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finding & buying a used Chart plotter.

Nope can't afford new. So, with that issue aside. What would/should I look for? Garmin only? Nice thing about used is that many have the charts with them. I know.. no warranty.

I have a Lowrance IfinderH20 that's great but the screen is really small for me, even with reading glasses!

Of course Ebay is full of "deals"
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Anything but Garmin. When i was looking for a new chartplotter i looked at Garmin, Standard Horizon, Raymarine, Lowrance, Eagle, and Navman. one of the things that bothered me about garmin products is the mapping software. Navionics cards won't work, Some C-map won't work, on some units, and some legacy support isa spotty, so I began to think of garmin as the Apple of marine electronics, nicely built, nice features, very proprietary, with expensive peripherals.

I bought an Eagle because of the size of the screen, the ease of operation, the functionality, and the fact that it accepts navionics SD cards, in addition to having a pretty functional built-in basemap, and is NMEA 0183 compatible, which makes it adaptable to my older autohelm. It was siginificantly cheaper than anything else available as well. i have been pleased with it's operation, and am now shopping for another one for my new old boat.

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I have a used Raymarine B&W R425 chart plotter and GPS antenna that I'd be more than happy to sell. Unfortunately I no longer have the chip for it. There's nothing wrong with it. I upgraded to the equivilant color model on a previous boat. Price? Make me an offer. Send me a private message if you're interested. BTW I'm located in SE PA so not too far from you.
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thanks guys.. I guess I was thinking I'd get allot more input on this one. Oh well.
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screen size

Hi: will you use this at the helm or below?
have you thought about a netbook w/plotting program on a swing arm? especially
acer has 8", 10".
i find the more ways that i can use the same appliance, the better.
i paid a bunch of money some years ago for a big garmin chart plotter.
it failed while under warranty, sent it in and it lasted til just after warranty expired. no help from them. that was the last time i used a chart plotter.
i do have a back up gps w/charts and a small screen.
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Nope can't afford new. So, with that issue aside. What would/should I look for? Garmin only? Nice thing about used is that many have the charts with them. I know.. no warranty.

I have a Lowrance IfinderH20 that's great but the screen is really small for me, even with reading glasses!

Of course Ebay is full of "deals"
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Joe Mike, thanks! I want it for the helm of course.
I've a laptop, but no netbook. I don't even know if my handheld would input to plotting program on either. it's a lowrance IfinderH20. just the damn cable is 50 bucks!
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Geeze.. looking on Ebay.. garmins are 90% of the ones for sale.
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I came across a small Navman NIB on the esale place...unit that had built in antenna,and then later found the map cartridge.. ran it from one of the rechargeable jump boxes ......less than $200 for both and it works just fine...
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For US waters many Garmin units come preloaded with charts, which works very well for us here. That (in part) explains their popularity. No other manufacturer has their own cartography available.
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Denise- I see several used chartplotters on Craigslist, the only problem is that you really need to go and see it and check it out before buying. Never pay sight unseen for anything on Craigs. Good luck.
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