Originally Posted by limeydal
The only thing I was apprehensive about was the relativly small screen and wondered if you thought it was a little to small to be practical in a RIB.?
I've got the Garmin 178c and this only has a 4.5" diag viewing area and I find it perfect for what I need. The size of the screen depends on two things really in my experience:
1.) How blind you are......my mate hates the 178c and says the screens too small when he hasn't got his glasses on. My answer.....who's boat is it anyway!
2.) If you know your local boating waters......I've had boats in Guernsey for nearly 15 years and know my local haunts like the back of my hand. I only use the plotter as a quick visual reference or if I'm looking for something in particular.......dive site for example.
If you don't know your local waters that well then I'd suggest a bigger screen as you'll spend more time looking at it.
The other small one off item that pushed me towards the Garmin was the fact that I didn't know quite how much mounting space I'd have on the console and so went for a smaller unit. In hindsight I could have probably fitted a lot bigger unit in than I initially thought.
If I had the money at the moment I'd probably be looking at: Garmin 3010c with all the toys attached, Lowrance LCX-104c or I'd like a Raymarine C-Series.......but not sure if they are waterproofed enough!?
As I've already got the charting software than I'd probably plump for the Garmin!
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