Plot a Course and Plan Ahead with HomePort™, Garmin’s® New Marine Planning Software

OLATHE, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the introduction of Garmin HomePort – a new application that allows mariners to plan and manage trips, routes, tracks and waypoints and transfer them between a PC computer and applicable Garmin chartplotter, making it easier than ever to plan and review all of your on-the-water adventures.

“HomePort is the planning and data backup solution our marine customers have been waiting for,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “This desktop application is the complete trip planning package with capabilities specific to the mariner. And best of all, HomePort utilizes the charts mariners have already purchased for and use with their chartplotter.”

Whether you’re planning a journey or coming off the water, HomePort enables the use of existing BlueChart® data from a preloaded Garmin chartplotter, or preprogrammed data card to help plan ahead on your PC – no additional charts are needed. Once the chart data is uploaded to HomePort, the user can begin to manage and catalog waypoints, routes and tracks, and use the application to help predict fuel usage, tides and depth profiles. With HomePort, mariners can also plan a route to avoid hidden underwater hazards, and can plot a course that keeps their vessel away from shallow or rocky shorelines. HomePort also allows the user to measure distance and bearing between waypoints, and will even help calculate speed and determine an estimated time of arrival.

For even more convenience, the HomePort application lets users create trip files so that they may save and profile trips for future use on their PC. Once you’re finished working in HomePort, you need only to transfer the planned route back to the chartplotter via the micro SD/SD card, and enjoy the journey.

Planning on HomePort can be made on either traditional navigation charts, or on fishing charts and is compatible with BlueChart g2 Vision®, BlueChart g2 and BlueChart data. HomePort is expected to be available in November 2009 for a retail price of $29.99. This new planning application will be available for retail purchase, or as a download from To learn more about HomePort and Garmin’s compatible BlueChart offerings, go to

About Garmin International Inc.

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin, BlueChart and BlueChart g2 Vision are registered trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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Garmin International Inc.Carly Baltes, [email protected]