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04-02-2011 05:58 PM
palomar ok... does anyone know if the preloaded Lowrance elite 5 coverage includes BVI and USVI?
04-02-2011 02:17 PM
bljones If you're going fixed mount, I agree with the Lowrance recommendation. Best value in a chartplotter available.
04-02-2011 01:11 PM
palomar Beneteau 411.
and i was considering the ipad option.. because its a good excuse to buy one =)
but wasn't sure if it work in BVI....if it uses cell signal and roams while using it etc.

so im open to ipad.. or handheld.. or mounting something..
and really was trying to spend under 1k. because its more of just a fun gadget to use there. not a must have.
04-02-2011 10:09 AM
Minnewaska
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Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post

Isnt your IPAD2 a 3G runner. In case you havent noticed the new Droid coming out this summer will run 4 g network. Technology has gone by 3g

But like I said I will patiently wait till the Droid tablets with the advanced processors come out later this summer. They will be superior to the IPAD.

First is not always best....but it is always first.
I checked the 4G coverage areas. Your device may be able to use it, but only where available. The fact that I may even get 3G has me giddy.
04-02-2011 09:15 AM
LinekinBayCD
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Originally Posted by palomar View Post
What are you using? or what do you wish you had and why?
Trying to decide between using a handheld GPS or installing something.
Boat will be used in BVI so its more of a need & handy gadget then a necessity.
What size boat, what is yor budget?

I think the best value is with units that are preloaded with charts at least in the US. If you are leaning toward handhelds, Garmin by far has the largest selection.
04-02-2011 08:50 AM
chef2sail
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questioned the same, but came down on the IPad, since it is the market leader and most apps are written for it first, then adapted to the droid, etc.
I agree that the IPAD and apple is leading in developing the technology first.They clearly are gifted in their concept areas.

In terms of Apps, Apple definately started out with more...but the android apps wether they are copy cats or not have caught up and across the board are cheaper than the apple ones.

Apple is an industry leader in innovation I give them that, and their marketing to the average buyer is so far superior to others it isnt funny...they really personalize it for people, but that doesnt make them a better or the most advanced product

Isnt your IPAD2 a 3G runner. In case you havent noticed the new Droid coming out this summer will run 4 g network. Technology has gone by 3g

But like I said I will patiently wait till the Droid tablets with the advanced processors come out later this summer. They will be superior to the IPAD.

First is not always best....but it is always first.
04-02-2011 07:59 AM
prroots
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Originally Posted by ebs001 View Post
I like alot of the C-Map cartography but the software to run it on a PC is prohibitive. I am considering buying a Standard Horizon CP500 which uses C-Map
Thanks for the interesting info. Not sure what you consider prohibitive, but several people have recommended the PC program, NavPak Professional Edition, which costs 248 (Purchase NavPak and MapSetup) which is able to read all C-map chips via a c-card reader.

I also inherited a couple of C-map chips from the discarded Raymarine chartplotter than came with the boat.
Pete
04-02-2011 07:52 AM
ebs001 I have a Raymarine 65 as my plotter and also run Maptech using Maptech cartography on my PC, an old IBM Thinkpad with Windows98, conected to a handheld GPS. I have always like the idea of having two different sources of information and having a backup system. I like alot of the C-Map cartography but the software to run it on a PC is prohibitive. I am considering buying a Standard Horizon CP500 which uses C-Map ( I have C-Map chips from my previous plotter) and Fugawi for my PC and use the Navionics card from my Ray. I have found a source of 12 volt computers on which I can customize the ports so that I can get serial ports as well as USB.
In order to run both a plotter and a PC at the same time you need to have 2 chips.
04-02-2011 06:16 AM
prroots
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Originally Posted by palomar View Post
Standard Horizon CP300/300i Chart Plotter
something like this maybe..
I purchased a Garmin 441s and am now having a bit of buyer's remorse. The reason has to do with the fact that I'd like to use my laptop at Nav station as primary and the chartplotter as backup. The problem arises with the Explorer charts of the Bahamas (which are generally agreed to be the best charts of the Bahamas). The 441s chartplotter comes with those charts included, but now I have no way to access them with the laptop. On the other hand, had I purchased something like the Standard Horizon you referenced, the C-map chips can be used by both the chartplotter and laptop. This allows you to buy the chips once, but use them either way. That appeals to me. Anyway, this is a vote for the Standard Horizon if you wish to use both a PC and dedicated chartplotter and share the chips between them. Here is a quote from the makers of the Explorer charts:
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At this time our Explorer data is only available electronically through Nobeltec, C-Map and Garmin, but not in BSB format.
What makes the C-Map chip option unique is the ability to read them with both dedicated chartplotter and Nav software running on a PC. Note: to avail yourself of this capability you must purchase a C-map c-card reader and compatible Nav software.
Pete
04-02-2011 06:15 AM
Minnewaska
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Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
I also would like a backup tablet, but am waiting till later this summer when two or three of the new android tablets come out ( LG Nexus is one). When comparing the apple i phones with the android ones I got a droid and feel the tablets will follow suit. ( i am waiting for the new HTC pyrimid) No sense in switching to apple propreitary products here.
I questioned the same, but came down on the IPad, since it is the market leader and most apps are written for it first, then adapted to the droid, etc.

It's a funny turnabout. For desktops, PC is clearly the leader, but MAC users swear their's is superior. Just the opposite phenomena for pads.

BTW, this is my first post with the IPad (took three tries so far)
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