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Old 04 April 2005, 07:11   #1
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navionics v c-map

navionics gold or c-map....??? maybe even c-map max... thing is i like the raymarine screens which run navionics gold, but ive heard c-map max is the dogs danglesta gt
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Hi gt,

As processing Dealers for C Map, Navionics & Garmin Bluechart I can honestly say that "in terms of navigational operation" there is little to choose between them however in terms of advanced features then C Max is indeed the dangly bits! However how far are you planning to cruise in reality? Do you need ariel photos of all marinas and harbour approaches? Do you need forward real time tidel data capability? Real time animated navigation lights? etc If you do then C Max is certainly the one to choose but if not ???
In otherwords how advanced do YOU need the software to be? Any one of these systems is a vast improvement on all previous electronic charting, sure each has different features and extras that may. or may, not be of any benefit to you.
At the end of the day lets face it if you`ve never had them you wont miss them.
Sorry if this has caused more confusion than help but I was trying to be honest
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hi steve is cmap max out yet?? ive heard there is trouble getting it? I have also been told that navionics can become cluttered at different levels of zoom, is this true?

I cruise south coast but when i get my new boat wanna go to channel islands etc.. thats kind of why i was thinking along the lines of raymarine with radar features, overlay etc... Do you deal in the hardware aswell?? if so do you have a preference for running either forms of charts in the around 6-8" range?

ps whats the tidal thing??

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Morning Gt,

Firstly I can process C Max cartridges right now - so no problems there.
One cartridge from either C Map. Navionics or Garmin will cover all the south coast UK, Channel Islands and northern French coast for more or less the same price (C Max is the largest for ).

Regarding tidel data features and functions of C Max have a look here
http://www.c-map.co.uk/leisure_boats.html

Navionics can be somewhat cluttered but the levels of data visible at various zoom levels can be adjusted on all three makes so this should not, neccessarily, be too much of a concern.

We are official Raymarine, Lowrance, Garmin, Standard Horizon & Navman Dealers and can supply complete packages from any one of the above.

In terms of (market ready) multi-function units then the Raymarine C Series are your only choice, however both Garmin and Standard are working on similar systems but these will not be fully available this season.

In terms of a stand alone plotter, IMHO at this point in time, I would probably plumb for a Standard Horizon CP175C running C Max - or for multi function then the Raymarine C70/80 running Navionics Gold.

All the best,

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thanks steve, very interesting, ill give you a call next month


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Dont waste your money on any of it - get yourself a paper chart

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