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Old 08 February 2006, 17:36   #11
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i used for years the navionics plotters which are very very good...i had the garmin 172 for my car and did also a very good job...both after rough use had no problems and the deviation is very small.....about 3-5mts.....
also very easy usage and easy to learn display and buttons.
i now have the standard horizon which i must say is a little difficult to learn for use but has very good analysis very good zoom in and many many information,big memory and analysis of tides etc.....
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Old 08 February 2006, 18:33   #12
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If you're looking at a full installation speed, depth etc with your new display, decide whether you need NMEA 2000 or not. Lowrance have full NMEA 2000 bus system but Garmin seem to be ploughing their own furrow and haven't adopted yet. New Garmin 3000 series has multiple serial ports for NMEA 0183 interfacing.

Also if you're doing cross-channel trips decide if you want AIS on your display. Not all kit reads AIS NMEA sentences yet although Garmin tell me that it's coming end of Q1. Not sure re Lowrance on that.
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Old 09 February 2006, 05:31   #13
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Had a look at Standard Horizon, you need to read the manual it isnt as intuitive as the Garmin software to navigate around in. Garmin seem to be marketing this CANet system now on their new items.

This may be a dumb question but does a DSC alert show on all plotters if it is picked up by your radio and the plotter is covering that area at the time.
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Old 09 February 2006, 06:15   #14
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Time For A Upgrade

As a matter of interest out off the 4 main suppliers Lowrance-Raymarine-
Navman & garman who dos the best deals on softwear charts ect

And who in your opinion are the clearest to see on a bright day for a chap with
failing eyesight
My present GPS is a ageing philips in a orange waterproof case prob ex RLNI
which needs to be in the dark to read it so i think its time to invest a littel
money on a new one

Very Littel

And what in gods name is NMEA 2000 ?
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Old 09 February 2006, 08:46   #15
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personally having for 3 years the navionics 6inc screen colour (model 16X) with the bright sun we have in our waters i could see very good.
The standard horizon i just got with the new boat model 175 is clear in sunshine but has difficult menu and the joystick is pain in the ass...especially when having 5-6B in sea....
from previous plotters my idea is that the best is the black/white screen in all conditions.no problem at all..
As far as NMEA if i'm not mistaking is a port that you can connect you plotter/gps with yr vhf (distrees)...
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