My plan (which I've detailed elsewhere on here) is to buy a sailboat locally by selling my modest power boat
and learn the ropes so to speak in the 3-4 years I have left until I cast off wherever I buy my boat
. My plan once I hit the sea is to sail down whatever coast I buy the boat
on, go through the canal
if neccesary and make my way around to the Caribbean
Either way I was going to buy the final GPS
I am going to use, for use on my smaller boat I am learning
on here in the Okanagan lake.
I had planned on was the 525s (with dual frequency transducer). I chose this one for 3 reasons:
1. I am already familiar with garmin
products and have had very good experiance with them.
2. This one is budgetary. I get a sounder/fishfinder and a decent plotter, in one unit, all for less than most garmin
3. I don't have to pay for Bluechart (NOT G2) maps, or any other garmin maps/charts that come on CD from Garmin (I wont say why
). So this could save me a lot of money
since I can essentially have the whole world in bluechart maps. This is why I picked the 525 over the 545 as well. The XM feature I don't care about and the only other difference is preloaded maps.
So here is my question:
How are the bluechart maps for the Caribbean
? Fairly nice? Or is a lot of detail on reefs
etc missing? How does the quality compare to a decent paper chart? I imagine I will be having backup paper charts
or at least 1-2 laptops for redundancy.
Basically it comes down to is, if all I had were bluecharts, would I be OK ?
Thanks in advance!