Originally Posted by ronpierce
Looking to install a good GPS
and chart plotter system on my 44' CSY
. It is moored in Simpson Bay and the work will be done there. Any suggestions from anybody as to the best buy for the money
would be. I will be primarily sailing in the Caribbean
for the first couple years. Hoping to stay under 3-4K.
There are awesome options with a budget
up to 3 to 4K. Are you only looking for GPS & Plotter? First of all, make sure the GPS is not a separate antenna
but built in. Then decide how big of a screen
you want, your price
Many will display radar
overlayed by paying another $1K to 1.5K for an antenna
. Do you have radar
already? Also, AIS
is practically a freebie now.
The features have increased dramatically over the past few years.
The other big decision for you is what will be the source of your data for the plotter. I don't know the Carribean but U.S. waters has lots of free to download (already paid by taxpayers) raster and vector charts
If you have to pay for local charts
of Carribean that could influence your decision. Perhaps that is your first question to answer.
I currently have Raymarine
, and sadly can not recommend them for anything. I have OpenCPN
and if you have a PC on the boat then you absolutely need to get it, and if you don't have a PC, even a laptop
yet, think about it.
I don't know the other vendors yet but the Lowrance units look pretty could, you could get a complete touch plotter between 1 to 2, rugged waterproof etc.
Some vendors will let you view the plotter elsewhere on the boat on an iPhone
Whatever you choose, let us know what you like or don't like about it.