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Old 01 January 2004, 05:53   #1
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Happy new year everyone. I expect that this question has been asked many-a-time, but which system is better: Bluechart or C-Map?

I've tried both out in shops and the level of detail was better on the Garman than the Navman.

As the date of purchasing this equipement draws nearer and I'm no expert in these matters and am calling upon the experience of the Forum for help!

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My recommendation, Andy, would be to look at the functionality/quality/etc of your plotter/sounder first.
Having made you choice of instrument, then accept the type of chip it works with.
"Level of detail" you will find, is not too important, when whizzing along at 35knots in a 5m RIB. Indeed, I have seen boats who turn their screens to BIG LETTERS only, in order to be able to continualy view that important bit of data.
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Hi Andy

Agree with Brian, even on a big plotter in anything other than a calm sea it takes you all the time to press the right button, never mind trying to pull up some data on a buoy, or scrolling around on high zoom.

Never used C-Map but like blue chart and the ability to plan a passage on the PC then download, all included in the price (if you get the CD version) Think this is extra on C-MAP.

Only down side is when you need to update its the full price for a new chart again (I think).

Like Garmin plotters, but dont rate their sounders if that helps, in case your looking for a combined unit.

Think colour is well worth the money, but not sure iof it was between a big mono or a small colour

I suggest go to the boat show, stick to the main ones that will stand up on ribs (waterproof, ask other ribbers not the sales guys as they tell you you can go diving with them all !!) and see which one you like best.

We went ready to buy a Raymarine and came away with a Garmin when we bought at the boat show.


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Old 01 January 2004, 08:50   #4
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Not sure if I can get to the boat show this year! (Work)

Wasn't too concerned with detail when zooming about the solent, was more interested in harbour areas when I'd be doing a more resonable speed and need the info for navigating channel entances etc.

I've seen lots of negative feedback about Garmin sounders on the forum, so won't be buying one.....


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Hi Andy

I would be a bit carful about using plotters to navigate channels etc.

Up this area channels etc change so much most are not even marked on plotter charts.

I tend to navigate the channel in good conditions then follow my one trail on the plotter, making little use of the chart. This way as things move you just clear your trail and replot. Using this feature the cart detail has little impact in the ability to navigate to the GPS.

It may be different in south cost major harbours but most electronic charts fall down in the ability to update as things change.

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I bought the Garmin 182 recently and am very pleased with it. The bluechart was expensive but covered the whole west coast from NI to Cape Wrath (basically my whole likely cruising area and more) the detail is very good even zoomed in and very accurate to real life. Charts can be updated when needed on the same disc for around 20-30.
Overall I would buy the same plotter again if I was making the choice now.
Can't say the same about my garmin sounder though, it really is crap!
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[i]Can't say the same about my garmin plotter though, it really is crap! [/B]
Hope you mean "Sounder"

Yes I too was pleased with a local demo of the 182C and get a chart chucked in after the LBS if I wait.

But why is the 182C much more expensive than the Navman5500?

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pleased with a local demo of the 182C and get a chart chucked in after the LBS if I wait.
So, a Garmin with a free chart v Navman with no chart... is that the choice?
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Well I've got a Navman lined up in the States and can get my charts from over there as well. BUT!!!!

Even though I can get major savings from the States with Navman (not so good with Garmin) a couple of local tests with the C-Map and the Bluechart would suggest that Bluechart has a greater detail when Zoomed in.

It really is a dilemma for me.....Low cost V higher detail.

This is why I'd like to know what the forum prefers! To help make my mind up.
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I wouldn't recommend the "grey import" route. Mainly because in reality the savings are marginal, but also because Garmin give superb warranty cover (and beyond) on their gear. They are really super people to deal with.

On the other hand - how long have Navman been making GPS chart Plotters?
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