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Old 21 October 2009, 16:11   #11
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I have a A65 connected to a DSM25 (?) sounder module. The combo works well, but I use it mostly as a fishfinder/ backup plotter. Physically, it's a fairly bulky unit. They are definitely "last Gen" as regards the features, no AIS input etc. I got a good deal on mine from Raymarine in the UK (free sounder module).
so can one contact raymarine uk directly and get better deals?
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Old 21 October 2009, 17:34   #12
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so can one contact raymarine uk directly and get better deals?
Sorry, should have explained that one better; I had sent in a Fishfinder for repair that was DOA. The sale followed from that. RayDirect might be a better bet for a "fresh" call. That said, they were keen to sell me a replacement.

Unless you get a VERY good deal on a A65, I'd keep looking. Nothing wrong with it, just a question of value....
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Old 21 October 2009, 17:38   #13
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Sorry, should have explained that one better; I had sent in a Fishfinder for repair that was DOA. The sale followed from that. RayDirect might be a better bet for a "fresh" call. That said, they were keen to sell me a replacement.

Unless you get a VERY good deal on a A65, I'd keep looking. Nothing wrong with it, just a question of value....
what kind of chartplotter would you suggest ?
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Sorry - can't help you there, others will be more up to date. Suffice to say, if I hadn't been in the bind I was, I wouldn't have bought a A65.

Things I don't like:
Big (ratio of screen to footprint)
Poor sunlight visability
Limited features in software
Easily scratched screen

Things I like:
Very easy to use (main plotter is a 435i)
Got a free Fishfinder module

If you get a cheap one - it's a good bet. The Fishfinder module is expensive if you have to PAY for it
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what kind of chartplotter would you suggest ?
garmin 450s/550s preprogramed uk irish sea, simple to use interface.built in gps sensor. marine superstore have some of the best prices as the new models are now available 421/521, minimal changes faster chart redraw etc.
check previous threads on garmin 550 very popular.
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Old 02 November 2009, 11:26   #16
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I would go for an integrated unit - built in fishfinder/depth sounder as opposed to black box- although with the A65 being discountinued the prices are good. The very latest Garmin 556s, has a VGA screen, but you probably wont find a cheap one, but check http://www.mynewcheap.co.uk/products...ap-556s/36809/

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I'm on the look out for a new or good 2nd hand chartplotter for my new boat.

Want something with a 5 inch screen or bigger.
Want something with preloaded Ireland maps.

Any recommendations?
Any good dealers or shops in uk to buy from?
As has been said, Garmin 550S or 555S. Great value as they have just been discontinued but still a very capable plotter.

Try Google Shopping search.
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We have the Garmin 550s - very pleased with it

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We have the Garmin 550s - very pleased with it

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Are the maps fairly detailed? Is the internal antenna sufficent enough?
Did you add any maps?

whats the difference in the 550 to the 551?
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Are the maps fairly detailed? Is the internal antenna sufficent enough?
Did you add any maps?

whats the difference in the 550 to the 551?
Hi there

We have added Blue Chart maps - very detailed - but added cost - the basic mapping however seems pretty good for navigation

We have an external antenna (RIB came with one fitted) - so have'nt tried without

Re the difference - no idea - sorry - should also add ours is the sonar version 550s - thats a pretty cool addtion as you can keep an eye on depth and fish

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