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Old 23 April 2015, 05:18   #1
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Dive boat owners advice on choosing gps unit

I'm looking to purchase a gps/plotter/depth unit for a sib but I'm new to the boating world and there's so many to choose from. Mainly be diving and days out on the water with the boat so if there's any other divers with recommendations on here that would be greatly appreciated. Budget 500ish.

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I'm looking to purchase a gps/plotter/depth unit for a sib but I'm new to the boating world and there's so many to choose from. Mainly be diving and days out on the water with the boat so if there's any other divers with recommendations on here that would be greatly appreciated. Budget 500ish.

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Got a Mate with a new Garmin surpluss to requirements,not sure of model ect..Which you should get for a good price, if you pm me I'll put you in touch.
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If you can stretch to about 550 I'd recommend the Garmin Echomap 50dv (as opposed to the 50s). It's a highly capable unit and comes with built in bluechart g2 maps, which are pretty good and contain quite a few wrecks. The downvu is superb for spotting underwater structures and rock formations and the "trackback" allows you to trace back through the sonar screen to select a feature you like the look of. It then adds a waypoint where that feature is that you can navigate to. This means once you spot a wreck, you can pinpoint it on the map rather than trawling over the area trying to spot it again. I'll admit, a bigger screen would be nice but it is still a very good and usable little unit.

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raymarine dragonfly

Check out the Raymarine Dragonfly units, with chartplotter & Chirp technology sonar it picks out wrecks easy.
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I looked at the dragonfly and it also looked pretty good with a slightly bigger screen. The down side was the lack of nmea connections so i couldn't link it to the radio.

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We use the Garmin 551. Works fine for navigating & searching the wrecks.
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I've got what was, in it's day, a very expensive Lowrance LXC15 and the B*st*rds discontinued the charts for it and nothing else will run in it, so I'll NEVER buy another piece of Lowrance equipment even if it's a tenth of the price of everything else!
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I've got what was, in it's day, a very expensive Lowrance LXC15 and the B*st*rds discontinued the charts for it and nothing else will run in it, so I'll NEVER buy another piece of Lowrance equipment even if it's a tenth of the price of everything else!

Have you spoken to Navionics ?


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I've got what was, in it's day, a very expensive Lowrance LXC15 and the B*st*rds discontinued the charts for it and nothing else will run in it, so I'll NEVER buy another piece of Lowrance equipment even if it's a tenth of the price of everything else!
Which in fairness is like saying you'll never buy Sony 'cos they stopped making Betamax tapes, or Microsoft because they stopped supporting WinXP (best version of windoze ever imho) things move on. If you REALLY want to be stuck & beholden to a manufacturer WRG chart choices, buy Garmin Most of the big names give you a choice of charts, Navionics, Cmap, Jeppeson etc. With Garmin you have the choice of err! Garmin. Garmin have also removed the ability to use crowd sourced bathymetric data from the latest versions of their firmware.
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Thanks for all the replies I was at first drawn to the lowrance 5 hdi but am now interested in either the dragonfly 7 or the garmin echomap 50dv.
But with what Pikey Dave said above about map options I'm swaying towards the dragonfly. I don't really want to be stuck with one map provider choice. What benefits are there to having the radio connection?
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