Defender Home Page GPS Units Compatible with Maptech's Offshore Navigator & Marine Navigator Nautical Charts

There are two reasons to connect a GPS to your PC - Real-time position tracking on the PC screen and transferring information between the PC and GPS. Virtually any GPS unit can be used for real-time positioning, but transferring routes, waypoints, and tracks to and from a GPS requires special compatibility.

Real-time Position Tracking on the PC screen
The only requirement for real-time positioning is for the GPS to output industry standard NMEA 0183 (version 1.5, 2.0/2.1, or 2.3) data onto a serial connection (COM Port). Most GPS receivers sold today output NMEA 0183. These GPS units can be connected to your PC (or laptop) via a serial cable (sold by your GPS manufacturer) to display your current position on Offshore Navigator and Marine Navigator nautical charts.

Transferring Waypoint, Route and Track Information Between the PC and GPS
When it is inconvenient to take your computer/GPS combination out "in the field", simply take the handheld GPS unit by itself. Before your trip, plan your routes and waypoints using Offshore Navigator or Marine Navigator, then transfer them to the GPS via a serial cable (sold by your GPS manufacturer). When you're out with the GPS, mark new waypoints and tracks, then send them back to Offshore Navigator or Marine Navigator for display. Please note that there is no standard method of information transfer between GPS units. Therefore, each unit requires a specific "driver" to perform transfer of routes, waypoints, and tracks.

GPS Units by Manufacturer (click on name to see information)
Brunton Datamarine Furuno Garmin Icom Interphase Lowrance
Magellan Micrologic Northstar Raytheon Simrad Standard Horizon Trimble

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ANY MANUFACTURER Real-time Tracking
on the PC screen
Transfer of WAYPOINTS
to and from GPS
Transfer of ROUTES
to and from GPS
Transfer of TRACKS
to and from GPS
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Any unit that supports the NMEA 0183 interface specification (version 1.5, 2.0/2.1or 2.3) may be used for real-time tracking in Offshore Navigator or Marine Navigator.
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BRUNTON
Real-time Tracking
on the PC screen
Transfer of WAYPOINTS
to and from GPS
Transfer of ROUTES
to and from GPS
Transfer of TRACKS
to and from GPS
Multi-Navigator checkmark checkmark checkmark
This GPS unit is not capable of receiving tracks. The unit stores one track log, which you may transfer to Offshore Navigator or Marine Navigator for display on the charts.
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DATAMARINE
Real-time Tracking
on the PC screen
Transfer of WAYPOINTS
to and from GPS
Transfer of ROUTES
to and from GPS
Transfer of TRACKS
to and from GPS
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Any unit that supports the NMEA 0183 interface specification (version 1.5, 2.0/2.1or 2.3) may be used for real-time tracking in Offshore Navigator or Marine Navigator.
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FURUNO
Real-time Tracking
on the PC screen
Transfer of WAYPOINTS
to and from GPS
Transfer of ROUTES
to and from GPS
Transfer of TRACKS
to and from GPS
GP-31 checkmark checkmark checkmark
GP-1650DF checkmark checkmark checkmark
GP-1700C checkmark checkmark checkmark
Furuno GPS units are not capable of storing tracks.
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GARMIN
Real-time Tracking
on the PC screen
Transfer of WAYPOINTS
to and from GPS
Transfer of ROUTES
to and from GPS
Transfer of TRACKS
to and from GPS
Below is a list of units that Maptech support and development staff have tested for use with Offshore Navigator and Marine Navigator.
eMap checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
eTrex (Legend, Mariner, Summit, Venture & Vista) checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
GPS 12 (12, 12cx, 12xl, 12Map) checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
GPS 38 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
GPS 45 & 45xl checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
GPS 48 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
GPS 76, GPSMAP 76 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
GPS 126 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
GPS 128 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
GPSMAP 130 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
GPSMAP 168 Sounder checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
GPSMAP 175 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
GPSMAP 176/176C checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
GPSMAP 295 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Garmin II & II+ checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Garmin III & III+ checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Garmin V checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
StreetPilot checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Rhino 110/120 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark

UNTESTED GARMIN UNITS - Cross-compatibility:
Garmin has a wide range of GPS models. Many of them have different shapes, sizes and colors but share similar internal software. Maptech has created a number of software drivers to support Garmin models. If your model isn't listed above, there's a good chance it works, but will require picking another model's driver. Often, a single driver will work with multiple Garmin units. Below is a "cross-compatibility" list of Garmin models, based solely on information from other customers.
GPS Model Reported Working As Notes
GPS 17N Real-time tracking only
GPS 40 GPS 45
GPS 75 GPS 45
GPS 128 GPS 12xl
GPS 152 eTrex
GPSMAP 180 Garmin II
GPSMAP 215 GPS 12xl
GPSMAP 225 GPS 126 Also works as GPS 45xl
GPSMAP 2010/2010C GPSMAP 76 Also works as GPS 38

