I have a Garmin 4208 and am quite happy with it. It dims sufficiently (after a firmware update a few versions ago) and is a very sturdy piece of gear
. Depending on which model you purchase
, these Chart Plotters come preloaded with either Coastal US, Inland US or no charts. These are NOT basemaps, they are complete sets, with more features than most people will use. Check them out at a store near you.
In each case, the chart plotter comes with a GPS antenna
. No extra purchase
is necessary. Since there are three network connectors, you can have radar and XM weather
(something you absolutely HAVE to see in action) without having to buy the network expander. You will also have 4 comm ports
for NMEA 0183
stuff, like DSC
from your VHF
from a special radio
, instrument data (including seatalk
instruments with Raymarine's PC interface.)
The GMR 18 HD radar is small, doesn't add a lot of weight to your rolling moment, and is quite effective. If you have an external flux gate compass
, the Chart plotter will allow you to identify ten radar targets and the unit will track them, and let you know how close they will pass, and when. Slick!
The Garmin equipment
is tailored to be installed by Joe Boatowner, with good instructions, every thing you need in the box, and great technical support.
If your VHF radio
does not have DSC
, I heartily reccommend a Standard Horizon, but if you can wait a few months it could prove very interesting to check out the new Garmin VHF fixed mount. It can connect to the 4208 over NMEA 2000
, and it may have some nice little surprises included!
I don't know that at all, but it seems like its time for Garmin to roll out some new excitement!