Originally Posted by Pinto
I do not have much of a clue about GPSs, having just recently bought my first RIB. After much to-ing and fro-ing I think I have narrowed it down to the Garmin 276c - unless anyone can advise me otherwise!
I realise that there is a huge price difference if bought from the States - can anyone give me any advise as to what to look out for, or any mishaps you might have had with such a purchase that I should try to avoid.
I see you are based in Glasgow, so no doubt you will be buzzing around our west coast waters sooner or later. Before I realised that I couldn't afford a plotter I was looking at Garmin, but discounted them because their chart 'module'? cut off point runs east/west through the Firth of Lorne.
This means that if you want to go from Crinan to Tobermory you will have to buy two of their chart sets - and they are expensive (hundreds of pounds). Plotters that can use Cmap charts are better I think, because you will only need one set of those charts.
I finally settled on an old used Garmin GPS and bought the RYA Electronic Chart Plotter program with chart pack 12. (See thread 'chart plotter tuition ' in the Ribs and Ribbing forum.) Much cheaper set up, but not quite as good as a plotter.