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Old 24-12-2019, 06:58   #1
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Chartplotter recommendation

I am new to sailing and I am in need of a new chartplotter and looking for recommendations. I have a 34' Contest monohull. It currently has older Raymarine electronics on her now. I want to install a new chartplotter (don't need fishfinder) and need recommendation. I would like to be NMEA compatible so when I add things in the future and can network them.
Size? Touch Screen vs buttons? Features?
Thanks in advance for your help. I have already found the boating community to be very helpful.

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Old 24-12-2019, 08:22   #2
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Re: Chartplotter recommendation

Hi Lee,

Hard to beat the latest user-friendly Garmin models. They come in a variety of sizes up to (I think) 14" or bigger, are touch screen, expandable, etc. We have the previous generation, a 7612 xsv, and we really like it.


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Re: Chartplotter recommendation

Get the one that you like best. If your old stuff is SeaTalk-1, you can void expense, by staying Ray and up convert the old stuff to ST-NG.

Having delivered boats with all three brands, they all have good features. The Ray and Garmin have easier to learn menus- but I really like B&G- problem is by the time I learn the menus, the delivery is done.

Avoid 100% touch screens like the plague. If you get a device with knobs and touch, that kinda works. Those models let you lock the touch screen so if touched it does not change anything.
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Re: Chartplotter recommendation

What's your budget? If it's limited, consider a refurbished tablet and OpenCPN. Download charts from NOAA etc. Toal investment about $120.
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