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Old 23 September 2013, 11:37   #1
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touch screen chartplotters

First to say hi! It's my first post on here! :-)
I'm about to kit out a new boat with a chartplotter. I am one for good basic quality. I was quite happy with my gps72 for years. But will admit lately I do like the convenience of a chart plotter.
I am tempted by a touch screen one.. The garmin gps750 looks to do everything I want. The touchscreen would seem to make controling it a lot easier than the old rocker switch. .But what is it like in the real world? Are they reliable? Anyone had any real experience with a touchscreen?
I got a budget of around Ł600 any suggestions would be great!
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Old 23 September 2013, 13:20   #2
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Hi Petes, I am in exactly the same position. I did look at the Garmin 551 and the Standard Horizon 180i, however on playing with them at the boat show having the larger screen will be really handy. I sill prefer C-map charts but the Garmin 750 looks like a good all round package for the money. Would be interested in how it stands up in the real world.

I also want to flush mount it on a GRP console, any thoughts on the best way to cut the hole. I was going to drill a number of holes and then join the dots with an electric jig saw.

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Old 23 September 2013, 13:38   #3
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I'm sure not many of us would go back to button style mobile phones now after having a touchscreen. They seem reliable enough I suppose, but the touchscreen phones I've had do have the odd wobbly moment and require a reboot....!!!! not sure I'd want that at sea if caught out in bad conditions and relying on it to get home..?
As for cutting the hole for flush mounting. I usually cover the area in masking tape and drill a few holes as you said. Last time I used a pad saw, basically a fine hacksaw blade with a handle. It was a lot more gentle than the jigsaw and caused no chips in the gel coat..
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The Garmin is a Great Piece of Kit! and works well in The real World...and on a RIB!
(See previous threads)
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Old 23 September 2013, 13:51   #5
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Used the 720 during the Round Ireland on my Searider. Really nice plotter and like it very much but in strong rain youŽll be surprised that the plotter changes pages - or even worse - settings .
Other guys on the RI with touch screen plotters confirmed the same .
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Chris Caton and I looked at the touch screen at a boat show, a rep on the stand advised against them on an open rib, ie getting wet and using gloves etc.
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ie getting wet and using gloves etc.
as for my 720 a wet screen or using gloves was never an issue ..
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I had a 720s on one boat and a 750s on another. I found them to be excellent although, as previously stated, heavy rain can cause a problem.
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You guys with the touchscreens that have experienced issues in heavy rain, would this put you off having another touchscreen plotter?
I know from my own experience even a bit of condensation on my touchscreen phone can cause an odd response. If you've ever tried answering your mobile in the bath you'll know what I mean!! :-)...
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AFAIK, most touchscreens have a function that "locks" the screen in it's current mode - so you can navigate in rain/spray without issues. You just need to "unlock" it afterwards.

The RI was VERY wet in parts, mostly the legs we were on
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