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jimh posted 08-11-2007 01:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
Standard-Horizon finally added a digital image to their website, showing their new CP500 Chart Plotter and GPS receiver. The specifications, user manual, and other data had been on-line for weeks, but no image of the device. See it at:

The list price is an astronomically high $3,333, however on-line retailers show it available for about $1,630. This unit is at the high end of the SMALL boat electrical range for such devices, however many mariners want a large display like the CP500's 12-inch 800x600 direct sunlight-viewable color screen provides, even on boats less than 25-feet long.

The chart plotter uses second-source C-MAP digital cartography, which is available on a global basis and is a popular digital chart cartography format used by many other chart plotter manufacturers, ensuring availability of data for most any waters.

The unit can also display vessel target information received by an external automatic identification system (AIS) receiver. This is a new feature among Standard-Horizon chart plotters, and had previously not been available except in the recently introduced smaller CP300 device. My impression is that for the immediate future Standard-Horizon will not be manufacturing their own AIS receiver, however there are several relatively low-cost AIS receivers currently available which should be easily interfaced with the CP500.

The device also support connection of a FF520 ($230) digital fish finder or SONAR module, as well as a RADAR module. Details of the RADAR accessory were very sketchy, so stand-by for more information on their website.

where2 posted 08-13-2007 10:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
AIS functionality was available on the CP180 and CP180i introduced over a year ago... The CP300 was the widescreen version of the CP180 which came out later in response to the demand for a compact unit with a wide screen capable of displaying the fish finder and chart plotter functions side by side while being reasonably visible.

Although beautiful, I believe the CP500 is a little too large for my 15_Sport that is currently running the CP180i.

It would look more at home on a 345 Conquest helm, with a video input from the DVD player in the cabin.

Watch for the radar functionality on the smaller units like the CP300. I think its coming...

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