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Garmin 3206c - Anyone have one?

Found a Garmin 3206c Chartplotter for about $700 on the 'net. Looking to replace my older Garmin 215 Chartplotter with a bigger and easier to read screen.

Is this (3206) a decent unit?

Ideal unit would be able to:

Interface with my auto-pilot (Raymarine ST4000)
Have decent coastal charts
Easy to ready screen.

I don't really use GPS as my prime navigation means (still do route planning navigation with paper charts), but like to have something to be able get estimate distances to marks and instance bearings without pulling out a chart. Also, the unit will be mounted on a swing arm that pivots to be read at the nav table and the helm. So I need the screen to be able to be ready at 4 ft away (bad eyes) from the helm.

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I have the 3205 and its a good unit. IIRC, Maine Sail has the 3206. Should work fairly well for you. However, given your relatively modest requirements, I do have a Garmin 192C that I just pulled off my boat that I am looking to sell, and for a good deal less money.... so if you're interested let me know.

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Found a Garmin 3206c Chartplotter for about $700 on the 'net. Looking to replace my older Garmin 215 Chartplotter with a bigger and easier to read screen.

Is this (3206) a decent unit?

Ideal unit would be able to:

Interface with my auto-pilot (Raymarine ST4000)
Have decent coastal charts
Easy to ready screen.

I don't really use GPS as my prime navigation means (still do route planning navigation with paper charts), but like to have something to be able get estimate distances to marks and instance bearings without pulling out a chart. Also, the unit will be mounted on a swing arm that pivots to be read at the nav table and the helm. So I need the screen to be able to be ready at 4 ft away (bad eyes) from the helm.

Thanks.

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I have a 3006 which i believe is the same unit but without the preloaded charts. Its a great size screen for my purposes. It is fixed mounted in the pilot house at the helm. The software was a little different from some other Garmin units I have but it was easy to pick up. The resolution readability on the non-touch screen is better than the touch screens. Mine is also interfaced with a Garmin radar which is a great feature. When the radar overlay is lining up with everything on the chart it is a great confirmation of where you think you are are on the chart.
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