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ContinuousWave: Whaler Performance
|Author||Topic: GPS Guidance|
posted 07-02-2003 10:46 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 07-02-2003 01:14 PM ET (US)
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).
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.
posted 07-02-2003 01:23 PM ET (US)
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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