StreetPilot III

eMap
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ICOM
Real-time Tracking
on the PC screen
Transfer of WAYPOINTS
to and from GPS
Transfer of ROUTES
to and from GPS
Transfer of TRACKS
to and from GPS
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Any unit that supports the NMEA 0183 interface specification (version 1.5, 2.0/2.1or 2.3) may be used for real-time tracking in Offshore Navigator or Marine Navigator.
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INTERPHASE
Real-time Tracking
on the PC screen
Transfer of WAYPOINTS
to and from GPS
Transfer of ROUTES
to and from GPS
Transfer of TRACKS
to and from GPS
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Any unit that supports the NMEA 0183 interface specification (version 1.5, 2.0/2.1or 2.3) may be used for real-time tracking in Offshore Navigator or Marine Navigator.
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LOWRANCE
Real-time Tracking
on the PC screen
Transfer of WAYPOINTS
to and from GPS
Transfer of ROUTES
to and from GPS
Transfer of TRACKS
to and from GPS
Below is a list of units that Maptech support and development staff have tested for use with Offshore Navigator and Marine Navigator.
Eagle Explorer checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Eagle Map Guide checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Eagle Map Guide Pro checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
GlobalMap 100 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
GlobalNav 12 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
GlobalNav 212
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UNTESTED LOWRANCE UNITS - Cross-compatibility:
Lowrance has a wide range of GPS models. Many of them have different shapes, sizes and colors but share similar internal software. Maptech has created a number of software drivers to support Lowrance models. If your model isn't listed above, there's a good chance it works, but will require picking another model's driver. Often, a single driver will work with multiple Lowrance units. Below is a "cross-compatibility" list of Lowrance models, based upon information received from their support staff.
GPS Model Reported Working As Notes
Eagle Accunav Sport Eagle Map Guide Pro
Eagle Expedition/
Expedition II
Eagle Map Guide Pro
Eagle Journey Eagle Map Guide Pro
GlobalMap 12 Eagle Map Guide Pro
GlobalMap Sport Eagle Map Guide Pro
GlobalNav 200 Eagle Map Guide Pro Tracks may appear shifted in position.
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MAGELLAN
Real-time Tracking
on the PC screen
Transfer of WAYPOINTS
to and from GPS
Transfer of ROUTES
to and from GPS
Transfer of TRACKS
to and from GPS
Below is a list of units that Maptech support and development staff have tested for use with Offshore Navigator and Marine Navigator.
2000XL & 4000XL checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Meridian checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Tracker & ColorTRAK checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
GPS 315 & 320 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
MAP 330 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
* Magellan GPS units are not capable of receiving tracks. The unit stores one track log, which you may transfer to Offshore Navigator or Marine Navigator for display on the charts.
UNTESTED MAGELLAN UNITS: Cross-compatibility:
Magellan has a wide range of GPS models. Many of them have different shapes, sizes and colors but share similar internal software. Maptech has created a number of software drivers to support Magellan models. If your model isn't listed above, there's a good chance it works, but will require picking another model's driver. Often, a single driver will work with multiple Magellan units. Below is a "cross-compatibility" list of Magellan models, based upon information received from their support staff.
GPS Model Reported Working As Notes
3000XL 2000XL Also works as 4000XL
Meridian GPS GPS 315
Meridian Gold GPS GPS 315
NAV 6000 2000XL Also works as 4000XL
SporTrack Pro Tracker
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MICROLOGIC
Real-time Tracking
on the PC screen
Transfer of WAYPOINTS
to and from GPS
Transfer of ROUTES
to and from GPS
Transfer of TRACKS
to and from GPS
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Any unit that supports the NMEA 0183 interface specification (version 1.5, 2.0/2.1or 2.3) may be used for real-time tracking in Offshore Navigator or Marine Navigator.
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NORTHSTAR
Real-time Tracking
on the PC screen
Transfer of WAYPOINTS
to and from GPS
Transfer of ROUTES
to and from GPS
Transfer of TRACKS
to and from GPS
941, 951 & 952 checkmark checkmark checkmark
Northstar GPS units are not capable of storing tracks.
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RAYTHEON
Real-time Tracking
on the PC screen
Transfer of WAYPOINTS
to and from GPS
Transfer of ROUTES
to and from GPS
Transfer of TRACKS
to and from GPS
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Any unit that supports the NMEA 0183 interface specification (version 1.5, 2.0/2.1or 2.3) may be used for real-time tracking in Offshore Navigator or Marine Navigator.
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SIMRAD
Real-time Tracking
on the PC screen
Transfer of WAYPOINTS
to and from GPS
Transfer of ROUTES
to and from GPS
Transfer of TRACKS
to and from GPS
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Any unit that supports the NMEA 0183 interface specification (version 1.5, 2.0/2.1or 2.3) may be used for real-time tracking in Offshore Navigator or Marine Navigator.
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STANDARD HORIZON
Real-time Tracking
on the PC screen
Transfer of WAYPOINTS
to and from GPS
Transfer of ROUTES
to and from GPS
Transfer of TRACKS
to and from GPS
GPS Chart 150 checkmark checkmark checkmark
Standard Horizon GPS units are not capable of storing tracks.
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TRIMBLE
Real-time Tracking
on the PC screen
Transfer of WAYPOINTS
to and from GPS
Transfer of ROUTES
to and from GPS
Transfer of TRACKS
to and from GPS
GeoExplorer II checkmark checkmark
Scoutmaster checkmark checkmark
Trimble handheld GPS units are not capable of storing tracks or routes. Instead, coordinate data is stored in waypoint form (single locations not grouped in sequence).
Mobile GPS checkmark

At this time, handheld GPS receivers lack sufficient memory and computing horsepower to view the highly detailed, full-color, nautical charts found in Offshore Navigator or Marine Navigator. If this is a feature you desire in a handheld GPS, Maptech recommends an iPaq Pocket PC with its Pocket Navigator software and NAVMAN GPS sleeve or a Palm OS handheld with Outdoor Navigator Software and NAVMAN GPS sleeve .


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