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If you are day sailing in familiar waters do you really need a chartplotter?
A good handheld would seem sufficient if you wanted more than a paper chart. I've used the garmin 76 cs for several years.
If you decide you need a helm mounted chartplotter..I have a garmin 545 at the helm which works quite nicely. It's under $1,000 comes fully loaded with charts of the US, has a built in antenna, and you can remove it from the helm when not in use.
I'm waiting for/ considering an upgade to the 700 series since it can incorporate radar...and maybe AIS....and might be selling my 545 soon..
Last edited by Tempest; 03-14-2010 at 11:39 AM.