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|10-07-2011 02:00 PM|
|bljones||In Canada, from my perspective and experience, Lowrance is the winner hands down. Integrated Canadian Navionics charts, great service and very competitive pricing.|
|10-07-2011 08:50 AM|
I have talked to Garmin directly and pretty much every distributor we have in town in hopes that someone had some older equipment or blue charts still kicking around.
I have found a guy in Texas who sells the Blue chart USB card reader on ebay and I will order one in hopes of reactivating the memory card. But, right now that's just a shot in the dark.
You can still get charts for the 3000 series plotters but mine is a 2000 series and a bit older than yours and is not compatible with G2 blue charts.
The unit I currently have has the sonar modual but it does not have an integraded radar, I have a stand alone radar. But I do agree that an integraded radar is the way to go. When I do replace this unit I will go with a sonar and an integraded radar/plotter system.
In Canada we are required to carry paper charts, no less than 2 years old, on board vessels that are 9 metres or more in length and I do refer to them constantly.
I am more curious as to peoples opinions on other manufactures plotters.
ie; Lowrance, Standard Horizon, Hummingbird, Furuno, etc.
Cause right now the door is wide open for a replacement.
|10-07-2011 06:52 AM|
Instead of talking to distributors why not call Garmin direct? They still have have charts available for this unit though the end of the year:
Garmin: MapSource - BlueChart
I have owned many of the products over a 15-20 year period and found both their products and support to be great. I don't believe that you really need to constantly update electronic charts if you are using them in conjunction with paper charts like you should.
Currently using a Garmin GPSMap 3006c integrated withheir radar. Purchased in 2005, its since been discontinued but software and charts are still available. There is nothing better for confirming your position than having a radar overlay on a chart.
|10-06-2011 09:48 PM|
After talking to many distributors for Garmin I have discovered that even though it is the blue chart card that is scewed up and not the unit itself , it cannot be fixed because it is obsolete.
Garmin "stuff" is Garmin crap. Instead of calling it Garmin how about calling it Garbage.
So, I am in the market for a new non-Garmin unit. I would like my new unit to have a radar and sounder.
Any thoughts or preferences on chartplotters and why?
I'm all ears.
|09-26-2011 06:48 AM|
Originally Posted by svHyLyte View Post
|09-25-2011 08:10 PM|
Garmin's "stuff" is excellent. The problem is the "Engineered Obsolescence". We have a 2006c at our Nav table and a 3205c at our Helm station and they are both excellent and both declared "obsolete" by Garmin so we're screwed if we need a repair or replacement charts later than 2008!!!
|09-25-2011 06:15 PM|
Really, cause I have always thought that Garmin, although not the best stuff, really wasn't all that bad.
I do admit that they seem to make things obsolete a little before they should, but all in all not bad stuff for the average guy.
|09-25-2011 10:08 AM|
Originally Posted by bljones View Post
Unfortunately, that seems to have become true. At least the earlier units were very good, however. I am looking forward to the day--if ever--when someone comes up with a way to convert other chart formats to/from Garmin formats.
|09-24-2011 04:09 PM|
Garmin, the Apple of chartplotters.
|09-24-2011 03:46 PM|
Check also that the Blue Chart card is actually selected. It could just be reading a base map installed in the unit.
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