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Old 23 March 2015, 19:40   #1
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Rib Chartplotter

Hi all, if you were to put a Chartplotter in your rib. What one would you go for???? Preferably touchscreen.

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Old 23 March 2015, 19:51   #2
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I wouldn't go for touchscreen unless it's not going to get wet.

I've got a non touchscreen Lowrance HDS7 on mine.I really don't like the HDS7 touch version. It's unusable in gloves or when wet in my experience.
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Old 24 March 2015, 00:16   #3
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I wouldn't go for pure touch screen as Nos says. Either buttons or hybrid. I'm looking at the Lowrance HDS gen 3 series for my next boat. I personally don't like Garmin, as they don't use Navionics charts, which I DO like. Raymarine are overpriced imho. I've had Lowrance in the past & been very pleased.
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Old 24 March 2015, 03:04   #4
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I went for touch screen and regret it!
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Old 24 March 2015, 04:43   #5
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I have a garmin 750 touch screen. Great plotter but I would not get anothervtouch screen in a open rib if planning to go out in anything other than fine weather. It was unusable when rough and raining.

When getting another, I would get one with buttons.
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Old 24 March 2015, 06:21   #6
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I asked a similar question not long ago...

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Old 24 March 2015, 11:46   #7
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Personally I would avoid Lowrance. I had the HDS5 and 8 both of which failed in under 2 years and the customer service/repairs was terrible.

I've just invested in a new Garmin 95sv and can't fault it, better warranty and cheaper than previous Garmin Units. Raymarine are also great systems but a little more s.
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Anyone had actual experience of or got the Raymarine Dragonfly 7? Available with Navionics Silver or option of Gold.
Example:Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Inch Sonar GPS with CPT-60 Transducer. E70231-EU | eBay although they are cheaper elsewhere!
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Old 26 March 2015, 03:49   #9
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I fitted a Raymarine E7D unit and am very pleased with it, its a hybrid so has touch screen functionality and buttons which makes a great deal of sense, when underway with gloves on can easily adjust things and then when stopped relaxing can use touch screen to set stuff up. Well worth a look and the size of screen is just right for Ribs as appossed to ribs with massive screens that look a tad daft in my opinion.
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Old 29 March 2015, 17:29   #10
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i agree with Boristthebold. don't get something to big for a rib, i have a Raymarine Dragonfly 5 on my 5.4 rib and its the perfect size. The clarity on the screen is astounding and very well detailed.

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