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Old 04-22-2007, 08:48 PM
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I will be subscribing to XM weather for my garmin chartplotter for the first time this year. I am trying to decide on which service levelto go with...'Fisherman' or 'Master Mariner'?

The upgraded plan has a few things that seem worthwhile, including the satellite mosaic and severe weather storm tracks...but it seems like you get 90% of the info (nexrad radar, buoy data, and nws forecasts) for 60% of the monthly fee. bottom line..is the master mariner subscription worth the extra $20/month? (i can already hear the groans as yes, i realize $20/month does not even register as a rounding error in this ridiculous hobby), but still, i want somebody to assure me it's worth it!
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Old 04-22-2007, 08:56 PM
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It has been for me for the storm tracking info alone. It's saved my backside a number of times fishing offhore. I don't have radar.
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Old 04-22-2007, 08:58 PM
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Next month’s (May 2007) Powerboat Reports compares the Sirius and XM weather services. Here’s the conclusion:

As things stand now, and even though it costs more money, we think the XM Master Mariner subscription package is the way to go. It provides the best information and the best interface available today. We’d also recommend the XM Fisherman as a Best Buy, as long as you can live without the lightning and satellite mosaic weather features.


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Old 04-23-2007, 10:08 AM
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I have used the Master and the Fisherman. Fisherman in the winter and Master in the summer when I like to see the clouds not raining and the lightning data. The storm track on the Master in the summer is nice but I don't trust it all that much as the tracks move around alot. I think the weather is one of the best items to hit boating in a LONG time.
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Old 04-23-2007, 01:39 PM
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Haven't seen the Fisherman package, but have used the Master Mariner package on a Garmin GPSMap 376Csince last Summer. Having the storm tracks is worth the extra $20 - at least from my perspective...
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:17 PM
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I agree with trying to save a 20 here and there. I have the fisherman and receive the Nexrad pics. You can put the nexrad in motion on the overlay which, lets you anticipate the track. You can also measure from your location to the front edge of the rain. If you check again five minutes later with another measurement you can figure out the speed of the front and its arrival. I've gone around many of these edges and managed to stay dry. A big deal on my C/console. You can also decide which weather functions you want to display and at what ranges so there is plenty of flexibility within even the lower package. I found displaying everything makes the screen to "busy".
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:22 PM
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Five Seas - 4/23/2007 10:17 PM

I agree with trying to save a 20 here and there. I have the fisherman and receive the Nexrad pics. You can put the nexrad in motion on the overlay which, lets you anticipate the track. You can also measure from your location to the front edge of the rain. If you check again five minutes later with another measurement you can figure out the speed of the front and its arrival. I've gone around many of these edges and managed to stay dry. A big deal on my C/console. You can also decide which weather functions you want to display and at what ranges so there is plenty of flexibility within even the lower package. I found displaying everything makes the screen to "busy".
exactly my sentiments - I can easily track the storms using the fisherman pkg and nexrad -last saturday manuvered between 3 storms within a mile of me and stayed perfectly dry....
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:53 PM
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I have a lowrance 522c. Can you use the weather equipment with it or is Garmin the only one that supports it?

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