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Budget-Priced 5" Chartplotter Advice Needed

I've been using a handheld Garmin GPSMap 76Csx with Bluechart G2 (NOT Vision) chip using NMEA 0183 output to a VHF for DSC support. I have a separate depth sounder and have no need for fishfinder functions... my current depth instrument works fine. The tiny GPS screen is just too small.

Mounting will be on a swing-arm in the companionway and based on similar setups on friends' sailboats, I'm sure the 5-inch screen is adequate. Price is a key consideration (which explains why some items I am considering are one generation old). I'd appreciate anyone's first-hand feedback on any of these devices when used as chartplotter on a 28-footer.

Lowrance Elite 5m HD Gold (Navionics Gold charts)
Raymarine A50 (Navionics "continental US" charts, can upgrade to Gold)
Garmin EchoMap 50s (can use my Bluechart G2 chip, ignore sounder)
Garmin GPSMap 620 (can use my Bluechart G2 chip)

Thanks for any advice on these or similar products.
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Re: Budget-Priced 5" Chartplotter Advice Needed

Not sure what budget priced is for you, but you can pick up this SH unit for under $400 (see the rebate form). We use it on our 28' and have been very pleased with it. Intuitive menu's, good feature set and very bright.

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Re: Budget-Priced 5" Chartplotter Advice Needed

Thank You... I'll take a look.

$400 is a good benchmark for my definition of "Budget-Priced". Thanks for asking.
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Re: Budget-Priced 5" Chartplotter Advice Needed

I had a play around with the Lowrance in West Marine, they are knocking them out with transducer and gold chart chip for $430. I liked the interface, simple to use, pretty logical and everything accessible using buttons rather than touchscreen (which is my preference). I'm in a similar situation, the Lowrance is looking pretty good at the moment, I haven't had a chance to have a poke of the Standard Horizon but they look pretty decent as well. I expect that all of them around that price point are going to be somewhat similar in terms of capabilities, maybe get your hands on a few and see which one makes sense to you.
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Re: Budget-Priced 5" Chartplotter Advice Needed

I got the Lowrance Elite 5 with the Navionics Gold charts this summer and find that it performs well, provides very accurate information and is easy to see.

I also have mine mounted on a swing arm and offer this tip. You can get a small TV mount (mine came from Amazon) and using a small piece of Star Board, make a mount that will attach to the unit and then be bolted to the TV mount.

If you do this, you can have the unit swung out to the upper corner of your companionway opening (easy to get by it for access below) and have a very readable display from the cockpit. When the weather pipes up or you just need the display available inside, just swing the arm and the unit turns 180 degrees and moves back into the corner.

I've mounted the transducer with epoxy to glue it to the iinside fo the hull below the V-berth. It works great.

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Re: Budget-Priced 5" Chartplotter Advice Needed

I went with the Lowrance Elite as well, replacing a venerable hand-held Garmin 72. I bought it at the spring Defender sale; it was $100 off list, with a $100 rebate. It wound up costing less than $300. Love it. I use it primarily as a chart plotter/depth sounder. I almost never use the fish finder function. My one issue with the unit is that it doesn't display tide information (rather remarkable for a unit meant primarily as a fish finder).
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Re: Budget-Priced 5" Chartplotter Advice Needed

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Not sure what budget priced is for you, but you can pick up this SH unit for under $400 (see the rebate form). We use it on our 28' and have been very pleased with it. Intuitive menu's, good feature set and very bright.

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Standard Horizon CP 190i 5? Color Chartplotter The GPS Store

On line review

Standard Horizon CP190i - Trawler Forum

What Tanley said!!!

We have been using one for years! Down the West coast and through Mexico. We LOVE it, but it sure make me lazy.

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Re: Budget-Priced 5" Chartplotter Advice Needed

I just bought an Elite 5 DSI Gold from WM, $399+tax. Couldn't justify the extra money for the 7".
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I just bought an Elite 5 DSI Gold from WM, $399+tax. Couldn't justify the extra money for the 7".
If you can figure out how to get it to show tide information, please post here!
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Re: Budget-Priced 5" Chartplotter Advice Needed

Why not "just" get a touchscreen tablet and a GPS puck? Sorry, I don't mean to derail the conversation, but if the interest is in a chartplotter only (not depth/wind speed/etc.), a $100-$200 tablet and $50 GPS puck seems like a much less expensive option. Throw in a good charting app, even at $30, and you're good. Plus the tablet can serve other purposes when in WiFi range.
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