Chart Plotters - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 11-23-2006
ebs001's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 2,140
Thanks: 5
Thanked 21 Times in 19 Posts
Rep Power: 9
ebs001 is on a distinguished road
Chart Plotters

What chart plotter would you recommend? Which one has the best cartography?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 11-23-2006
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
It depends... some are better in certain areas than others... it also depends on your budget and what kind of coverage you're looking for.

Garmin has several small units that have the coastal charts for the USA integrated into their base chipset, and you don't have to buy any additional maps for the USA. Other brands use other mapsets, but most charge you per map region that you need.
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 11-23-2006
camaraderie's Avatar
moderate?
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: East Coast
Posts: 13,877
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 15
camaraderie is a jewel in the rough camaraderie is a jewel in the rough camaraderie is a jewel in the rough
EBS...the problem with chartplotters is not so much who makes the best one but rather who has the best cartography for where you are going to be sailing. The US based charts are pretty much the same everywhere and RayNav's Navionics charts are excellent. The Bahamas are another story where in paper...the Explorer Charts are the best and the only way to get them on a plotter is Garmin or C-Map (Foruno, NavMan). I'm sure similar situations exist in other parts of the world. I would suggest determining what charts are best for your planned cruising grounds and what plotters are compatible and then making other decisions on technical plotter specs from there. For just th USA I am kinda partial to Garmin right now.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 11-24-2006
ebs001's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 2,140
Thanks: 5
Thanked 21 Times in 19 Posts
Rep Power: 9
ebs001 is on a distinguished road
Let me rephrase the question. What chartplotters and cartography do you like?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 11-24-2006
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
I personally like the Garmin units. They're solid, self-contained, play well with others... and several have the entire coastal USA chart set pre-installed. They also have a fairly decent User Interface and most have user-upgradeable firmware and software—although on some units you do have to buy a proprietary Garmin memory card and USB card reader to do so.
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 11-24-2006
camaraderie's Avatar
moderate?
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: East Coast
Posts: 13,877
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 15
camaraderie is a jewel in the rough camaraderie is a jewel in the rough camaraderie is a jewel in the rough
EBS... if you don't need a CP right away, the new Garmin line looks worth waiting for. Will be available in early 2007. Don't know what size display you want or how interconnected you want it to be or what your budget is so it is hard to recommend a specific model. They all DO use the blue charts which I like and some come loaded with the entire US and Bahamas.
Take a look here:http://www.garmin.com/marine/product...#chartplotters

I presently have a RayNav RL70..radar/chartplotter and while I am happy with the performance of the electronics, I have not bee happy with their mapping AND they abandoned their customers with a switch to Navionics...leaving us holding the bag with our old maps and unable to upgrade to newer models without throwing away our charts. They will not get any more of my business.

Last edited by camaraderie; 11-24-2006 at 08:58 AM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 11-24-2006
ebs001's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 2,140
Thanks: 5
Thanked 21 Times in 19 Posts
Rep Power: 9
ebs001 is on a distinguished road
I am in no hurry. I am going to the Miami Boat Show in Feb. and was looking for ideas. Thanks
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 11-24-2006
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
I've seen some of the new Garmin models... very nice...if they come out with them on time and with the same specs as the "demo units"
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
All About Charts Jim Sexton Learning to Sail Articles 0 11-28-2004 07:00 PM
All About Charts Jim Sexton Seamanship Articles 0 11-28-2004 07:00 PM
All About Charts Jim Sexton Her Sailnet Articles 0 11-28-2004 07:00 PM
CHART PLOTTERS SHIMSHON Gear & Maintenance 0 12-04-2001 07:23 AM
CHART PLOTTERS SHIMSHON General Discussion (sailing related) 6 02-27-2001 07:54 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:56 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.