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Old 24 November 2003, 17:44   #1
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Which chartplotter is the best in rough wet conditions?

I need a chartplotter with eccosound and a big screen. And it has to be fast enough, close to 60 knots. I have done some reading on the net and in the Rib International, and it seems to be very difficult to find a chartplotter which can take the abuse it gets in a small and wet boat.
Is there any plotter out there which is good enough? Is there something in particular to be aware of when buying?
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Old 24 November 2003, 18:06   #2
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Olà hombre

I am using the Lowrance X-18 combo, it has echosounder and plotter and it`s in colour, i also used the X-15 and 16 and i think they are great in, they have no problems to ´hang in when you driving over 50knots.
Good display and a lot of functions.
I also ordered the same GPS on my new boat because i was very found of the first i had.

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Old 24 November 2003, 18:18   #3
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RIB electronics, esp for the commercial users are prone to water ingress and shock.

Many are marketed as waterproof but the need to load charts always leaves a port which the manufacturers cover with a rubber plug. This area is unfortunately prone to condensation that will slowly take over the whole set.

Raymarine manufacture a good range of units and the radar and plotter are well matched. Try and avoid a combined unit as if you get a failure then all electronic nav aids are down.

After trying many options we fit on all of our own 10 & 11m RHIBS (and most of the ones we supply) a standard horizon set. 100% reliable and suprisingly the cheapest on the market (B&W at about £300 retail). Small screen but we douple couple up to a Raymarine Radar.

Final bit of advice - allow no fuses - fit ETAC or similar waterproof circuit breaker switches throughout - ditto terminal connections - insist that all connections are soldered.

Att. Photo of one of our standard expedition consols with Raymarine Radar and Standard H plotter insitu.

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Old 24 November 2003, 23:51   #4
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I agree, the two bits of info you really need are course and speed, the rest is just nice to have.

Anything with numbers smaller than say 1 inch high are difficult to read in a big sea when you want to be constantly looking at the waves.

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Old 25 November 2003, 01:52   #5
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There is a time after the trip also, i remember some years ago i talked to a guy at ribex and he told me that the world map in the gps is perfect to navigate after, when i told him that we had 30,000 islands in the stockholm archipelago he said oopps.
And i know you have a lot of islands and stuff in Norway also.
Wich means that it`s often flat water and than you as we drive, FULL SPEED with the EYES on the GPS very often when you driving very close to the islands.
I had a Raymarine on a boat last year and when i passed 50 knots it had some trouble to hang in to thoose speeds.
And as i understand you will use your boat for rafting in Norway in high speeds + 60 knots.
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Old 25 November 2003, 07:42   #6
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Hi Martin

Garmin 2010C

Used it for 6 months now and think its the dogs bits

I dont think I could ever go back now.

Agree thay they are prone to water ingress, even the "waterproof" ones. Mine is behind the screen and seldom get wet but if I mounted one where ther was less protection I would be tempted to make somthing, a lift up clear cover etc to give it some extra protection.

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Old 25 November 2003, 08:23   #7
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Has anyone used a Yeoman on a rib
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Old 25 November 2003, 08:25   #8
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No but

I tried Navman and they worked really well.
Very good price for the plotters in colour.
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Old 25 November 2003, 08:34   #9
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Raymarine is built like a brick SH..got a plotter/sounder on my boat and its great. (not cheap though )
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Raymarine is built like a brick SH..got a plotter/sounder on my boat and its great. (not cheap though )
Could not agree more!
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