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Old 27-07-2009, 16:04   #1
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Question Garmin 4010 - Good Value?

I am going to the abacos this winter.
I think that I want this garmin because it has 3D underwater sonar?
Is this true and if so is it worth the money so i dont hit anything?
If not is 3d sonar existant or are all sounders in a 2d line like the original mario brothers game.
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=148&pID=11186
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Old 27-07-2009, 16:17   #2
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We took 7 1/2ft through the Bahamas last Spring; #1 Eyeball is more important than the depth finder.
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Old 27-07-2009, 16:20   #3
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could I mount a camera underwater to look for looming danger?
what other ways could I compensate to make sure my boat doesnt hit anything.
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With all due respect. If you are alone are you wanting to stare at a plotter? Or would it be better to have some one competent on the bow looking for coral heads. You need to go slow, plan carefully and keep a good DR or have a reliable plotter... which are not all that expensive these days.

Look UP and not at those damn screens. My plotter is below decks and I hardly look at it. I use a small hand held in the cockpit and use autopilot so I am not behind the helm where many put those huge instrument pods with plotters and so forth.

Sailing is becoming a video game it seems.
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ha a video game.
there will be 2 people aboard.
Interesting advice
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Old 27-07-2009, 16:37   #6
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Are there 3d plotters?
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any plotter is only as good as the maps that are programmed into it. Coral grows and sand moves around so it might be a good plan to look where you are going.

Having said that, I have the Garmin 4210 which is the same as the 4010 but with all the charts for North America and the Bahamas already loaded into it. Absolutely great plotter. Best I have ever seen.
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