Birdseye not compatable with marine units
September 04, 2013 at 8:52am
I got on the phone with Garmin and explained my concerns about bluechart G2 being very inaccurate for the areas I like to fish. I gave them two lat/long spots to check out with their G2 vision chart. One of the areas is a lake 6 feet deep a 1/2 mile wide and 2 1/2 miles long that appears as marsh/land on the base bluechart g2 map. They sent some images of the area with g2 vision and it was only slightly better. It looked like they had sat imagery from before 2004 based on comparisons to historical images available on Google earth. They also stated that birdseye will only work on hand held units and not on a marine unit like the 740S that I have.
Here is Garmins response to my concerns about
their coastal Louisiana maps.
Thank you for contacting Garmin International today.
It appears that the satellite imagery is not that good, I would say it is 75% blurry and 25% clear. You can see where the water is lighter blue, that is normal coverage. The dark blue areas are normally marsh on a map, but you can see that it is water with the vision card. It is not crystal clear at all, so it is completely up to you if you want to get the vision mapping.
The vision mapping I was using is called Mobile to Lake Charles – region number VUS013R and part # : 010-C0714-00
As far as 3rd party mapping goes, I am not seeing any mapping that would be better than what we offer that is compatible with Garmin. If you decide that you want to return your unit, I completely understand, and can set that up for you. Just let me know.