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Old 19 December 2003, 16:48   #1
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What's the best toy?

Whats the best electronic toy to measure speed and depth? I would also like the facility to put in waypoints and the device to tell me the bearings to steer to reach those waypoints. Any suggestions?

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Old 20 December 2003, 07:45   #2
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It seems as if you want a GPS/Sounder (combined unit). There are several makes around.
You could look at Garmin or Magellan products, here for example:

http://www.thegpsstore.com/
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Old 21 December 2003, 18:17   #3
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I would recommend seperate units, at least if one goes on the bung you don't lose everything. Just make sure the sounder has a NMEA output for depth and connect it to the GPS to get depth added auto when plotting positions
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Cheapest solution

a handheld waterproof GPS and a piece of string

Or if you have a little more cash to spare then some of the Fish finders on the market have trip logs powered by a paddle wheel on the senders , my Navman does this nicely , although I have never tested it for accuracy against my GPS , as I dont have any string onboard !?!
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Garmin GPS & plotters - good.

Garmin fishfinders - bad.


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Been looking at the Navman 5500/5600 plotters, had a go at both the Garmin 182c and the Navmans for the first time today and like the large rubber buttons and the uncluttered look of the Navman screen looks clearer aswell!

Hopefully off to the States middle of January and know that K-Mart sells the Navman range of plotters, should be able to pick up a 5600 for about 530.

Also I'm in the market for a Depth sounder so I'll get one of those as well!!!

VHF will have to wait for a shopping trip in good ol Blighty, the Silva S10 DSC looks to be pretty good bargain. Anyone got experience with this rig?

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Im not sure how Navman works but specially with Garmin watchout because in America it will come with an American basemap.

Garmin fishfinders - fine if installed correctly.(still not great)
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I understand that if you Buy a Garmin from the States you only get a North America Chart in Blue chart cartography, but with the Navman it uses C-Map NT+ which I have been told uses a world wide base map to which you add your chosen maps to later.

I planned to buy the plotter in the States and the marine C-map chart from the UK. I also understand that C-Map is generaly cheaper and better than the Bluechart.....Is this right?

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No idea, all i know is that the Garmin base map is so detailed most people go a year or 2 before they bother to buy a bluechart chip.

The Navman more or less needs the C-Map to be of any use.

Ive no idea which is better. you'll have to ask someone whos actually got one.
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Hey just got a sudden rush of adrenalin What if all the measurments where in Imperial!!! One to watch out for one thinks. Miles/Kilometers/Knots......................

Do the Americans use Knots?
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