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Do chartplotters come with brackets that would make them removable?
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Depends on the chartplotter, but most are on quick-release brackets.
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As SD said, most come with some sort of bracket. The chartplotter unit itself is usually removable by just loosening a few hand bolts and unplugging the power/antenna cables. However, the brackets themselves are typically more permanently mounted with screws, etc.
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The only exception to this is when the chartplotter is surface mounted, either into a bulkhead, instrument panel or into a navpod. These types of installations make removing the equipment much more difficult.
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You can also get a handheld GPS/plotter with a suction mount. We've got a Garmin GPSMap 76CS+ with a RAM suction mount that works great and is completely removeable for storage, repair or prevention of theft.
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You can also get a handheld GPS/plotter with a suction mount. We've got a Garmin GPSMap 76CS+ with a RAM suction mount that works great and is completely removeable for storage, repair or prevention of theft.
That is currently what we have for our 21 foot twin-vee - and it works well. I just didn't know the chartplotters were considered water-tight and solid enough to safely place on a bracket or not. We have had all of our instruments stolen (even the broken RPM guage) and that was not a pleasant experience.
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You can also get a handheld GPS/plotter with a suction mount. We've got a Garmin GPSMap 76CS+ with a RAM suction mount that works great and is completely removeable for storage, repair or prevention of theft.
Another option for Garmin's handhelds is their $10 bicycle mount onto the top of your pedestal guard.
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Another option for Garmin's handhelds is their $10 bicycle mount onto the top of your pedestal guard.
True, but our boat has a tiller and therefore no guard. We could have used the bike mount on a stanchion, but didn't want the unit so close to the rail/water if it were accidently knocked out of its' bracket. We also considered the "marine/boat mount" that Garmin sells, but didn't want to add screw holes to our bulkhead if we didn't have to.
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GPS/ Radar/Sonar etc-arrrghhh help!!!

Hi all, i've been a bit overwhelmed by the amount of options there are for GPS/radar/sonar combos, and also a bit freaked at the prices .

All i want is a GPS system that can show radar for night sailing etc. I'm completely new to this and have to kit out my boat with basic affordable navigational equiptment, i don't have much to spend so the cheapest yet the best combination would be great if anyone has any experience or recommendations?

I will also be plotting courses using real charts the traditional way!

I'm not a resident of the U.S but will be sailing my boat from Florida to Rio Dulce so im looking for world charts or electronic charts with central and south american data.

thank you.
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Only the higher end units can show both radar and gps. The Raymarine C-series are their lowest priced units that will do this. My recommendation would be to get a low-end Garmin unit, like the 3205 I have or the 3206 that Maine Sail uses and buy the Garmin 18 HD radome to go with it. You could probably get this setup for less than $1500 US online.
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