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Old 27 December 2014, 20:37   #1
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Anybody using / have any experience of this brand..... Chinese but now has a Uk distributor.....

Just curious really....
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Old 28 December 2014, 04:09   #2
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Yes have installed one.

Exactly what you'd expect cheap & Chinese, does what it says on the tin.

Lacks refinement but ultimately works and is less than 1/2 the price of an euilavent garmin or Raymarine !
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Yes have installed one.

Exactly what you'd expect cheap & Chinese, does what it says on the tin.

Lacks refinement but ultimately works and is less than 1/2 the price of an euilavent garmin or Raymarine !
Thanks Daniel, noticed there was a dealer your neck of the woods..... How cheap and Chinese ? I've got a 12 inch plotter to replace.... And that's all it needs to be.... A plotter. I've not particular issue with the Chinese thing, but 18 months warranty and just one importer..... I guess what I'm asking us whether you'd stick one on your boat? After all this will probably just go for a known brand, but the prices are very tempting
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Old 28 December 2014, 14:18   #4
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Yes the uk importer is in kent, and the chandlery next door retail the units. They have nearly all the models on display to try and id be only to pleased to make the coffee and chat RIBs if you're passing !!

The model I fitted was the 12" with built in AIS transponder. At well under 1000 this is truly exceptional value.

A friend has bought one for his RIB when he swaps to a larger console in the new year, the same model I believe.

My comments (based on very brief use) would be:

-Chinese AIS programming interface very chinese and clunky to get working. Needed to google instructions plus a bit of undocumented trial and error.

-good solid well made unit.

-IP rating a little grey but seams to translate to suitable for RIB use.

-screen refresh when zooming in/out a little slow by modern standards. Could live with that (think 10yr old garmin).

-general interface a little clunky. A lot less intuitive than a modern "big brand" but all the basic functions seam to be there

-no nmea 2000 (and nor would I expect it at this price point)

The units support c-map max so no worries there.

Would I fit one to my own boat? Yes, if I were on a budget.

Will I be fitting one? No, I'd rather spend that bit more for the big-brand user interface and quicker processor plus expansion and upgrade options for these units seam limited.
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Thanks very much for that Daniel, extremely useful! Food for thought.... Will let you know what we decide.... Need to get the new boat here first, so a few weeks off before we have to make a decision.... Thanks again!
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Okay, so having wrestled with it i've gone ahead and ordered the 1299A (with built in AIS Transceiver)..... Dealt with Alan Vicks (importer) directly. Have had other positive reports on the product and Alan himself.....a very nice chap to deal with.

It may be considered a bit of a gamble, but the (worldwide if you search) reviews i've read seem positive and to indicate it will suit my needs (thanks also /again to Daniel for his feedback). It comes with UK cartography and at a very strong price point.... I also mentioned this thread to Alan, so he may be along at some point.

Will let you know how we get on when it arrives..... linky below: Scroll down to the 'A' version for specs Onwa chartplotters from AVES Marine Ltd

Fully aware this wont appeal to the tech heads, but so long as its an easy to use / reliable plotter (AIS a bonus) i'll be happy.... I can honestly say I never use anything like the full capability of the Lowrance HDS we have, most of the capabilities are wasted on me
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Does it have its own style or is it one of the existing ones like Cmap or navionics etc?
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Old 02 January 2015, 15:20   #10
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Does it have its own style or is it one of the existing ones like Cmap or navionics etc?

I understand they have their own chart available at about 25. From what I saw it was not detailed enough for rib style navigation (lacked detail at higher zooms)
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