Originally Posted by Jimbo485
Why would you want to pay the rip-off prices for a chart plotter? And then it only works as a chart plotter?......
Seconded, my view exactly. Unless you have a huge budget
and HAVE to have the unit up in the open air in the cockpit
, don't get ripped off by buying
a plotter. An iPad
or (IMHO) even better, a cheapish laptop
on it will be a cheaper, easier to use and futureproof solution.
I dont ever remember seeing older boats having chart tables fitted in the open cockpit
, the chart station was always down below, so why does a modern day plotter have to be there? The only reason I can think of it that some flash systems can be used as a radar
display as well but if you have a stand alone radar
anyway, that makes that redundant.
There is an added safety
aspect too, if you get into trouble and the boat electrics are knocked out, an iPad or laptop will still have its own battery
power for a couple of hours at least so you'll still be able to navigate to a safe heaven or give out your position via hand held radio
or even mobile phone
should you require assistance. A built in plotter is just a useless lump of junk if the boats power fails.