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After many years with a Garmin Map76 we've moved to the Standard Horizon 180i.. it's a nice improvement on screen size over the Garmin, but not the intrusive pod of a Raymarine full size plotter.
Quite liking it so far, easy to read screen, decent menu and key commands, the Cmap Max data is useful and the internal antenna seems to be adequate (and simplifies installation) It will talk NMEA to my RM autopilot, and may connect to the radar as well, haven't gotten that far yet.
But for the price it's a good compromise. I believe the latest, (190i?) comes with a mapset, for ours we had to add on a $200 Cmap chip. Still we're into it for $600 all up, much less than the larger plotters once you factor in the modified binnacle, pods, antennaes etc etc....
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