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Old 16 February 2016, 16:57   #1
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Current thoughts on chart plotters

Anyone spotted any bargains out there? I'm looking for a chart plotter with depth. some deals come with charts. i'm not looking for super great detail charts of all of the uk but if there was a deal going all the better.The charts can be more than the plotter! Any do's and dont's . Thoughts? Ta Nik
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force 4 chandlers have some deals on you can buy plotters ready loaded depends on what you want but there's some nice small stuff out there. lowrance,Garmin etc

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Anyone spotted any bargains out there? I'm looking for a chart plotter with depth. some deals come with charts. i'm not looking for super great detail charts of all of the uk but if there was a deal going all the better.The charts can be more than the plotter! Any do's and dont's . Thoughts? Ta Nik
Some great deals about on Raymarine Dragonfly's at the moment, about 50% off. Smaller models start at about 200.00. I bought the Dragonfly 5 for 299.00. Force 4 are doing good deals but google them and see what pops up.

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Check which charts are bundled with whatever you buy, some are just basic base maps & not much use.
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Check which charts are bundled with whatever you buy, some are just basic base maps & not much use.

Got to agree with Dave got to check really well and ask questions exactly what is loaded.


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agree with the boys also look at whats in the box you might find no transducer or no screen cover.

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Navionics Silver charts are often bundled. They only have data out to the 10m line - not much use if you're fishing!

I used to preach that bigger is better with plotters. That extra screen size is great but always comes at a price. Now a lot of the plotter systems come with WIFI so you can relay the data to a tablet and often control the plotter FROM the tablet as well. Maybe one to consider if you just need basic functions but want a big screen for fishing/nav. planning.

There are plotter/sounder combos (which you want) out there with WIFI and silver charts for around the 250 mark. Charts can be upgraded (maybe your local area only?) later for a modest cost
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Or look for one that comes with an upgrade option which may be cheaper than buying separately later.
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Hi matata

I've been looking at all the bigger suppliers and they all have deals.

As mentioned above the charts that are bundled seems to be the critical item.
Doing research on some of the bundles Navionics Gold Small Chart is included.
This looks fine but beware of future upgrade paths as Navionics website suggests that some devices aren't compatible with their newer maps should you wish to buy them. They have a good function on their website where you can look at hardware versus available charts.

I have a general question.
What do people generally buy relating to boat size, range, mounting space available?
I'm struggling to justify a screen size bigger than the small Garmin 45dv as I don't plan to be offshore (no more than a lot of "leisure" ribs) and size of screen isn't critical as it's mostly visual nav I expect to do.



I'd love a bit of tech bling though.
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For me a 5 inch screen minimum I had a 551 garmin on my 6m rib mounted opposite side to the helm not my choice just the rib layout in contrast on a 7 inch lowrance elite 7 on a SIB reason I can have all three screens up at once

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