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Thanks for the good input and advice on the cost of charts. I'm still a little conflicted about the remote/integrated antenna issue. While I tend to think the internal unit would work fine, it seems Lowrance's method of networking components would make mounting the remote antenna somewhat less hassle than some other systems so its less intimidating. I guess I'll make the decsion when I click the select button.
As far as charts, Lowrance is offering a free basic chart chip that covers the US, providing paper chart like detail, so while I expect my sailing will be confined to exploring the bay for the foreseeable future, I will have some level of charting for the entire US if I were to make a coastal trip (or course I'd get paper also).
The Navionics Platinum provides lots of extra features (sattelite overlay, marina photos, Coast Pilot info, 3D views, customizeable depth contour shading, etc) for a much smaller area, and while they are cool to look at, I'm not sure I need them. However, since the GPS is not impacting a bank account, we may check them out, "because we can". ;-)
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36