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Old 03-16-2007, 05:02 PM
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Sorry if this is a repeat,

I am looking at the new Northstar m121. does anyone have pros or cons with the c-map it uses ?

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Old 03-22-2007, 10:43 AM
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I just posted the following regarding another Northstar question. I like the C-Map charts. Haven't come across any issues with them. Everything for my area is well detailed (east coast of FL):

I was looking at the C80 and decided to go with the Northstar M121 (same as M84, but 12 inch screen). Price was lower than C80 and bigger screen to boot. The sounder is built into the Northstar, so you don't have to pay $500 - $600 extra for the Raymarine DSM300 sounder module. The Northstar comes with the GPS sensor, so just add a transducer and you are ready to go. You can also add radar. I have Yamaha, so I can't use the engine integration - can't comment on that.

Overall the M121 is a very nice unit. Simple menus and easy to understand. Construction seems solid. I didn't even read the book and had it up and running with no problems. I had it installed, so can't speak to the ease of installation. Your only choice for charts is C-Map, so that may be a bigger consideration. I have the NT MAX C-Map card and it's fantastic. I would say very similar to the Navionics Platinum that the Raymarine uses. I use the chartplotter more than fishfinder and have been pleased with accuracy and detail. Fishfinder looks good, but I haven't had a chance to use it heavy.

Screen quality/viewability is great, but I would rate it slightly less than the Raymarine. Raymarine is very, very bright but the Northstar is no slouch. I'm using it on a 25 Wellcraft CC with a T-Top and no problems with viewing in direct sunlight. I have it hooked up to an ICOM M504 and it transfers lat/lon/time with no issues. The Raymarine has a slight edge in usability with the rotary knob on the front, but I didn't like the Raymarine menus compared to the Northstar.

Overall, I'd say the Northstar is a high quality unit and I'd recommend. I paid about $1800 for the M121 (comes with sounder and GPS sensor) and about $120 for a transom mount transducer. It's a bargain compared to the Raymarine. You'd be looking at $2500 easy for the Raymarine when you add up all the pieces "ala carte". I liked saving $500+ and getting the 12 inch screen on the M121.
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Thanks from the chesapeke bay
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Thanks from ft myers as im getting the m84 soon

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