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Old 22 June 2013, 11:12   #1
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recommendations for a 12" plotter

Any good recommendations for a plotter to replace my navman?

The service centre are pushing me towards a lowrance or a simrad.

Are the garmins any good?

Any good deals going as well I can look at?

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Old 23 June 2013, 03:51   #2
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Miller, the service centre are pushing you towards Lowrance & Simrad because all three are owned by Navico. Nothing wrong with either, Lowrance are cheaper but fairly much identical to Simrad. Garmin are fine.

My pick would be either Lowrance or Garmin. If it was JUST a plotter I wanted, I'd probably go Garmin. Do you actually want a plotter with a 12" screen, or one that fills a 12" hole in the console?

Be aware that many of the Lowrance units ship with no cartography, whereas many of the Garmins do.
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Willk, i think that you are the RN go to leccy boff.

Which is good, 'coz you don't know jack sh*t about boats, outboards or strimmers!
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Lowrance are cheaper but fairly much identical to Simrad.
So close that the Lowrance and Simrad Structurescan modules share a manual.
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Willk, i think that you are the RN go to leccy boff.

Which is good, 'coz you don't know jack sh*t about boats, outboards or strimmers!
You're just sore 'cos Osprey don't make a Plotter. Of course if they did, even I know it would be the best

BTW, that strimmer gets weekly duty for six months of the year, rolled out of the shop back in 2000 and hasn't been back since. I only bought it 'cos it/I was cheap, so luck appears to count for something too
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You're just sore 'cos Osprey don't make a Plotter. Of course if they did, even I know it would be the best
That's rich coming from the guy in the RB underwear.

Osprey hulls are proper and great for winding up RC owners.
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That's rich coming from the guy in the RB underwear.
Like a stick of seaside rock, if you snapped me in the middle it would say REDBAY all the way through.

So I don't need to flash my pants at every passerby
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Miller, the service centre are pushing you towards Lowrance & Simrad because all three are owned by Navico. Nothing wrong with either, Lowrance are cheaper but fairly much identical to Simrad. Garmin are fine.

My pick would be either Lowrance or Garmin. If it was JUST a plotter I wanted, I'd probably go Garmin. Do you actually want a plotter with a 12" screen, or one that fills a 12" hole in the console?

Be aware that many of the Lowrance units ship with no cartography, whereas many of the Garmins do.
I like the Garmin stuff coz the menu is simple, n I neeeeeeed simple, when you press menu you get menu for the page you are on, some plotters go back to the main menu, which is a pain when you is bobbing about on the wetstuff we went for the 4008 as it was as big as we could fit, the through hull depth sounder (mounts inside hulle, you don't need to drill through hull ) is a great bit of kit too, but it does add a large bit to the bill don't know much about other makes, but guess they have all moved on a bit in recent years, I would deffo want to have a play with one in the shop before splashing the cash, see which you like, which menu's make sense etc, and which will fit in the space you have, they all seem to measure in the own way!!
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they all seem to measure in the own way!!
That's very true-if there's an online template available, use it before buying as you may find the fixing holes go into space even if the manufacturer says it's a direct replacement. Been there done that
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