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Old 10 July 2013, 07:03   #11
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Which one would you go for?
Dunno, it's been a while since I was in the market so I'm not up to date on what's available. I have had Lowrance kit on previous boats & rated them highly, I have 2x 8" Raymarine plotters on the current boat & they are ok but I wouldn't rave about them, but they are last generation, not current models. I've never had Garmin so can't comment, BUT, I don't like Garmin charts, I prefer Navionics, but that is just my preference. If I was shopping around now, I'd be looking for something with a min. 8" screen that takes Navionics charts & start from there.
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Old 10 July 2013, 08:03   #12
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thats great, ill look into that, thanks very much. if anyone else knows or can recommend then feel free!
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Old 10 July 2013, 08:29   #13
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We were looking at the garmin 551s but screen looks small. Don't want to consistently zoom In or out. Not had one before so not sure what's best.
We have a 551 and have never found screen size a problem with respect to what we were prepared to pay. Zooming in or out is only a button press and no big deal - we tend to zoom in when close to shore or port, zoom out when away from shore.

If pressing a button to do this is a problem to you, and your solution to that problem is a big screen, then expect to pay a lot of money.
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Old 10 July 2013, 08:49   #14
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Old 10 July 2013, 09:33   #15
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In terms for bang for yer buck - Garmin 750S (S=sounder onboard)

These are out of production but still for sale. 7" landscape touchscreen, charts onboard, sounder onboard, RADAR ready.

There are very good deals going at the moment. Linky

The plotter only verson, the 750 is a bit cheaper at 590.

They're a good size for a 6.5m RIB.
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We have a 551 and have never found screen size a problem with respect to what we were prepared to pay. Zooming in or out is only a button press and no big deal - we tend to zoom in when close to shore or port, zoom out when away from shore.

If pressing a button to do this is a problem to you, and your solution to that problem is a big screen, then expect to pay a lot of money.

Agreed, I find the problems arise when we're in "complicated" waters, e.g west coast of Scotland. You need to be zoomed in to see detail e.g. rocks, (still didn't stop me from hitting one though) but still need to see the bigger picture to make sure your heading for the right gap in the islands etc. I tend to split the screen & have the chart showing in both windows, one zoomed in & the other out to a larger scale. On anything smaller than 8" (IMHO) splitting the screen gets a bit small, especially with my eyes & bumping along in a RIB.
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Agreed, I find the problems arise when we're in "complicated" waters, e.g west coast of Scotland. You need to be zoomed in to see detail e.g. rocks, (still didn't stop me from hitting one though) but still need to see the bigger picture to make sure your heading for the right gap in the islands etc. I tend to split the screen & have the chart showing in both windows, one zoomed in & the other out to a larger scale. On anything smaller than 8" (IMHO) splitting the screen gets a bit small, especially with my eyes & bumping along in a RIB.
PD ... do you use the 'Navigate To' function and so just follow the pink line that the plotter puts up? Might help you avoid hitting stuff in those complicated waters.

I tend to set that for any youngsters on board so they can steer on the pink line and not get into too much trouble.
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PD ... do you use the 'Navigate To' function and so just follow the pink line that the plotter puts up? Might help you avoid hitting stuff in those complicated waters.
Nope! I'm assuming you mean some kind of active routing function that avoids rocks/piers/buoys etc & not just a straight line between where you are & where you want to be. If I'm in open water I use the CDI to show my HDG, COG, SOG & bearing & distance to waypoint, this also shows my XTE. If I'm in "busy" waters with obstructions I use the chart plotter.
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Nope! I'm assuming you mean some kind of active routing function that avoids rocks/piers/buoys etc & not just a straight line between where you are & where you want to be. If I'm in open water I use the CDI to show my HDG, COG, SOG & bearing & distance to waypoint, this also shows my XTE. If I'm in "busy" waters with obstructions I use the chart plotter.
Not a straight line! You have to set it up with depth of craft etc. You tell it where you want to go (POI, point on a map, name of a port etc etc) and it then plots a safe route based on tide, water depth, obstructions, mermaids etc etc. So far for us, so good, although I did chicken out once when at high water it wanted to take me through the Manacles (some lumpy rocky bits half way between Falmouth and the Lizard) rather than around them

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Not a straight line! You have to set it up with depth of craft etc. You tell it where you want to go (POI, point on a map, name of a port etc etc) and it then plots a safe route based on tide, water depth, obstructions, mermaids etc etc. So far for us, so good, although I did chicken out once when at high water it wanted to take me through the Manacles (some lumpy rocky bits half way between Falmouth and the Lizard) rather than around them

Give it a go* ...

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My kit doesn't do it, it's old school.
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