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Old 17 July 2006, 02:31   #1
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navman or raymarine chartplotter

I am in the market for a new chartplotter. I have been through 4 standard horizon cp 170 and cp 175. I will never buy a standard chartplotter again. The supplier has replaced it four times and will not supply another. moisture problems and the is now not getting a fix.

i have read all the previous threads regarding these plotters, but still need more input.

Navman 5605 or Raymarine c70

i already have c maps so there is a little savings there and i like the fuel flow meters from navman.

thoughts??
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Old 17 July 2006, 14:26   #2
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Navman chartplotter

Hi,

I have a one year old Navman 5500. It keeps getting lost! When this happens it sulks and does nothing until it is turned off and back on again.

Last weekend we went round the IOW (Great day) and it now has gone US. Probably due to water ingress.

When it works I find it slow to redraw and a pritty poor unit so I vote for the Raymarine unit.

Good luck and let us know how you get on.

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Old 17 July 2006, 14:41   #3
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Raymarine Raymarine Raymarine!!!

Try to get the C80 if you can afford it - same unit but screen is a bit bigger. I am very happy with mine.

I looked at the Navman - they are a lot cheaper but I was put off with the problems people have said they get. Apparently condensation is one of the main probs. I have a Navman 3100 fuel computer - it's great but guess what - it's the only instrument that fogs up all the time!!!

I have linked the Raymarine DSM300 fishfinder into the C80 and it is the best fishfinder I have ever seen - really accurate and easy to use. I went for a trasom mount transducer though - if you can use through hull.
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Old 17 July 2006, 15:25   #4
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Neither... Go Garmin. If you've got the cash , 2100 series. Back up is good as well.

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Neither... Go Garmin. If you've got the cash , 2100 series. Back up is good as well.

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Raymarine backup is also excellent - very helpful when I needed advice after having bought grey imports unknowingly from those sharks at Cactus.

I have been playing around with the Garmin units as well - great bits of kit but prefer the Raymarine - only real way to tell is to use them both.
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only real way to tell is to use them both.
True. The question should really be "Raymarine or Garmin?"
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Old 17 July 2006, 20:13   #7
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True. The question should really be "Raymarine or Garmin?"
i would defo agree with that
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Thanks for all the input looks like I will go for the raymarine.
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I have Raymarine and Garmin side by side. They are both good but different. The Raymarine certainly has the edge on image quality but if I've not used the Raymarine for a while, I end up bu**ering about in the menu structure. The Garmin is, somehow, always straightforward.

If you have the opportunity, try them both.
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I would like to echo jw's comments. Raymarine make nice kit, but I find I can't just use it; the menus etc are too messy with features hidden in weird places. Garmin kit on the other hand is intuitive to use and my personal preference. The Garmin 3000 series is excellent.
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