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Old 14 November 2006, 09:36   #1
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Old 14 November 2006, 10:05   #2
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Anyone got the 178c how does it shape up
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Old 23 November 2006, 05:32   #4
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Tim - try looking lower down the first and second pages of this thread, as a James and Matt both have positive things to say about the 178C

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Looks like I will stick with Garmin and maybe Stanard Horizon Fixed DSC for the new rib
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Old 24 November 2006, 11:11   #6
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Can't see anything about them being Smartcraft compatible though - I guess Navman have that sewn up?
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Yes, no smart craft on garmin - checked this recently. although the new 8084 navman looks really good
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Looks like Garmin are forging ahead with the second generation of there electronic charts. Main differences seems to be photos of harbours on the display to guide you in and tidal arrows on the charts giving direction and speed etc.

However if your happy with the current blue charts from Garmin then there are some bargins to be had.

The Marine superstore in Port Solenti are selling Garmin 2006 colour chart plotters for 399 and 100 for the English channel chart. Or Garmin 178 mono chrome for 149 and 100 for the chart. 3 weeks ago they had 50 Garmin 2006c, at 11 am this morning they had 10 left. So if you want a large colour chart plotter and are happy with the current system and don't need the extras on the second genration you will need to be quick.


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Bloody hell what a bargain!!! 400 for a nice big plotter - amazing!!!
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Well maybe but the 2 series will be two series old next year and they are now discontinued products. The current series is the 3 series and, I guess, will come up as bargains next year when the new 4 series is launched. The 3 series have a good number of advantages over the 2 series but, in particular, Garmin have released updated software for them which will read the new g2 charts so they'll be able to read old and new. I have the 2010 and I like it but I'll be considering the 3 series next season.

However, I see Garmin as closing in a bit like Apple because they have developed their own networking interfaces for general communication and for sounder info which exclude the connection to non-Garmin devices. At present they still include an NMEA port. My 2 series has four NMEA ports but my latest unit has only one plus the CANet sounder network port. There aren't any manuals available for the new 4 series yet but I bet they move in that direction. If they do, for me, that makes the 3 series the one to have for maximum flexibility.
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