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Garmin G3 Chip

Postby Whidbey Cruiser on Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:58 am

I’m a recent new owner of a Cutwater 28. I stopped by the Garmin booth at the Seattle Boat Show yesterday to learn more about the new G3 chip. Turns out it will be available in March. The rep informed me that if I register my new Garmin 7612, that I would receive a free G3 chip. This was contradictory to what I was told when I took delivery of the boat a few months ago. Can anyone verify if this is a free upgrade?

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Re: Garmin G3 Chip

Postby fishheadbarandgrill on Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:18 pm

In December, I purchased a G2 US and Canada chip for my 5215. Garmin Customer Service told me that I'd need to buy a new G3 chip or download. No free upgrade for me.
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Re: Garmin G3 Chip

Postby Chimo on Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:40 pm

OK, so what does a G3 chip do for me?
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Re: Garmin G3 Chip

Postby baz on Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:59 pm

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Re: Garmin G3 Chip

Postby Cutwater28GG on Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:43 pm

the best feature looks to be the 1 foot contour lines in the G3 chip.

I note that the Garmin 8612 chart plotters come with the G3 Chip preinstalled.

Is anyone running a G3 chip on the 5212 chartplotter? I am interested to see if performance is a problem with the aging CPU in the 5212.
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Re: Garmin G3 Chip

Postby ixlr8 on Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:49 pm

Is the G3 chip available as an upgrade yet? I know it is coming preinstalled in new units, but I coudn't find any info on Garmins site for an upgrade chip. I could only find G2 chips.
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Re: Garmin G3 Chip

Postby Whidbey Cruiser on Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:53 pm

According to the Garmin reps I spoke to on Saturday, it won’t be available until sometime in March. Oddly enough, I spoke with two reps and their answers were different on whether th G3 chip would be a free upgrade. Hope a factory rep from Cutwater is able to clarify this question.
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Re: Garmin G3 Chip

Postby ixlr8 on Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:18 am

Whidbey Cruiser wrote:According to the Garmin reps I spoke to on Saturday, it won’t be available until sometime in March. Oddly enough, I spoke with two reps and their answers were different on whether th G3 chip would be a free upgrade. Hope a factory rep from Cutwater is able to clarify this question.

I was under the impression that the free upgraded depended on when you bought/registered your Garmin unit.
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Re: Garmin G3 Chip

Postby Matty on Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:29 am

The information below is from the Garmin site. Note there is a difference between if you recently bought maps vs purchasing a chartplotter that came pre-loaded with G2. I think both of these discount programs are in place so people don't buy a chartplotter or maps today just because a new version is coming out in a few months. I recently purchased the G2 maps so I can get updated maps one time within the first year.


NEW CHART GUARANTEE
DISCOUNTED UPDATE PROGRAM
Customers who purchase new preprogrammed Garmin BlueChart® g2 HD, or g2 Vision® HD microSD™
cards are entitled to 1 free
update
of the newest version of charts. If eligible, customers can update cards using our website. Updated charts will be for the
same (or equivalent2) region as the original purchase.
Customers may update their existing preprogrammed BlueChart g2 HD and g2 Vision HD microSD/SD card for a discounted price1
.
Updated charts will be for the same (or equivalent)
region as the original purchase
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Re: Garmin G3 Chip

Postby Red Raven on Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:59 pm

I don’t believe the free or discount update matters whether you bought the map chip or a preloaded chartplotter. I updated my maps last year and spoke Garmin about this when my chartplotter was 4 years old and had not be updated. The update is free for one year. The other statement talks about the discount program for map chips and chartplotters beyond 1 year old. The discount amount is reduced each year based on how old your chip or preprogrammed chartplotter is. 4 years was over the limit. After exceeding the limit you have to pay full price for the update. And no, the free update does not reset the purchase date.

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