, you really should opt for a 4kW radar like senormechanico described. A quick Google
confirms the GMR 18 is 4 kW so you're good to go ;-) I agree that the Furuno
options come with the costs in dollars and as you're normal cruising grounds aren't in Maine
(where are you?), you probably don't use radar often enough to pay that much more for these features.
David: did you look for updated firmware that supports C-Map
yet? I think an update will enable C-Map
without the need for new hardware
but I am not sure and don't know if it's available already.
The vector charts
for the US are the NOAA vector charts
and they should not lack any info relevant to navigation
that is on their raster charts. If they do, you should report it to NOAA so they can correct that (they outsource the conversion process)
I am currently in shock on the Panbo announcements on the new Furuno
and RD-33 repeater displays. Wow, what a step from the GP-32 and RD-32 units. These are seriously going to hurt Garmin
and may be even Maretron (the one to beat). I am very happy I had postponed buying
new kit for a year because I would have been so sick to see all the new stuff just after installing expensive equipment
. I think Garmin
will react with new versions of their displays but don't think Raymarine
will. Question is what B&G is doing....