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Chart plotter choice

Discussion in 'Electronics' started by Zud, Mar 2, 2021.

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  1. Capt J

    Capt J Senior Member

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    Yes on the new Garmin machines. The chart software is still solid.
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  2. dewald

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    This is totally off topic. But from Norseman's post #15 I had a pony tail that I grew for my brother (long story) When I saw him after 3 years, He did not say a word. I called him an A-Hole. Keep the pony tail until Aug of last year, then cut it off. Everyone said I look 10 years younger. I will take every year I can get, being 72. :D
  3. Norseman

    Norseman Senior Member

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    Aye, I was 62 on the picture above, extremely handsome..
    Then I realized the ponytail was not getting much longer, it stagnated..:confused:
    Oh well, back to Chart Plotter Choices. :rolleyes:
  4. DOCKMASTER

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    Your question is like asking a group of guys if Ford, Chevy or Dodge is best. You will get many, many opinions
    I have 4 Simrad displays and I like them. I use the C-Net + chip for my area and it has reliable information especially considering we are a bit remote. I occasionally get a glitch where my display in the cockpit loses source connection. But this is because the available cable route was long and exceeds the recommended cable length. I like the semi-touch screens I have. You have a dial for zoom in/out which I find easier than trying to do the two finger thing on a touch screen. The other thing I like is I can display whatever I want easily on any screen. And the radar overlay on the chart plotter is fabulous. I usually display depth/fish finder on one screen and charts on the other two with one zoomed in close and one out farther. I bought and installed the structure scan when I did the whole system and never, ever, use it. Wish I wouldn’t have spent the money on that feature but maybe others like it.
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  5. Zud

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    Thanks All, Dockmaster nailed it, go to big box store or show try out options and buy one...pick what you like
  6. NYCAP123

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    When you do stand back far enough to see it as you would at the helm. Also make sure it has a daylight visible screen. Most should today but make sure. Check how easy or hard it is to put in a route and that you can relate to the chart. Btw one other piece of info I liked on my screen was the accuracy. It's generally within about 7' but if a satellite goes off line or you lose the signal all bets are off and it's good to know on a glance. Thinking back my little Garmin had 8 info boxes and they all made my cruising easier.
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  7. f3504x4ps

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    One major issue with touch screen is the finger prints and the Sun bouncing off of the oils from your finger marks, makes it hard to see at times.
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  8. crackerD

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    For chartplotting I prefer Garmin. As everyone else said...get the biggest your helm and wallet can accomadate
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  9. KoffeeCruising

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    I had older RayMarines 120s and even as a software guy I couldn’t get the hang of how to use. Garmin was intuitive - and as someone posted- Apple like. I had concern about how effective touchscreens would be and it was a non issue. I really like the GPS follow route vs just the heading hold.

    The aha moment for me was getting 2 helm displays. At first I thought I wouldn’t need two/ that I’d just split single screen. Now I get why having 2 is so good. Usually have one screen zoomed in, the other split with depth/contour on one side snd zoomed out on other. Or a quick jump to tides, radar, or gps info, or engine stats.
  10. Pascal

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    One of my favorite feature on our Furuno Navnet 3D is that I can run the plotter on one full screen and on the other I can split the radar in two screens. I keep one at longer range, usually 3 to 6 NM or even longer to track showers and thunderstorms, and the other half at short range, under a mile, to spot small targets
  11. David Helsom

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    Thoughts on radar? I currently have Garmin 7600’s with a 6’ 12kw XHD radar. Is the Fantom open arrays worth the money over the XHD models?
  12. Capt J

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    I just put a little 18” phantom closed array on a sportfish, the detail was absolutely impressive over the xhd and with such a small dome