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Old 31 December 2006, 11:28   #1
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GPS Plotters for small RIBS

I guess this is one of those questions that may have been asked a few times but which colour GPS Plotters do you rate for use with small Ribs I guess the 5" type would be preferable.

For instance on ebay you can buy either a

NAVMAN TF6500 TM Color Chartplotter/Fishfinder Combo £339
NAVMAN T5505 5" TFT Colour WAAS GPS Chartplotter £269
GARMIN 182 5inch COLOUR GPS CHART PLOTTER £295

I understand that the plotters are all pretty good however it is the mapping software they use that is what really counts. What have you guys found to work well?

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Old 31 December 2006, 12:17   #2
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i like these - NAVMAN T5505 5" TFT Colour WAAS GPS Chartplotter

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Old 31 December 2006, 12:32   #3
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In my opinion Chartplotters for RIBs are good if you accept they have limitations.
They are no good when its bright in an open RIB and you can't read them when bouncing around. But they are good for many other things such as when its reduced visibility etc.
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Old 31 December 2006, 13:10   #4
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I've had a Lowrance 3500C plotter for over a year now and find it great. Sunlight visibility is good and it seems really solid. Repeatedly gets covered in saltwater and no evidence of any water ingress. The screen res was better than equivalent Garmin (and I think screen was a bit bigger) which swayed my decision. Accepts Navionics or Lowrance's own charts.

Agreed - reading it at 30Knts when bouncing around is not easy!
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I guess one of the considerations is the cost of charts the Navman deal of £245.58 for the MAX Megawide chart which gives you the whole of the West UK and Ireland seems a good one I think with Garmin you pay about $260 for the Bluechart Europe CD which includes one region unlock code such as the english channel and then for each region you want to unlock you pay more ? how much are the unlock codes I wonder?

Admitedly I can't see that I would need much more then the Channel for the moment however as I got more adventurous who knows!!

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Old 31 December 2006, 13:49   #6
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What about this http://www.standardhorizon.com/ VHF & Chart Plotter in one + fish finder as an option.

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What about this http://www.standardhorizon.com/ VHF & Chart Plotter in one + fish finder as an option.

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Great idea in theory, but what if something breaks? You are then stuck without GPS, VHF & Fishfinder... doh!
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We have the Navman 5505 and yes its a bit small at speed, but you can blow up the display to include speed, heading and depth, or whatever you want on the screen really. A very usefull feature that means you can glance at it to see whats happening. When we first got ours, we found they did mist up, but then we stopped using the supplied white covers and no more misting! We use the navbus which you buy seperatly so that all the units `talk` to each other and display info on all the screens. Our charts came off ebay, whole NE coast for £70, so not bad. Found them to be reliable and good value.
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Old 31 December 2006, 15:00   #9
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Vince,

Why did the white cover stop it misting. Do you know ?
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Not a clue, maybe the lack of sunlight to the screen or something, but now we dont use them, no more probs. They are a snug fit when you push them on, so humidity could be getting trapped in there.
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