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09-12-2007 07:29 PM
7Psych I too am seriously considering the 3205 for our Tartan 3400. Question as to where did you mount it and place the antenna? By the wheel or on a swing out bracket from the compaionway? The features of the 3205 are what I really want, but have not found them available in any other smaller Garmin units. Any input would be very much appreciated...Thanks
09-11-2007 10:33 PM
HatterasJack Brak,
Don't know what you are sailing or where you sail but for my 31' boat I decided on the 3205 Garmin. Price was great including charts, size was perfect don't need some big monstrocity staring at me all day and night, just want to sail and it is network capable! Keep it simple. Now If I had a 50' boat I might go for something bigger. Good Luck Jack
09-02-2007 03:13 PM
brak Yep, 3210 really seems like a top contender now. I think nmea 183 will work fine to talk to autopilot, and everything else is not a necessity right at this moment. Now if only they had a sale on those things
09-02-2007 03:05 PM
sailingdog The 478 only has a 3.5" screen or so... I have the older 276, that is the predecessor to the 478. It is alot smaller than the 3210.
09-02-2007 03:03 PM
RealityCheck My portable GPS Garnin 478 is the baby brother to the 3210. About half the size but I can use it on any boat I happen to find myself on... including a dink or even in a Car.. it has street maps. I did add the Carib chip and the maps are dead on in the Virgin Islands and out a bit where I generally find myself cruising. I'm in the process of getting a new boat that I'll keep in the BVI even while I'm back in the states. I'll probably be adding the 3210 as primary for the Cockpit this next season... maybe my Christmas gift to the boat... or would that be like giving your wife a washing machine???? Well I'll be giving her a case of wine to... the boat that is.
09-02-2007 02:40 PM
sailingdog If you're leaning towards the Garmins, get the 3210... since it has the coastal US BlueChart charts pre-loaded. Although, I'd go for the 4208 instead...since having the NMEA 2000 would be important to me.
09-02-2007 02:37 PM
brak Well, there are 3 chart types really - Navionics. Bluecharts and Cmap. I haven't seen too many Cmap devices, so that's pretty much out.
Between Navionics and Bluecharts, I personally liked Navionics because of the larger coverage. However it looks as though Bluecharts do better in Bahamas - they use Explorer charts instead of the usual government stuff (and I read a few people complaining about Navionics being way off). In the end, though, I don't think any chart will ever be perfect, so that's just one part of the equasion.

I am leaning the Garmin way now (since I realized Raymarine makes you buy gps sensor separately - I think this is just a cheap trick on their part).
09-02-2007 09:21 AM
camaraderie One point I would make is that you need to focus on more than price and coverage when selecting a charting plotter source. You need to consider WHERE you will be cruising. This is NOT an issue for US charts...but is definitely a major issue for the Bahamas and the Caribe and elsewhere. You need to ask cruisers who have cruised those areas about the accuracy of the charting brand for the area as there are HUGE differences depending on the mapping source. This was a BIG problem with the CmapNT carts in the Bahamas until they changed sources a couple of years back. It is STILL an issue with them in the southern caribe according to a recent post on another forum. The problem is not just Cmap...so ask others that have been to your cruising grounds with the same system. Even worse than paying a lot for charts is paying for ones you can't reasonably (not EXCLUSIVELY!) rely on.
08-31-2007 08:20 PM
brak Thanks guys, all advice was appreciated and I will give it some more thought!
08-31-2007 11:35 AM
Cruisingdad I like the Garmin and have owned them, but prefer the Raytheon. The C series will be fine for a stand alone. That would be my vote. But the truth is that most people will tell you to get what THEY feel comfortable with. Both units are good units. Garmin has come a long way, but I still like how you manuever with the Raytheon (probably b/c I grew up with them).

- CD
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