. Now I think I've made a mistake, and I'm completely depressed about it.

Let me explain why it might be a mistake - I have an aging Garmin eTrex that I use on my boat. My wife's car has a built in nav system that's fabulous. And in my car I've been using my laptop tied to an antenna. I wanted to replace my laptop and eTrex with a portable unit that I could use in both car and boat.

Aye - there's the rub! The Roadmate, while having the functionality of most GPS receivers on the market, is missing a huge chunk that my cheapo-supremo $99 eTrex has, and that is the ability to plot a track. I navigate our lake quite often at night. Without having a track to follow at night you're asking for serious trouble what with all the channel markers, shoals and islands, and "people" are constantly running into the markers on this lake. My Garmin still works like a champ, but I wanted that nice, wider touch screen with color. Hence the RM 3000T. Now I'm ready to cry, all that money and I can't figure out how to force it to plat a track.

Here's what I mean if I'm not being direct enough - my eTrex has a water and land mode. That allows you to change the background view so that when navigating on water you don't look like you're driving on land. That's a standard LCD display with shades of grey so that's needed. However, when I wish I can simply push a button and have the unit track my movements. What I've done is started at my dock and piloted to every restaurant and gas dock/marina on the lake, creating a track, so at night I won't get lost, I just select the track I want to use and voila!

So, does anyone know if an RM3000T can track movements, and if so how to do that? Otherwise I made an expensive mistake in purchasing this unit. I got it at a great price on the "Black Friday" sales for $399 and don't want to have to return it if I can get it to function as a marine navigational aid.

If you do have a suggestion, would you kindly email it to me?? I'll try checking back here often but I travel for a living so am not always able to get to the net.

Sincerely,
Robin Huggins

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. . If I only had a brain....................................... http://www.hugginsnet.com/ilovemymio ..................................................... GPS Units in Use: Mio C310x (primary) and Garmin eTrex Legend for GeoCaching.

Tracklog / routes

It sounds like you're describing either saved routes or tracklogs. Saved routes is a feature that guides you along a path through a series of waypoints. Track log is a feature that shows a "breadcrumb" style trail of dots for a path you previously travelled.

I have a 3000T, but I haven't seen that it has either of these features. BTW -- Garmin seems to have dropped these features from many of their newer automotive models as well. You can still find them in older models like StreetPilot 2720.

JM

Is that the model that miss

Is that the model that miss poi has? I was actually looking at replacing this Magellan with that Garmin model. Do you think that would be a good move? I love my old eTrex, and it's been battle tested, from being dropped in the lake to sitting on the dashboard of every car and boat I've owned, and it has functioned extremely well. I just wanted to "upgrade" to all the new bells and whistles.

The tracklogs is what I'm speaking of as I'm not sure what the saved routes is based on. If saved routes is based on mapping me from point a to point b, via c d and e, then it won't work as these units don't do Marine navigation. The eTrex actually has a 'water' mode allowing you to go off-road with it, and I hate to move away from that simple functionality.

By the way, is there not a way to get alerted or notified of posts on this site? As in subscribing to a post? It would be great if the posts I'm watching emailed me whenever they are modified.

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. . If I only had a brain....................................... http://www.hugginsnet.com/ilovemymio ..................................................... GPS Units in Use: Mio C310x (primary) and Garmin eTrex Legend for GeoCaching.

"By the way, is there not a

"By the way, is there not a way to get alerted or notified of posts on this site? As in subscribing to a post? It would be great if the posts I'm watching emailed me whenever they are modified."

Jonathan is planning to add this feature in the future. I am just helping out while he is working on the site.

Ray

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Garmin Streetpilot i3, Streetpilot C580 and Nuvi 265WT

Gracias...

Thanks Ray, yeah JM sent me an email and gave me some input on what he's doing. I'm familiar with the CMS that he's using and what he's having to go through right now is why I stay away from it. I do web development as a hobby, which is self-supporting at the moment but this hobby is getting in the way of my real job. If I could clear $100k per year doing it, I'd quit my job in a heart beat.

Anyway, thanks for the support!!

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. . If I only had a brain....................................... http://www.hugginsnet.com/ilovemymio ..................................................... GPS Units in Use: Mio C310x (primary) and Garmin eTrex Legend for GeoCaching.