Originally Posted by amstel
I've had a Lowrance Elite 4 Gold plotter/sounder for several years and I find it more than adequate. Gold = 2 gig map chip that covers all Canada
and inland waters.
Well this is the closest to the chosen solution, a Lowrance Elite 5 HDI withn Gold mapping mounted on a RAM RAM-109VU so that it can be swing into view of the cockpit
, or back around into the cabin
to be locked away/out of the weather.
The cell phone
approach sounds promising, but doesn't seem to be there quite yet on Android as opposed to Apple. As mentioned, I tried Memory Map, but since I could not get the PC software
to load, I gave up. It is not even clear if I needed to get the PC app working, but the first thing I wanted to do was see a real nautical chart somewhere, somehow, and it was all just too hard. All other Android solutions had fairly poor reviews
My wife wants to fish
, so it can't hurt to get a fish
finder in the process.
Wanted to avoid the bright sun and weather issues of phone/iPad solutions.
Wasn't keen on having to babysit batteries on a daily basis with a handheld or iPad solution.
Also the handheld solution wasn't materially less money than what I went with and I get a larger screen and fish finder.
The iPad solution is very tempting with the full computing platform one gets, but then one needs to sort out how it mounts or otherwise doesn't crash all over the cabin
. And the weatherproofing covers. I am sure this stuff exists
just fine, but would take more time for me to investigate. If I lived in a city such that I could see things at a retail location life would be much easier and other possibilities would have had better chances. Frankly I get enough internet
time at home, so when I am in the boat, it is nice to avoid the electronic toys and get back to that good old stack of magazines that was piling up unread at home.
Seems to be more charting from Navionics
than Garmin, plus One can pay for upgrade as opposed to completely new every upgrade cycle. It was also never entirely clear to me if Garmin LakeVU HD included the Great Lakes
or not. Navionics
has a web based simulation such that you can see the chart and thus check various bodies of water
and know what you are getting.
To be honest, the process just has to terminate at some point, and when I got fed up, the Lowrance solution happened to be on top.
Thanks to all for their comments.