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post #6 of Old 11-26-2011
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If all you are using the nav station "repeater" for is to know where you are then I agree on the cheap tablet or netbook computer with a gps puck (pucks are about $30.) If your chart plotter is actually a display hub (e.g. charts, radar, sonar, weather, etc such as the garmin 4xxx - 7xxx series then you have a different choice. I have a display at the helm, ideal for entering and leaving port, navigating rivers, etc. I also have a repeater at the nav station, ideal for long offshore transits when the weather drives me below except for frequent pop ups to eyeball the sails and sea. Both displays give me charts, radar and weather - they are Garmin 5212's. Quite expensive but good for my tired old eyes.
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