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It'd help if you said what your budget is. It would also help if you said where you were saiilng. If you're sailing inland waters, some of the small Garmin chartplotters are a very good deal, since their x3x series of chartplotters come with the inland waters charts preloaded, and may cover where you sail. The 430 is pretty affordable.
Most other chartplotters would require that you buy a chart chip in addition to the chartplotter itself.
BTW, even if you are only daysailing, I would highly recommend that you not rely on a chartplotter. You need to have coastal pilotage skills and paper charts aboard, even with a chartplotter.
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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)
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