Garmin Data to Lowrance protocol
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No! Waypoints written in a computer language for a Garmin unit will NOT work in a Lowrance unit and conversely.
You MUST change the format that Lowrance has designed for their units.
The hard way is to re-enter all of the waypoints manually into your Elite-7 unit or find a way to convert them.
I use a program called GPS BABEL. It has the ability to reformat many different types of formats from one to another.
It is a free program on the internet at http://www.gpsbabel.org/
I suggest that you download the program in your computer and experiment with the conversion options. It is a real time saver.
First save the Garmin waypoints to a file then do the conversion, never overwriting the saved file.
To use the data, you will need a SPARE DATA card and the Lowrance transfer program called INSIGHT PLANNER. This is a worth while investment as it will allow you to transfer data from the GPS to your Computer and from the computer to your GPS unit. Saving your waypoints to a computer or thumb drive, etc, will give you the option of backing up all of your data.