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Old 04 December 2003, 08:35   #161
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Next time I'm off to the States I'm going to get a HUMMINBIRD NS25 GPS Chartplotter, Fishfinder Depth sounder from Wal-Martís and try to join the revolution.

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I got one of them from the port solent gang just under £500. Does the job fine only niggle for me is it doesn't keep distance travelled on a route.

Its end of line so should be cheaper. Someone here got one for £400 quip.

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Thanks for that was beginning to think this was a garmin only thread.
When your buying your first rib/equipment you get advice from all angles and can be expensive mistakes.
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is it liek the Garmin plotters where the base map is so simple you really need the bluechart chips at 300 quid a piece?

Or do Navman sell it with a detailed base map?
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What do you all think of Silva?
I think jwalker's got one... http://www.boatmadforum.co.uk/showth...=&threadid=545
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is it liek the Garmin plotters where the base map is so simple you really need the bluechart chips at 300 quid a piece?

Or do Navman sell it with a detailed base map?
300 quid for a blue max chip is bloddy pricey you should be able to get the Bluechart cd chip and pc connector for under 200.
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Yes should be cheaper on Cd but otherwise from Garmin at least its £300 for the large charts and £200 for the small ones.
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Steve,

Re Navman - I have a 5600. Stunning plotter, but if the mounting bracket on the 5500 is the same as the 5600 I would not use it on a rib. No problem if you are surface mounting though? Software is C-Map, the NT version - I do route planning on the PC at home and then upload to the plotter. Great.

Re Garmin fishfinders - see my thread on the 160 Blue. I checked some old threads on this forum, and would agree with the guy who said "Garmin - great GPSs, crap fishfinders".

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Wavethumper - Navman basemap is useless.

BTW Steve - do you need full DSC? How about the Icom 401?
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BTW Steve - do you need full DSC? How about the Icom 401?


Have a look at the new Silva S10, it's a cut down version of the S15 but retaining the DSC funtion. Oh it sells for about £200, look at Pumpkin marine.

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Thanks for your reply's

I was thinking of having the 5500 flush mounted so tink thats the way to go there.

As for the vhf I thought may as well get DSC as its the latest spec and will become the norm. Re silva I'm sure they are as good as the icom but seems everyone recomends icom. But cost wise silva looks good value for money.
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I thought may as well get DSC as its the latest spec ...
There's no choice, really. You wouldn't buy an analogue 'phone would you? As for Silva v Icom, you could buy three of the budget (non-navtext) Silvas for the price of the Icom 601. And there's loads of reported probs with recent Icom units - W'humper have water ingress, Daniel can't get the MMSI programmed, Jools had problems with the auto-Ch 16 with the mike bracket earthing, etc. I've come to the conclusion that the ideal VHF doesn't exist!
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