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Old 03-27-2003, 10:43 AM
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For starters, I recognize one is C-Map and the other is BlueChart; the differences are well posted.

I'm always reading about the 2010(c) vs. this device and that one; which is good, because it is a lot of money to spend and we all want to buy the best for the money.

But in reading everything I can get my hands on; I've come across the ColorMax 11, on paper it looks impressive. http://si-tex.com/html/colormax_11.html

What do you guys think? Anyone using this unit?

The ColorMax 11 is about $1,760.00, the 2021c ranges between 18-2,100 bucks.


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The huge difference from my perspective is the lack of a numeric keypad on the sitex. Scrolling though an onscreen alpha-numeric data entry screen is murder for me.
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randyg, true the si-tex does not have the keypad, but then again, the lion share of the market does not either. Should that alone be reason not to buy what otherwise appears to be a good unit?


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Marine electronics get rated on their ability to resist moisture invasion. These include water resistant, weatherproof and waterproof.

Without going into specifics, "WEATHERPROOF" usually means that the unit is "suitable" for installation in a fairly enclosed area such as an e-box or CC helm with hardtop and decent wind screen or enclosure. You don't want to wash down one of these units using a fresh water hose.

WATERPROOF means just that- sealed against water intrusion in normal atmospheric conditions. Splashing with a garden hose to wash off salt water should not be a problem.

SUBMERSIBLE ratings are for units that meet standards for length of time and depth of submersion. Not all "waterproof" units are submersible, but certified SUBMERSIBLE units are WATERPROOF.

The reason I mention this, is that I have seen and heard of "fogging" and condensation problems with WEATHERPROOF units (all makes). IMO opinion, "harmless" screen fogging is NOT harmless. If moisture shows on a screen, it exists elsewhere in the unit which impacts service life or function.

If everything else measures up, and you are comfortable with the unit, the absence of a key pad SHOULD NOT make a difference , IMO. It is a little painful when entering data in large numbers (new unit), but how much is really done on an every trip basis?

BTW, I have the 2010c and love it, but know nothng about the SITEX you are looking at.

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Another thing that is an unknown with this unit is how user friendly it is. Almost everyone I have talked to finds the Garmin easy to learn to use proficiently. The same cannot be said of all units.

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Garett ... just to get the blood flowing this morning; I's say that SI-TEX has always been considered, in my mind, to be the cheap knock-off (Koden), 'Johnny Come Lately' of marine discount electronics. Value orientated, etc. They have always been a little cheap on the case, knobs, mounts, instructions, and things of that nature. Their attitude: "Lets see how inexpensively we can make this thing." Vs "What can we do to make the best unit possible?" Do you see where I'm going? This is my perception...on paper and general appearance they may appear to be equal and less expensive. There are some great manufacturers out there with great products that are 'state of the art', why settle for less for a 15% price break? Admitedly, with the ever increasing prices of electronics for boats, that 15% is becoming a greater amount of hard dollars. I'm well aware there are satisfied users out there of SI-TEX equipment...that's great.

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Another 10" color unit worth a look is the new one from Standard Horizon (CP1000C). It has a keypad, 3 year warantee, waterproof, and its less than 2K. Many people speak highly thier smaller units, the CP160/170 series. I haven't seen the new one yet, but I'm looking.

I understand the recent PowerBoat Report had a comparison of differnt GPS units. Does anyone know how the CP 1000C faired?

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Big E I know that Si-Tex does say that it is waterproof. What they don't say is what test was performed to obtain that rating. I would/will have to drop them a line to find out.

ovenman Every model and every manufacture seems to word it differently - no standard. All Si-tex says is, "easy access to all system features." On the grand scale of things, what does that really mean in comparison to other brands? I guess I would have to find one in a store to be able to really say.

Where is there a Boat Show when you need one? I wish I knew what I now know back in Feb., when the Toronto International Boat Show was close at hand. Oh well, I guess I will just have to do it the hard way.

Mumblerone Interesting. A question comes to mind, " is this why I do not read a lot threads regarding Si-Tex; because it is cheaply made? Because there product line's prices indicates they cater to the high-end user.

If I've it seen it a hundred times I've read it once, "you get what you pay for" or "cheap is expensive." Hmmmm, you've got me back to scratching my head.

But I'm really intrigued by their Guardian (TM) Grounding Alarm feature though. For boating in Lake Erie and Georgian Bay (Canadian side) it is a very attrative feature. I know that I've got all the paper charts and I am proficient with using them but, all boating doesn't have to a science coarse and this feature alone could save the day.

Rickmid Now see I would have put the Si-Tex product line well above the Standard Horizon line. Well, I'm not above learning something new.

Any body know where I could read over the PowerBoat Report; does anyone have it to download? Better yet, I'm going to Post it.


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