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Old 31 July 2013, 17:12   #1
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What largerchartplotter?

I find the screen of my Garmin 556 small & not the easiest thing to read at speed or in more challenging sea conditions.

I got this unit as entry level when I got the boat due to meeting budget constraints at the time.

Given the space I have on my console what is the largest / most suitable unit to replace with (pic attached) within the available space, and what sort of price would I be looking at?

Is there a market for the current 556S second hand after I upgrade?

Thanks in advance as always.

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Old 31 July 2013, 17:25   #2
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I find the screen of my Garmin 556 small & not the easiest thing to read at speed or in more challenging sea conditions.

I got this unit as entry level when I got the boat due to meeting budget constraints at the time.

Given the space I have on my console what is the largest / most suitable unit to replace with (pic attached) within the available space, and what sort of price would I be looking at?

Is there a market for the current 556S second hand after I upgrade?

Thanks in advance as always.

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what about the Garmin 700 series, similar menu system, touch screen and a lot of chart plotter for the dosh

I'm sure there is a market for the 556S, as long as the price is fair
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I think I'd be inclined to swap its position with the VHF, or bracket mount it so you can see it more easily.
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I think I'd be inclined to swap its position with the VHF, or bracket mount it so you can see it more easily.
Angle of the console face won't allow it to be fitted higher. I did consider bracket mounting, but it would reduce visibility through the screen significantly - especially from the LH front seat position.

I accept that on a 5.3m with a double console & a 2x2 seating layout will mean compromises.
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looking at the size of your existing unit I don't think the 700 series would be tall enough, I think you would need to go bigger, or fit a blanking plate, may be worth going online and getting the cutting template off the website before buying anything
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Got a nice Raymarine E80 that would look good in there
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Get a simrad nss7...I've just got a nss12 and its very impressive
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Whatever you get the angle and location isn't great. Do you actually look through the screen? They always look too low to look through. I'd try getting something (empty cardboard box?) rougly the size of a top mount unit and tape i where youd want it and go out and see if it would annoy you and your co-pilot.

May be that we aren't seeing the whole picture as we can't see the seating arrangments...
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