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SeaHag posted 07-02-2003 10:46 AM ET (US)   Profile for SeaHag   Send Email to SeaHag  
Sometimes too much info is a bad thing as I am spending way too much time on this, but I have come to respect and value the opinions here.

My chartplotter dilemma:

1)NavMan 5500 - color, 5 inch screen, CMAP chips,$850 ttl cost includes the needed chip

2) Garmin 182 - b / w - total cost $860 includes needed chip

3) Garmin 162 - b /w total cost = $400.

4) Standard 150c - not familar but know people like it.

I know both the 162 and 182 have gotten good kudos. Any body have the word on the NavMan? Whats appealing about that unit is the color 5" screen for $300 less than comparative units.

Wheen providing feedback, I am more interested in comments relating to the units rather than cost comments, as these are ballparks $$'s anyway.


prm1177 posted 07-02-2003 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
I was having the same dillema back in April. I looked at all of the units you've listed and ended up with the Standard 150c for a couple of reasons:

-Most readable display in full light (I looked at them all and the 150 was a clear winner).
-CMAP cartrdges useable in the widest assortment of GPS manufacturers (in case you want to change manufacturers)
-Interface capabilites with DSC capable VHF units
-Price (around $729 plus the chip)

I've been using it in SF Bay with the West Coast Wide+ cartridge for the past 3 months and am very happy with it. If you are a fisherman, you may find the Garmin Blue Charts more useable (more tide and fishing info), but if I had it to do all again I would buy another 150c.

FYI Navman is in the process of being purchased by Brunswick, much to the New Zealand Govt's dismay.


Jerry Townsend posted 07-02-2003 01:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
SeaHag - several threads have previously addressed these units - which will give you a wealth of information.

My opinion - I prefer the Standard Horizon units - uses the C-NT+ maps which are available for virtually all water in the US and Canada and all states in the U.S. - accepts two maps - easily removable - very good daylight monitor - five push button, user-set screen set-ups - 3 year iron-clad warranty and after that a nominal flat fee service. ----- Jerry/Idaho

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