We have a Standard Horizon CP1000C Chartplotter mounted in the cockpit
under the dodger
. We've had it for over 3 years and it's performed flawlessly.
We have a C-Map
Max Superwide NA-M034 chip installed see: C-MAP Chart Catalogue - NT MAX Chartlisting
This is the area that we're cruising in, so one chip does it for us. These chips are $299 (retail).
It wasn't all that expensive and we joined "Club C-Map" to get yearly updates for a pretty reasonable price
(around $80 for membership
, the update is free)
If we had it to do all over again, we'd get one of their new models. They have a variety of screen
sizes (at a range of prices), some have built-in GPS antennas for easier installation
if you have a clear shot of the sky. The GPS signal will go through most dodgers just fine so that is a good option if that's where you're putting it. see:
Welcome to StandardHorizon.com
We also have our AIS
receiver feeding into the Chartplotter and have the Chartplotter wired to our NMEA
system. This lets us feed GPS signals to the rest of our gear
and upload/download routes, waypoints, tracks, etc. to/from our computer.
We also use Nobeltec
and Passport Charts on our Computer, but we only use that for planning purposes.
Before we left to go cruising in 2004, I wanted to get a remote
display for the cockpit as the computer is kept safely below. At that time I could buy the Standard Horizon WITH CHARTS for less than the price
of a good quality water
resistant computer display for the cockpit. AND it gave us backup (always good).
Bottom line, we think that this is a great way to go if you can spare a few bucks.