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Old 21 September 2016, 14:15   #1
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Chart Plotter: Touch Screen or not?

I have a RIB on order, and as per advice from supplier, have currently opted for the Garmin Echomap CHIRP 75DV at about 800

I am minded to go upgrade the spec to a touchscreen chart plotter on the basis that anything not touchscreen these days is a bit archaic.

So that takes me to the more expensive Garmin GPSMAP 7407DV at about 1150, which is touchscreen.

I have been advised by the RIB supplier to stick with the cheaper unit and avoid touchscreen, as tricky to use whilst driving the boat. But then I am sure that any chart plotter is tricky to fiddle with whilst on the go...

Just wonder what the masses on here think? Touchscreen or not?
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Old 21 September 2016, 14:20   #2
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Water droplets or wet fingers on the touch screen are prone to effectively disabling the touch. So unless its touch plus buttons you risk it being disabled by wetness. It doesn't kill it, but you can't control it even when stopped...
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I have a Lowrance HDS 9 Gen2 Touch. haven't had any issues with water being a problem, gloves are a bigger problem. It's cold enough, and I am old enough, that I drive in gloves all the time. For the most part you can operate my touch screen in a rudimentary fashion with the few physical buttons but there are a few things that are difficult. The biggest being I have to touch the screen to switch to the music control to change the volume or song :-) even with gloves once they get wet they seem to work but erratically. I went touch screen because I was tight on space and wanted to get the biggest screen I could, I wouldn't do it differently if I had to do it over.

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Just wonder what the masses on here think? Touchscreen or not?
I have both types fitted. Water hasn't been an issue (and yes, they get wet now and then) and I can't say the touchscreen is overly difficult to use underway. I say that because I'm not doing much with it when underway other than look at it. It would be difficult to place an accurate waypoint while bumping along but changing screens, zoom, etc., is fine. The button kit is more accurate for waypoint placing while moving but waaaay more frustrating to use for everything else. If I had to pick only one I would take a touchscreen. As I had space I fitted a cheap button unit as a backup and extra screen.

The advantages of having two plotters are many and I wouldn't be without either of them by choice. Before anyone comments on space or budget - it doesn't have to be expensive and I ran two on my 6m RIB as well.

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Water droplets or wet fingers on the touch screen are prone to effectively disabling the touch.
You've found that? What model was this with?
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I have a Lowrance HDS 9 gen3. I was dubious about the touch screen initially, so went for the gen3 which is both touch & buttons. Absolutely no problem with the touch screen even in VERY wet conditions. My navigator prefers to use the touch over the buttons.


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You have the option of locking the Screen on the Garmin touch screen models
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You have the option of locking the Screen on the Garmin touch screen models

Yup, also on the HDS, not had to use the screen lock though👍👍


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And you don't mind your screen covered in fingerprints ?

I don't get on well with touch screens on any equipment and don't imagine I'd do any better with a plotter.
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You've found that? What model was this with?
The only one I've used wasn't mine and certainly wasn't the newest of models, and that wasn't that recently either. Thought it was a lowrance, but a google of lowrance units doesn't seem to produce anything vaguely similar, no idea of the model. But it seemed to suffer the same as my mobile phone does when it rains and the screen gets wet; it doesn't then seem to know I'm pressing elsewhere as I think it thinks the water droplet is a finger. Wipe the screen and its all wet and nothing works, dry it and everything works again.

I thought some of the Round Irelanders said similar, and suggested the screen lock options were the way to go so you could revert to keys if needed...?
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