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Old 01-31-2007, 02:38 PM
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I would like to ask for some direction before starting my search for the right gps/plotter for my needs...

21' open boat with no protection from the elements underway, I would like a unit that I can bring inside when I am done, with a quick release mounting system.

I dive and spearfish more than fish from the surface now, and I have an adequate bottom reader.

My plan for next season is to locate some areas of hard bottom and ledges offshore of Morehead City, NC in 60-90' of water. I have a bunch of numbers, and I have been studying my charts on the computer as well. I have a really good idea of where to start looking. THe plan is to investigate from the surface and mark spots that show good relief and mark fish at the bottom. Then we will send divers to look in person.

*All standard nav features common to most gps
*Anchor alarm
*Real time current indicator
*Ability to "mark" a spot quickly (like man overboard feature) and then ease of return to the spot
*Chart display with bottom contours, zoom in close feature
*Chart display with real time information
*Programmed and marked waypoints should show up on the chart
*Easy to read screen in sunlight

I'd like to spend $500-$800 dollars, and would prefer quality, so savings should be in lack of features I don't need, not poor quality

Any ideas where I should start?

Ken
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Old 01-31-2007, 03:42 PM
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Swamp, you want alot for a little. Nothing wrong with that, we all do.
All the units will have a quick release option.
All will have Anchor alarm
Real time current?? Best bet is a marker buoy with a tell tale behing it....still won't tell you what's happening below the thermocline. Many Garmins have built in Tide and current plotting
All will have MOB functionality
Chart display with bathy will be a Software option $99-300 or preloaded
All will have Waypoint display options
Look for a "Sunlight viewable" display

Check out the Garmin 498, it should be dropping in price with the near release of the next generation of electronics.
The sounder is good, some menu hopping but not great.
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Real time current?? Best bet is a marker buoy with a tell tale behing it....still won't tell you what's happening below the thermocline. .
Come to think of it, I guess I can see how the unit would have no idea what was moving you, current, wind or the engine.

My friend suggested the Garmin 378C, he has the model before that and loves it, but West Marine has it for $1099.

I have been doing pretty well with my Hummingbird sounder, $99 etrex and a grease chart.

I do have some cool software on my PC that has all the charts of the area, and as you pan over the chart, it gives the gps coordinates for where the cursor is. I also have bunches of #'s of hard bottom from my kingfishing days, so it is really just a matter of marking something on the bottom, going down to take a look and floating a buoy to the surface when we find something we like and then marking the #'s for the buoy before leaving the area.

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You can do much better than the $1099 thru the vendors here or many other online retailers. If you just want a chartplotter, the Garmin 376c and upward offer Bluechart capability (some preloaded) as well as the xm weather. The XM weather option is nice, updates fast and although it is alittle spendy and does not replace radar can be really nice to have when storms pop up or the rumble of thunder is heard offshore.
You can also use it in your vehicles as it has autorouting and POI data. Very versatile.
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I only want chartplotter integrated with gps, no sounder.
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Swamp the 492 garmin is a great machine, same as the 498 wo the sounder. im guessing around
620.00 good luck
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swampdogg check out starmarinedepot.com.
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Contact Jim at BOE (board vendor). He will point you in the right direction & give you a great deal

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I started with a small screen, and just installed a Garmin 2210. It is well worth the extra money. It has all the features you require, and it can be had for only 1350, no tax, no shipping, from BOE Marine.

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