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Old 30 March 2015, 03:32   #11
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There is no such think as too large a screen in the chartplotter world.

Get the largest screen you can aford.

Navico own and make lowrance/simrad and b&g now. They are all essentially the same kit. They make the 3G / 4G radar which is probably the best radar for a rib as it's safe at head height (that's for another discussion)

Garmin is good kit, probably the cheapest "good" brand.

Raymairine, IMO is the best kit on a RIB.
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Old 30 March 2015, 07:10   #12
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There is no such think as too large a screen in the chartplotter world.

Get the largest screen you can aford.

Aye! whoever said smaller is better, has obviously never played with a big 'un


.....sh1t happens.......
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Old 30 March 2015, 07:25   #13
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I use an ipad (must be with Wi‑Fi + Cellular , celluar has the GPS Chip) Navionics, Nobletec timezero or Isailor. and a case from AudioNation, and a ram mount to hold it.

Means i can use it on the boat, the car or the motorbike and mean i get all the other stuff i pads give too.
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Old 30 March 2015, 07:25   #14
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Navico own and make lowrance/simrad and b&g now. They are all essentially the same kit. They make the 3G / 4G radar which is probably the best radar for a rib as it's safe at head height (that's for another discussion)

Garmin is good kit, probably the cheapest "good" brand.

Raymairine, IMO is the best kit on a RIB.
I'm trying to decide between the Raymarine Dragonfly 7 & the Lowrance Elite 7.
Main usage will be as a fishfinder in saltwater depths of up to 200 feet but usually shallower so the sonar side is more important than the plotter.
Which would you say has the better down view capability & quality - or is there something better for a budget of 700ish?
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Old 30 March 2015, 09:24   #15
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I have a garmin 550. A simple bit of equipment. A good size for my boat. The screen is just about large enough. I would not want any smaller. It is a buget priced item ( of the good brands). I returned it to Malt house when it developed a fault. quickly fixed.

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Old 30 March 2015, 12:33   #16
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There is no such think as too large a screen in the chartplotter world.

Get the largest screen you can aford.
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I have a Garmin 556 on my 5.3, and it is the one thing I'd change from my original spec. Should have pushed the budget and got a larger screen / unit.

Small screen is hard to read at an angle, or when it gets bumpy.
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Old 30 March 2015, 12:43   #17
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I would buy as reasonably large as you can afford and get a colour one. Perosnally I can't see the whole integrated suite of Lowarnce and have two 7" colour plotters and all the other toys on the RIB.
Only faulure has been a Garmin GPS aerial on my last RIB and a Lowrance GPs aerial on the newer one in about 12-15 years.
I liked the Garmin but the Navionics charts and interoperabilty of Lowrance have the edge for me, especially the charts as I have the whole of Scotland on one chart card and its brill!
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Old 30 March 2015, 14:00   #18
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big screen plotter

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Touch screen and not..
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The E7D is actually quite big, nice bit of kit it is too. I think that small (5"-6") is fine for a small boat operating in clear viz on calmish seas. On anything else, bigger is always better, IMO.
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Old 30 March 2015, 16:07   #20
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I have Lowrance HDS 5 button operated. Buttons are fiddly but they work. Unit has lots of features and easy to read. 3 years, great customer service in my experience (was replaced for next to no cost by UK distributor because old Lowrance unit finally packed up.

Easy to set up and simple for novices to use with only a couple of minutes demo.

Would certainly avoid a touchscreen. I can operate the buttons on mine at speed in poor weather. Touchscreen either wouldn;t work or more likely get cracked with impact if operating whilst at speed.
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