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Chartplotter; helm location and too large?

I am struggling to make a decision on a chartplotter upgrade which is to be located at the helm.
Although I like the Raymarine C90 but over 12" wide, it will most likely consume my entire helm station. The C80 is merely the same width at 11.2".
Garmin 4208 is the right size but for buying a new unit, it is outdated. I looked at a Garmin 740, nice but completely touchscreen if it's anything like my phone, I will most likely throw it overboard within the first season.

Any opinion or photo of a 7" to 9" chartplotter located at the helm, would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Re: Chartplotter; helm location and too large?

I just put in a Ray E7. The E9 should be on the market soon and might be the right in-between for you. I also looked at the 740 and after talking to people at the boatshow ruled it out because it did not have a cursor. Simrad makes a nice unit, but the warranty was shorter than Ray's.
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Re: Chartplotter; helm location and too large?

Standard Horizon makes a decent plotter though (unless the latest versions have improved) the resolution of the charts is not that great. The Garmin and RM chart representations are much closer to the paper versions.

We have the smaller 180i, the 300 is a 7 or 8 inch screen, they are relatively compact and come with a mount, no need necessarily for a 'pod' although they can be mounted in one.

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Re: Chartplotter; helm location and too large?

If you think you need an 11" chartplotter at the helm, see your optometrist before buying the electronics.
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Re: Chartplotter; helm location and too large?

I don't need or want a 11" chartplotter. Even a 7" screen has an actual instrument width size of 10", and the Ray W90, although it is a 9" screen, it has an actual instrument width of 12".
I definitely don't want the helm to be too cumbersome.
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Re: Chartplotter; helm location and too large?

I'm not sure where you are getting your dimensions from, but a 7" display with keypad shouldn't be more than 9" wide.
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Re: Chartplotter; helm location and too large?

I have a Raymarine C80. It dominates the helmstation, but doesn't overpower it. For me, the bigger the screen the better. Chartplotters are are for navigating, and it is irritating to attempt to navigate on a "chart" the size of postcard.
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Re: Chartplotter; helm location and too large?

I have the Garmin 740 and have enjoyed it. I mounted it 3 different ways before I discovered it fit perfectly between the Edson 9" pedestal frame. First was a ram mount on the pedestal, 2nd was the swing out ram mount from inside the hatch. While we are standing there admiring two installs I didn't like we were holding the unit on top of the other instruments when we both realized it looked perfect there. I added approx 1/2" spacers to each side, drilled through the bars and it works perfect for me. Couldn't get the pic to post here but it is under the photo folder Sea Witch. I looked at numerous units in that size and they all looked good and had features that cost thousands a few years ago.

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You could use an iPad with a blue ray gps - lots of good nav apps and you can get a stand that will attach to your helm. Whole thing costs < $750
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Re: Chartplotter; helm location and too large?

I Pad is great as a backup, but I wouldnt want that id I was out in bad weather as IPad2 is not nearly as waterproof as my C-80.

Its all about the placement of the plotter. I replaced by pedestal guard with a double bend one and fit 2 navpods on it. The chartplotter C-80 fits right behind the wheel and takes up no more room than you would have to give the pedestal anyway as it is over the binacle, Its in a great position to see from the helm. The second navpod holds the autohelm, wind instrument, tri data repater as well as remote for the stero and I pod jack. I installed myself and was quite easy with some thought.



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