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03-31-2009 05:04 PM
geraldartman On a real budget, check out a Magellan Cross over. It has low def marine and topo charts in addition to street maps. I picked one up for about a c note. It will take Navonic3XL for about $250 for very high def charts of the fresh water seas. easy to use and definitely won't be a power drain on the batts.
03-30-2009 10:51 PM
scottyt you all are lucky i dont even have a gps on my boat, except a 10 Y/O handheld. i am looking at getting a small fishfinder/gps for my boat but i want an auto pilot first, then a new genny, and then ....

the combo unit i am looking at is black and white because i dont really need either.

but if any of you are throwing away an older chart plotter let me know, i might buy it from ya
03-30-2009 09:53 PM
Sailor-man I'm considering the CP300 that is slightly larger than the CP180 Standard Horizon. Can anyone with the CP180 comment on how the screen performs in bright sunlight. Is it clearly visable.
02-18-2009 09:44 AM
funsailthekeys I bought for my wife's boat a Standard Horizon CP180i. It is color, 5" screen, DSC hook up, has waas (10') has 3 year warranty and is waterproof. Cost was $399.00. Uses C-map MAX or NT+.
02-17-2009 11:44 PM
modul8 I bought an older Raytheon/Autohelm chartplotter, and now I'm wondering how often I'm actually going to use it. It's a huge thing, perhaps too big for my boat (10" monochrome lcd)
and I'm wondering if I should go ahead and mount it, or just forget it and put it back out on ebay, and find a smaller colour one. I nabbed this one for 120, thinking that I would be more likely to use it if I can see it... but will probably spend twice that putting it in a navpod behind my wheel. Is it worth it? Is it a necessity? Will it suck my battery power like there's no tomorrow? SO many questions.
05-26-2008 10:28 AM
cnc33voodoo i had my weekend ruined by furling issues and my wife went out and surprised me with the sh 180 with external reciever to cheer me up.she also got the cmaps of great lakes and maritimes with it.
she bought it at our marina's store and supposedly they gave her a really good deal for the combo.
now if i could just get my boat fixed so i could try it out.
05-24-2008 07:54 PM
Originally Posted by Idiens View Post
(Do old sailors rust, or do they gradually sink?)

They just sail away..
05-24-2008 09:04 AM
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
Plastic actually does quite well in a marine environment...since it doesn't rust.
Well the old Sailor radio has not rusted much but the plastic knobs need replacing. Most plastic gasses and turns brittle on a 30 year timescale. However, at my time in life, another 30 years will be very welcome.

(Do old sailors rust, or do they gradually sink?)
05-23-2008 04:21 PM
sailingdog BTW, I've used internal antenna GPS units, and on most fiberglass boats they're okay... but YMMV, getting the external antenna is safer, just in case your boat is one that doesn't work with an internal antenna.
05-23-2008 02:21 PM
JimsCAL One additional point on the Lowrance. The 5300C has an internal antenna. The 5200C is identical and is same price but has an external antenna. Depends on where you want to put it.
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