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Old 03-26-2003, 04:37 AM
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Default Lowerance GlobalMap 5000c compared to: ???????????

OK. Based on the input here I think I'll go with color.

Next question:
Does anyone run this unit? http://www.lowrance.com/Outdoor/Products/GM5000C.asp

What are your thoughts on it compared to the following Color GPS Mapping/Chartplotters below.
Garmin 182c : Blue Charts
Standard Horizon 150c: C-Map NT+
Navman 5500: C-Map NT+

The biggest dilemma I'm having is determining the best mapping/charting technology to go with.
What are the pros & cons to Lowerances MapCreate software and writing to MMC (multi- media cards) vs C-Map NT+ and Blue Charts.

I've sure opened a can of worms now!!!!!

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Old 03-26-2003, 01:15 PM
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My name here and my boat name is "fish on". No surprise as to the commonality of the name I just hadn't seen the name here. I also have a Grady. I just bought the new Advance 257. I originally purchased a Lowrance LCX-15MT which is a combo Fishfinder/GPS. I thought I could streamline things and be happy with it but the first time I used it I discovered that I was wrong. I kept the unit but will use it as a fishfinder only and a back up to my new GPS unit. I just purchased and will take possession of tomorrow a new Lowrance GlobalMap 7000c. This is the ten inch unit which will retail for about $1,800. When I compared this to other similar sized units like Garmin it was less expensive and the fact that I could use the same GPS antennae that was on the MT made it a simple decision. I bought two Navionics chips directly from Navionics online. You can get this off of the Lowrance site. I put the chip in the current MT unit and it looks great. Has all of the contours and wrecks, bouys etc. It will look even better in color and on a 10 inch display. The only difference that I could see between the Garmin bluecharts and the Lowrance Navionics chips/charts were that the colors on Garmin mimic the charts vs the two color (land vs water) differences with Lowrance/Navionics. If you can live with this you should be happy with the 5000c which has all of the features of the 7000c with the exception of some resolution and a smaller screen. If you haven't checked out the 7000c you might want to do it before you buy the 5000c. Good luck.

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