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Old 05 December 2018, 11:23   #11
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I use a Garmin 451s. The screen is small but usable and 6 years old. I use it for speed and depth info. The newer devices should have better screens. However, the largest screens are touch screens. Take advice on one to intend to buy as some of them are useless to control in the rain or heavy sprsy.
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Old 05 December 2018, 11:38   #12
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I use a Garmin 451s. The screen is small but usable and 6 years old. I use it for speed and depth info. The newer devices should have better screens. However, the largest screens are touch screens. Take advice on one to intend to buy as some of them are useless to control in the rain or heavy sprsy.
I have a touchscreen garmin and normal one on my boat, if I was buying 2 now I would get touchscreen only as on balance I prefer it, ymmv ofcourse. Mines is only a problem with some gloves, rain does sod all to my garmin 751....the owner doesnt like it though
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I like Garmin but unfortunately I think the only one that will fit is the 45. The raymarine is a better fit, but not sure on that choice
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certainly wouldn't be without one got a little garmin handheld as backup too


Yup I have a Garmin handheld too. Cracking bit of kit Do you have the G2 UK chart?
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Yup I have a Garmin handheld too. Cracking bit of kit Do you have the G2 UK chart?
No Dave just got it because I use it for work but it doubles up for the boat as a back up to find my way if the plotter goes plus its got a compass shows petrol, food etc I guess putting charts on it would be the way to go have you mine is an Oregon 600
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No Dave just got it because I use it for work but it doubles up for the boat as a back up to find my way if the plotter goes plus its got a compass shows petrol, food etc I guess putting charts on it would be the way to go have you mine is an Oregon 600


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I was trying to source a bigger screen gps to replace my 451s ,a raymarine dragon fly 5" will fit where a garmin 4" used too . personally i did,nt buy as i an also cosidering ditching my yam gauges and using the nmea engine data into a large screen jobby,would also comment the transom sensor for dragonfly is awkward size compared to garmin
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I have a touchscreen garmin and normal one on my boat, if I was buying 2 now I would get touchscreen only as on balance I prefer it, ymmv ofcourse. Mines is only a problem with some gloves, rain does sod all to my garmin 751....the owner doesnt like it though
I have used a B&G and I think a Lowrance Chartplotters on cockpit consoles for yachts I have delivered. Large raindrops and moderate rain on the screen screw up the control of device making them almost impossible to control/alter. It is a bit of a bugger when the Chart plotter integrates the autopilot. However, not all chartplotters I have used are affected by rain, hence my comment of 'Take Advice

I may have a post mounted Dragonfly Chart plotter available soon from a motor boat I own. But it might be too big for you. PM me if you want more details or a viewing. I am in Cornwall
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I have used a B&G and I think a Lowrance Chartplotters on cockpit consoles for yachts I have delivered. Large raindrops and moderate rain on the screen screw up the control of device making them almost impossible to control/alter. It is a bit of a bugger when the Chart plotter integrates the autopilot. However, not all chartplotters I have used are affected by rain, hence my comment of 'Take Advice



I may have a post mounted Dragonfly Chart plotter available soon from a motor boat I own. But it might be too big for you. PM me if you want more details or a viewing. I am in Cornwall


I have a pair of Lowrance gen3 plotters integrated to the autopilot with no problems, and we’ve been out in some very wet conditions. The gen3 are hybrid with buttons & touch screen. The only time we revert to the buttons is if it’s lumpy. As an aside, Lowrance /B&G/Simrad are essentially the same kit in different boxes. They are all owned by Navico.
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A compass is a good idea, in case your electronics go faulty, which is always possible. You should always have a backup. Even a cheap hand-held is better than nothing. Just my opinion!
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