Originally Posted by Barrowboy
Dan, have you decided which electronics you'll be installing?
I was planning on taking a trip to the Excel Boat Show in order to get down-and-dirty with some plotters but I've just had a look at the exhibitors list for the show and Navico/Lowrance/B&G/Simrad, whose NSS (non-touchscreen) plotters are of interest, don't appear on the list? Simrad's website states that they will be exhibiting but I wonder if their presence at the show will be a bloke on (say) the MES Ltd stand?
Garmin and Raymarine have their own stands.
Seriously considering taking a Flybe from Manchester to Dusseldorf for £160 round trip later in the month instead...
Tony, this is why I went to the boatshow at Southampton last year as I wanted to purchase a cheap chartplotter and had already narrowed it down to a short list of 7" screen chartplotters :
1.) Raymarine eD7 (sonar transducer compatible unit) - This was my preferred unit as its a hybrid touch screen unit. However the boat show prices were coming in at over £800 for the unit, plus £150 for the transducer and then over £230 for the navionics chart which I don't believe it is as good as the garmin charts (IMHO). Conclusion was maybe a £100 saving outside boat show remit and an expensive package
2.) Garmin echomap 70s (sonar transducer compatible unit). A full touch screen unit but my console doesn't get that wet as I'm a fair weather boater
and Chris Caton has had a Garmin touch screen for a few years and if its good enough for him its good enough for me
. Anyway cheapest price I could get at the boat show was £715 for the unit, £100 for the sonar in hull transducer and the Garmin charts I can get at very cheap price
. Conclusion was a much more competitive price but only an £85 saving on the garmin unit itself at the boat show.
So as the Garmin echomap 70s was a far more competitive price and as I have used Garmin before I have just bought a new unit from ebay from a company based in the US. Full price including postage and customs charges is £510 and I have just bought the transducer from Cactus marine for £100.
Hope this helps Tony
P.S. Both the Garmin and Raymarine had there own exhibits at Southampton Boat Show but you couldn't buy direct off them at the boat show