I hate to swim against the current
, but I have a different opinion.
First, while I love the Navionics
app on my phone
and mini iPad
, they are too hard to see on a boat when exposed to sunlight. If you had a bimini
, then maybe I would use them as my main GPS, but not on an open boat.
Second, any of the four or five inch Garmins would be a great choice. My preference would be to opt for a discounted 5" model (541s, 545s) since Garmin
is constantly coming out with new models. I find the four inch models too small for my older eyes. A 4" model at retail would be $300.
Third, I would recommend you get the mode with the built-in sounder. First, it's really interesting to see the contours of the ocean floor, and the split screen
display allows you to see the chart and fishfinder
simultaneously. You absolutely want to have an in-hull transducer, which is easily added when you haul out
next time. It is very unlikely that the old transducer is compatible. Use a "mushroom" nylon transducer and put it close to centerline.
Fourth, if you really like sailing and you want to upgrade to a Cat 27 in the future, you can frequently "borrow" the GPS from your current
boat and move it to the new boat (except for the transducer).
Don't go cheap
; spend some money
and enjoy your boat.