I ran across what seems to be a relly good deal in a radar/plotter. It is a Koden mdb-621, which can be had online for less than $1100 for the unit. I verified that it can be used with a standard NMEA 0183 GPS
, and I have a nice Garmin
16A looking for a use. So I could add a C-Map
MAX cart for the east coast
for $180, and for less than $1300, I would have radar
I know nothing about Koden. They sent me a pdf of the manual, and it seems to be a nice unit, perhaps a radar
that was modified for chartplotting, vs. most of the chartplotters out there, that are adding radar.
This would be for our new to us 1985 Westerly Fulmar, a 32 foot sloop
. I was not going to be shopping
for electronic this early (we closed on it Sunday) but my Mother In Law bought us a Garmin
478 as a Christmas
present. I have used an earlier model Garmin of the same series, and I was always zooming in and out. She is fine with us exchanging/ getting something else, so it really is our choice what to do with the $$$.
So for a few extra hundred dollars, I could have both chartting and radar. But is the Koden any good? Easy to use? Durable?
Her is a link to the unit in question: Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. / Products
Thanks in advance,