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Old 06 October 2015, 08:12   #1
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What gps chartplotter?

Hi all

What would you recommend as a budget GPS chartplotter, I just want to see where I am on a chart and plan waypoints.

I downloaded the Navionics Boating HD app onto my android tablet and free trialled it the other week, it worked well and I am wondering why spend the extra on a purpose made unit? Is the GPS fix more reliable on them?

The main things I wanted to use a plotter for was following the deep water channel in our estuary and as a safety feature when we are coast hopping and the fog rolls in.

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Budget/space on console (if any)/ mounting options. More info would help.
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Budget/space on console (if any)/ mounting options. More info would help.
I am not sure about budget, minimum function would be plotting my position on a chart and allowing me to programme in waypoints.

Its for a tiller steered SIB (Aerotec 420) so no console as such.

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Do you have power on the boat?


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Do you have power on the boat?


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...No, no power onboard. Very simple setup, just a 4.2 bombard inflatable with a 15 2st on the back. So realistically I need a handheld device I guess, failing that carry a battery onboard.

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Have you seen this thread of mine?

Garmin 45DV chartplotter & transducer fit to SIB (Aerotec)

That unit is about as budget as it gets unless you buy used or go to a small handheld like my old one in the images... and even then you'd probably need hookey charts as they cost loads if genuine Garmin and units rarely come with the areas you need.

That was what attracted me to my Garmin 45DV. If you don't need the depth transducer the main unit is about 250... with 200 worth of Garmin charts covering the whole of the UK... so not cheap but a bargain in many ways.
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...No, no power onboard. Very simple setup, just a 4.2 bombard inflatable with a 15 2st on the back. So realistically I need a handheld device I guess, failing that carry a battery onboard.

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Blimey! it's like pulling hens teeth We'll get there eventually. Righty oh! unless you want to start faffing with batteries etc. Your simplest solution is something like a Garmin Montana handheld. Rechargeable, 15 hr battery life + you can remove the rechargeable battery & use ordinary AA alkalines. It will run Garmin G2 vision charts + every other mapping option that Garmin offer, so you can use it as a satnav in the car (it does routing & talks) & take it hiking. Costs under 300 from here
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That's a good call from PD on the Montana as it was initially my first choice but I soon realised it was more expensive with just a land basemap than the 45DV was with the full UK marine charts.

The Montana is available as a package with charts but that takes it to about 100 more than the 45DV so it really was a no brainer for me... even allowing for the 15 or so for a 7Ah sealed battery to power it.

Also I realised it was a touchscreen and in my experience bouncing about in a SIB where you have no console to shield you and you're a bit close to the action it's much easier to push the buttons (which can be done almost by feel) than try to drag stuff about a small screen.

Having said all that I'll be keeping my small pocket Garmin with its charts as it'll be a great backup and is unobtrusive tucked in your jacket if you go out with someone who is a little under equipped in the navigation stakes. No need to show it and risk offence unless things get desperate when offence would be my last worry!
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The Garmin charts can be had for a contribution to the Macmillan fund


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Ha ha I was sort of leaning towards that thought until I found they were virtually giving them away with this 45V!

The nuisance for me in the past has been we SIB in SE England and West Scotland so need quite a few charts. My handheld came with large areas... more than the UK... so I reckon someone had been contributing big time!
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