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Old 05-22-2008
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help me buy the best chartplotter gps for my budget

ive had it with my old colourless garmin and my tiny screened handheld/waterproof magellan going to buy a new chartplotter/gps this weekend(probably tomorrow) and i want to keep it under $500 before tax(obviously not including the charts i need).so far i have seen a standard horizon cp180 and garmin gpsmap 420s and im leaning towards the standard horizon model as it seems to have a better screen than the garmin(i found the garmin's colours are not bright enoug so it makes it hard to dfine land/sea diference).
can anyone reccomend anything better and back it up with an explination? or if the models ive looked at are the way to go,why?
also i have all the charts of the area i use on an sd card for my magellan handhled which i also use on my laptop for viewing maps when on the water and im wondering if there is a possibility to load these into my new unit to save on the buying new this an option on any unit?
any help would be great.thanks.
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