MAPS FOR YOUR GARMIN GPSMAP 62
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ KennyB ~
The Garmin GPSMAP 62 is an excellent GPS unit. It comes in five models. Some of these models have internal Topographical maps in a 1:100,000 scale. Those models that have a T in the designation have such maps preloaded into the unit. That is what the T designation means. If you did not purchase one of the T models then the unit comes with a base map which is what the name implies, a basic map of the entire U.S.
If you have the built in topos in your unit, you have a very good basis for later expanding your mapping needs. If you dont have a T model then I suggest that you first consider the Garmin TOPO US 24K mapping for the unit. It is sold as a DVD by regions. The South East Region includes the Gulf States from Louisiana, MS, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The program has topo type maps that are in 25,000 scale. This scale is commonly called 'Quads' and are the standtard size for detailed land use.
The program is loaded into your computer and you select the maps that are in the program to download onto a spare Micro SD memory card. You can load and reload over and over again as long as it is for the one unit that you first loaded the maps into.
If you have been following my postings, you will know that I much prefer topographical maps for the Louisiana coastal marshes. I believe that this type of mapping depicts the topography of the intricate bayous, canals, bays, lagoons, lakes and rivers that make up the coastal Louisiana marshes.
Visit a stocking Garmin dealer and personally examine the maps that are available for your unit. Compare them to the TOPO US 24K, and you make up your mind in a more enlightened atmosphere.
Later you can add the Marine mapping program called Blue Chart g2, other state areas of the 24k Topo and even the aerial photo maps called BIRDS EYE mapping. The Birds Eye is sold as downloads with a renewal yearly subscription.
You have a very fine unit, with the proper mapping software you will have that will serve you well into the future.
~ Captain Paul ~