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Old 04-24-2003, 06:39 AM
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I've been living without a CP for 10 years. I'm using a Furuno GP 31 right now with no problems.

I chart all my waypoints by hand. I am considering getting a low cost CP with chip particularly for use in exploring "new" waters.

There are Garmin 180's on ebay for around 350.00 + the chip I need (299.00)that puts me into a CP for 650.00.

I would love color but it's too much $$$$.

Does anybody have comments on this unit, or suggestions ??

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Old 04-24-2003, 07:16 AM
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Harpoon, For the money, go with a new Garmin GPSMap 162. and get the blue Chart CD. The 180 is older technology now. While the big screen is nice, the 162 is almost as big, has WAAS, faster update rates, and newer charts available. Downlodable from your PC. I had the 180 on my last boat (sold with boat) and went with the 162 on the new. You can get the complete works for less than the used 180. I got the 162 for $345.00 and the Blue Chart CD was on special at $49.00. Nice package and features for the $$$.
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Old 04-24-2003, 10:40 AM
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Chumbucket ....Nice Name !!!!!!

We refer to the person doing the chumming as the chum-bitch on my boat...just another way to keep the wife at home.

I appreciate the information. I'll go check one out.

I'm guessing thats the "small" chart for 49.00.

Can you also put the large chart in that unit ?
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:47 PM
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harpoon- i am looking at the 162 myself

check out the price at byownergroup.com...by far the lowest price out there

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Old 04-24-2003, 01:14 PM
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Harpoon, yeah there's a whole story behind that name. It's something I haven't lived down for a while now.
No, That was the large chart. Regularly @ $149.00. It was on sale, plus had a rebate at the time, and I also got a little extra off by applying for the West Marine card. I currently have loaded on my 162 from @ Portsmouth, NH to Block Is., RI. and out to Stellwagen. More than I'll be needing.
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Thanks.

BTW, I looked at some of the Standard Horizon Stuff on byeowner and it was 50.00 more per unit than the going rate at boating stores.
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I like the Standard units but Garmins menus are easier to navigate. Standard units force you to change screens for some functions. Just a little easier with Garmin but Standards are certainly a fine product. Also I can speak from experience, that Garmins customer service is excellent. Can't say good or bad for Standard (Vertex).
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CB,

How many miles out does the chart go ?

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Old 04-24-2003, 08:01 PM
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Well as I mentioned, Stellwagen is covered, but not much farther than that so about 20-25 miles I'd guess. Always carry paper charts aboard too. Check the Garmin website. Seems to me they show the coverage areas. www.garmin.com
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I know it lists for $999 but I got mine through Boaters World at a show for $849 and the BlueChart for $112. Next I went to the Garmin website www.garmin.com and under special promotions learned they are offering a $100 rebate if you upgrade from anything (I sent in an old LORAN unit). They are also offering a $50 rebate on the BlueCharts.

The screen is very bright and I love the color! It may be more than you want to spend but if you can swing it you won't regret it. By the way their offer is only good until 4/30 so you only have a few days left for the rebates
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Old 04-25-2003, 05:49 AM
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CB,

Is that the "limit" for the software ??

I neeed to be out 50 nm.

I'm going to check them out at lunch.

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Don't know on the limits but out that far, the only thing you're going to loose on the charting is the water depth marks. The GPS will still track and give you a trackback feature to get you home. You should be able to place waypoints outside of the chart area and a good quality depth sounder will take care of the rest. Post the question to Garmin and I'm quite sure they'll confirm this or see if any of the sales staff at your local dealer can answer.
IMO as long as you have a good set of paper charts for that far offshore, you only need the electronic charts for inshore navigating.
Good luck Harpoon. (with that name and distance offshore you must be targeting BFT? How are the regs looking for this year?)
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Old 04-25-2003, 07:11 AM
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CB,

I'm into groundfishing and Tuna. But I suck at the Tuna. I can hook them up but I usually seem to break them off. And If I really want to get into it I'll end up paying alamony and child support. I'm just practicing for when the kids grow up !

50 miles would be unusual for me but 30-40 is typical.

The depth and bottom contours is what I want to see. If I'm passing something interesting it's nice not to have to stop and pull out the chart.

Thanks for your help where do you fish out of ?

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Old 04-25-2003, 07:38 AM
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Just out of curiosity, are the bottom contour lines shown on the Garmin Blue Chart chip beyond 200 feet??? I know the spot depths are shown but I don't recall the contours. I usually turn off the Blue Chart detail when trolling in deep water to eliminate confusion with the tracks.

What kind of depths to you get at 50 nm up there??
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Old 04-25-2003, 12:46 PM
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Harpoon, I know quite well about the breakoff. I'm down here on the South Shore, out of Scituate, Marshfield, Falmouth(Vineyard Sound), etc. I'm trailering for the last couple years.
The farthest out I go is Stellwagen.

Gil, they do show contours, but can't remember about the depth that they cut off at. You may be correct.
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Lowrance 4000M includes all the software CD's, a 16Mb chip and the hardwarer to connect to your computer to customize your info or back-up your waypoints.

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