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Old 06 May 2005, 04:01   #11
Country: UK - England
Town: Binfield
Boat name: merlinless now
Length: no boat
Join Date: Jul 2004
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You need to have paper charts. Also if you do your passage plan you will find that you only have to reference the chart once in a while.

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Old 06 May 2005, 10:58   #12
Country: UK - England
Town: Surbiton,Gt London
Length: 5m +
Join Date: Nov 2003
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OK so the paper stays but looking at either a Navman 5100 or Standard Horizon CP150 to help at speed both mono (but better than nothing) has any one any experance of the two that they would like to pass on.
Thanks for the comments to date

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Old 06 May 2005, 11:20   #13
Country: UK - Scotland
Make: HumberOceanOffshore
Length: 8m +
Engine: Volvo KAD300/DPX
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Posts: 5,125
Neal, be patient, save up and buy colour. It's wholly a better experience.
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Old 06 May 2005, 11:45   #14
Country: UK - England
Town: Penzance
Boat name: Dark Angel
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5.85
Engine: Mariner 90HP Four Stroke
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 116
Colour is well worth the extra, arround 400 total plus chart. If too much consider a good GPS with a track plot screen such as the Furuno GP32 (250), you will also then save on the chart. You can then enter basic chart info on the track plot screen.

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Old 07 May 2005, 16:12   #15
Country: UK - England
Town: Nr Faversham, Kent
Boat name: C Rider
Make: Avon
Length: 5m +
Engine: Yam 80
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 479
I went for the Navman 5100 mainly for its price. Clever bit of kit but I found the following annoyances.

Small text is far too small. Ok when stationary, but on the move - forget it.

Despite claims of jis and god knows what water intergrity rating, Navman seem to suffer with misting of the screen due to moisture.

The cursor in chart mode is very small. Best way to find it is to scroll to the edge and then back again. Impossible to use on the move.

Changing the display page is a bit tricky when on the move, and its a multi button job -<DISP> <scroll down/up to highlight selection> <ENT>

But all things concidered, I would give it 7 out of 10.

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Old 28 June 2005, 13:44   #16
Country: UK - England
Town: Swanmore nr Fareham
Boat name: Greyhound
Make: Ribtec
Length: 7m +
Engine: 225 Opti
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 155
I use the Garmin GPSMAP 172C, purchased at Southampton Boat Show last Year, never let me down, easy to use. It even has tide tables which is nice. I went for the model with the internal GPS aerial as it's on a rib. Easy to take off the boat so it's not nicked (30 secs to remove).

I was going to purchase the next model up with the fish finder etc built in, but then you only get half a screens worth of depth and half a screens width of chart! or one of the other. I think the extra cost of the unit was dearer than buying a seperate Garmin Fish Finder!

Very pleased with the unit - very easy to read in direct sunlight and at an angle. The screen brightness is so good that it doubles as a navigation light when it shines in your face at night (you can turn it down)

Proper nav lights now fitted


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