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jimh posted 08-07-2009 11:54 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
I am interested in learning what chart plotter and GPS receiver combinations provide a TRIP LOG function. By that I mean an accumulation of distance traveled that can be reset to zero when desired. My older GPS receiver and chart plotter does not seem to have this function available. I am fairly certain that newer GARMIN marine chart plotters and GPS receivers have a TRIP LOG function. Is the TRIP LOG a common function in marine chart plotters these days?
TransAm posted 08-07-2009 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for TransAm  Send Email to TransAm     
The Standard Horizon CPF300i has a re-setable trip log function.
jimh posted 08-07-2009 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I was browsing the LOWRANCE HDS-series operation manuals. I did not see a TRIP LOG function. Could LOWRANCE chart plotters be lacking a TRIP LOG function?
Phil T posted 08-07-2009 04:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Phil T  Send Email to Phil T     
My Garmin 172c (discontinued) has this feature.

I checked Garmin's site and the 541/541s Chartplotter also has the same feature.

Many of the Garmin features are standard along the various units.

jimh posted 08-07-2009 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
After browsing the LOWRANCE HDS-10 operating manual, I found this section:


If you connect a paddlewheel speed sensor to your unit, you can track the distance you travel on the water. RESET WATER DISTANCE resets water distance to zero.

To reset water distance, highlight RESET WATER DISTANCE and press ENTER.

That does not sound like a GPS trip log function. Are there any experienced LOWRANCE users who could comment about a trip log function in their chart plotter?

JMARTIN posted 08-07-2009 06:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Jim, your flow meter has a log function. There is a total log and a trip log that can be set to zero. If it is hooked up to a GPS, it will show: time of the trip, miles traveled, and fuel used. My flow meter is hooked to a Lowrance, but I do not think the Lowrance has a log function.


jimh posted 08-07-2009 06:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
John--The NAVMAN 3100 FUEL has a great TRIP LOG function, and I have become completely spoiled by it. That is the underlying motive for this thread. I am planning to replace the NAVMAN 3100 FUEL, but I cannot live without the TRIP LOG.

I am trying to discover what modern marine chart plotters have the TRIP LOG function available. The LOWRANCE HDS-series was one of the chart plotter instruments which is attractive to me as a replacement. However, any replacement for the NAVMAN somehow must include a TRIP LOG function. Without a TRIP LOG, I'd not be able to collect data as I like to.

jimh posted 08-08-2009 07:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I browsed through the RAYMARINE A70D operation manual. It appears that there are four or five resettable log functions included. Raymarine definitely has a TRIP LOG function in their chart plotter!
bluewaterpirate posted 08-08-2009 10:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
The Garmin 400/500/4000/5000 series all have a trip log and custom programable page (i.e. the user can select what date is displayed in what window ... up to six selections).

Trip Log Garmin 545 4892322_2159971_31018213_WebSmall_3/ Image-4892322-31018213-2-WebSmall_0_cbf8e3ee8307a513c8029c30648010c4_1

Custom Page Garmin 545 .... each window has six fields to choose from. 4892322_2159971_31018230_WebSmall_3/ Image-4892322-31018230-2-WebSmall_0_ea182dc46f68a1a19b4fab07014914a2_1

The 2000/3000/490 series all have these displays


jimh posted 08-08-2009 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The weather this Saturday was miserable, a repeat of the cold heavy rain we had last Saturday. Since boating was not likely, I drove to BASS PRO SHOP to check out the LOWRANCE HDS-10 in person.

After fiddling for quite a while, I figured out a few quirks of the HDS-10 user interface without reading the manual, and I located the TRIP LOG function. It was buried under the INFO menu, TRIP CALCULATOR submenu. There are three logs: TRIP1, TRIP2, and TODAY.

Quite inconsistently, in the SETUP menu you can add an on-screen display of the mileage, but this is called ODOMETER. It is not clear which of the three logs you would be displaying in the ODOMETER.

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