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Old 12 June 2017, 16:10   #1
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Chartplotter with sounder recommendations

Looking for a chartplotter with sounder capability.

Any suggestions for a combined unit?

Or should I go for a tablet for the plotter and a dedicated sounder unit?

Basically looking for nav and depth suggestions!

Many thanks

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Old 12 June 2017, 16:15   #2
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I've got garmin sounder/plotter which works well
Personally I wouldn't want to rely on a tablet for a plotter
the plotter is more likely to get your out of trouble than the sounder so I'd rather get the right tool for the job

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Old 12 June 2017, 16:19   #3
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Lowrance hook 7. Very impressed with navionics chart in it very clear. Only thing I'd want improved is dock to dock you need the hds unit for that
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Old 12 June 2017, 18:53   #4
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Depends on the budget, simrad and Lowrance are excellent. The bigger the screen and more resolution the better the image and more detail you will get.
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Old 13 June 2017, 03:05   #5
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happy with my lowrance elite 7
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Old 13 June 2017, 03:39   #6
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Raymarine E7D, excellent unit, not too large a screen, perfect size for a rib have seen some ribs with large plotters which looks like someone has a telly onboard ha ha, anyway this particular raymarine is a highbrid as in touch sensitive screen but also has buttons which are very useful when wearing gloves or in bad weather. You can customise display well and have a number of boxes on the top of the screen to diaplay the most important things like depth, speed, position, heading etc while leaving plenty of screen room for the chart display.

My advice would be to perhaps visit the southampton boat show or similar and have a decent look round all the navionics stands and try a few out in simulation mode etc.

Alos consider connectability with other devices NMEA 0183, NMEA 2000 or propriatory, plus future considerations as in can you add AIS, RADAR, ENGINE INFO ETC.
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Old 13 June 2017, 04:58   #7
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Chartplotter with sounder recommendations

I've had Lowrance, Raymarine & Garmin plotters on various boats over the years. I keep coming back to Lowrance for their intuitive ease of use & quality displays. Navionics charts are the way to go IMO. Get the biggest screen that you can afford/fit.
Lowrance/Simrad are the same animals.
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Old 15 June 2017, 15:57   #8
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Just bought a lowerence. Elite 7 TI. And it's really good and coupled with some Navionics charts is just what we require. Also lowerance from Catcus came a few months ago with free CMap charts but we bought some navionics, which are better. Dj

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