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Old 26-11-2009, 00:35   #1
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I have been reading some of the threads about chartplotters as I will eventually need to make a decision regarding this equipment sometime.

I am old school enough to keep paper charts with position updates every couple of hours, however I really like the flexability of using a chartplotter for both plotting waypoints for the GPS, and for keeping track of position in poor visibility situations.

I am not so much concerned with something for the cockpit, but rather the Nav Station, and the larger the better, only the prices for these uints are outrageous. $2,000+ for a unit with less than 10" of screen? Are they nuts?

In my research online I came upon the Si-Tex Explorer Plus. It is a C-Map based system that uses any external VGA monitor combined with the unit that has the buttons and scroll controller. This system would let me use a 19" computer monitor for under $100 plus the controller for under $700.

Is there anyone here that has used this system, or has any first hand experience with it? Can I get some feedback on whether or not they liked it, and why?

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Old 26-11-2009, 20:26   #2
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I asked the same question here

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...tml#post364386

I have used one before, (see pic) I believe it was the same brand and loved the concept of having that sized screen.

I will be having an internal helm for passagemaking, night time and inclement weather, I will also be having a 22'" monitor near the helm, so why not use it?]\

Even if I dont have it joined with radar sounder etc, still a good thing IMHO
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My understanding of these units is that they cannot handle widescreen resolutions, and need a standard aspect ratio screen, which is why I was leaning towards a 19" monitor.

Does your experience suggest that the widescreen aspect ratio is accepted?
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My understanding of these units is that they cannot handle widescreen resolutions, and need a standard aspect ratio screen, which is why I was leaning towards a 19" monitor.

Does your experience suggest that the widescreen aspect ratio is accepted?
apparently not

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Technical specifications: Microprocessor: ARM9 S3C2410 400 MHz Resolution: 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768 Power consumption: 400mA @ 12V DC Supply Voltage: 10-35 Volt DC Cartridge: 2 x C-Card Weight: 950 g Functions: BBFF compatible: yes RADAR compatible: yes AIS / DSC: yes WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS compatible: yes Video Camera: no Worldwide Background Cartography: yes Sunlight viewable Display: no Fast Processor 200 MHz (Explorer3 400 MHz): yes C-Cards Slots: 2 GOTO key: yes MOB (Man Over Board): yes Time to Destination: yes Distance to Destination: yes Selectable track color: yes Fuel Consumption: yes Compass Calibration: yes Tide Info: yes Port Info: yes Navigation Info: yes Find Tide Station: yes Find Port: yes Find Wrecks: yes
Oh well, 19 " screens are cheap as chips
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