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Old 25 July 2016, 12:11   #11
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Thanks everyone, some very advice there. Especially re the fog and losing your bearings :-)
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Old 25 July 2016, 13:07   #12
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>>> very much easier just to turn on the chart plotter and head happily home with absolutely no concerns. The chart plotter is not strictly necessary but it does make life very much easier even when you are not expecting to use it.

Very much agree... I've said elsewhere recently one of the greatest safety/convenience devices introduced over my lifetime of smallcraft boating.

I'd try and stretch to one if you can.
without dought, also rain, mist, fog even heavy seas all limit visibility & one bit of coast looks the same especially when you start to dought yourself & panic for few hundred quid you will get the chart plotter and down scan sonar making more of your boating.
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Old 25 July 2016, 13:24   #13
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just bought a dragonfly 6 brand new off ebay discontinued model but well impressed came with chart of my choice 5.7 inch screen and fish finder transducer with down vision 350 full raymarine warranty to easy to use
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Old 25 July 2016, 14:23   #14
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just bought a dragonfly 6 brand new off ebay discontinued model but well impressed came with chart of my choice 5.7 inch screen and fish finder transducer with down vision 350 full raymarine warranty to easy to use

That's a lot of kit for the money, and at that price there's no excuse not to. That amount of tech would have cost you thousands when I started boating, if it had even been available. My first gps was a Raytheon 1500, no charts or sonar, it literally gave you lat & lon & cost just short of 2k & that was a lot of money in those days🙄


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Old 26 July 2016, 12:08   #15
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you right there dave couldn't resist replacing the old garmin free post and chart for whole of welsh coast to so easy to use as well bit dubious of ebay bargains but fair play was as guy said guy had 9 of them so anybody else grab a bargain
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Old 26 July 2016, 14:11   #16
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we've got a garmin 45 dv with full british map and sonar and fish finder i am quite impressed with that so far it wasn't a lot of money either
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>>> a garmin 45 dv with full british map and sonar and fish finder

Same here... it's excellent.
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Yes, we have the 45dv, however I will go larger next time. Bigger screen is better visibility when bouncing at speed.
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Old 26 July 2016, 15:18   #19
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Yes, we have the 45dv, however I will go larger next time. Bigger screen is better visibility when bouncing at speed.
agreed I went up to a elite 7 and can have sounder , down scan & chart open at the same time.
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Couple of used ones for sale on the forum. I was looking for one myself.
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