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Old 03-23-2003, 08:00 PM
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I'm in the market for a GPS. I'm leaning toward the Garmin because they are the proven leader in GPS tech. What I'm trying to determine is what the benefit of color is over grayscale. Is it really worth 300+ more dollors to have color?

I'm looking at the 182, 182C and the 232.

So what are the Pros & Cons to both color and grayscale?

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Old 03-23-2003, 10:59 PM
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Check out consumers marine electronics,they have a close out furuno 1650 for $588,thats about half price of what they were.Good deal.JMO



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I have both, definitely a personal decision. The accuracy and pictures are the same. Color is great but certainly not necessary.

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John,

I have B/W and wish I had color. Not a big deal, but it does make the chart look like the paper chart you are used to seeing. In running a friend's boat with color I find it easier to distinguish details in the chart. It does not bother me enough that I would change out the display, but I will get color on my next boat.
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The purpose of a chartplotter is to make life easy, color is twice as easy to navigate with than monochrome becuase you can determine what you are seeing much more easily. Monochrome requires you to study the screen a little more. An example of where color shines is buoy color, it is easy to determine buoy color with a quick glance.

I would spend the extra dough.


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Get the color.

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I looked at the Garmin 182 and 182c side-by-side, and decided to get the color unit.

Visability was the major reason. I don't have the best vision, and wear gradiated lenses. The color screen was brighter in sunlight and easier to see. The ability to see buoy color easilly (as opposed to discerning shapes on the B&W screen), was a major factor in my decision.

Also, with the limited space on the center console, overall size was a factor. It would be nice to have a big 10" screen, but space and co$t were a limiting factor.

The color screen on the 182c was the best viewable of all the ones I considered, and it fit on my console to boot. Add a bluechart chip and go fishing!

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On another forum a couple people are recommending that the Navman 5500 is a better unit for the $$$s than the Garmin 182c? Any thoughts on this?

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Fishon2 - - Powerboat Reports did a comparison on 10 units in the April issue. They said, "In the smaller range it's a tossup, but we'd go with the Standard Horizon 150C. It's a handsome,easy-to-use unit at a nice price.($800) The Si-Tex Nautilus NT and Garmin 182C are also good choices. Then - "For a stand-alone unit among the larger models, we'd take the Simrad CP33 etc.).

Last year I bought a Licka MK40 on sale from Consumer Electronics for $600, half price!! (I'm cheap most of the time) I am computer stupid and have had a blast learning to use it as it is so easy to figure out.

Hope this helps. (And I"d go color.)

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Any more thoughts..............?

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color, color, color. sooooo much easier to read, digest, which means safer, as Y-J notes.
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fishon2,
I went through the same thing. I thought about it for months and wound up going for the mono. I am used to looking at the mono and felt it was fine for me. GO WITH YOUR GUT. I went up from a Garmin 128 to a Garmin 182 and just LOVE it. Get the chip also. If possible check out the boat shows. I got mine at the Atlantic City Boat Show for $545.00 plus the chip. Couldn't pass it up.
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Assuming you have room for a larger unit, I would advise to get a larger mono screen over a smaller color screen for about the same money. Course the ideal situation would be to get the large screen in color!

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Think long term! Nothing is worse than making a significant purchase then a few months down the line saying to yourself "I should have..."

I just bought the 182C and I love it! It was as large as I could fit on my console and it is so easy to read. I got a great deal on it from BoatersWorld at the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach ($849). Additionally Garmin has a special promotion right now offering a $100 rebate if you turn in an old GPS or Loran. I have an old Loran unit so my final cost will be $749 for the color unit. They are also offering a $50 rebate on the Blue Chart chip. This promotion ends 4-30-03. You can check it out at www.garmin.com under special promotions. Hope this helps your decisions I know they are hard.
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Thanks for all the great input. Here's where I'm at:

I'm going with color and C-MapNT+ units in a 6"-7" viewable screen. Up to $1500.00 is what I have to spend (don't tell my wife she has no idea what these things cost).

I have it narrowed down to:
CP170C by Standard Horizon
Chart Master 7CI by Interphase
GP1850WD/NT by Furuno(WAAS/GPS/DGPS)
GP1850W/NT by Furuno (WAAS/GPS)
GP1650W/NT by Furuno (only 5.6" viewable)

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Fishon2,
Don't deal out Garmin. IMO the best map chip on the market. The detail is great!! Also dealing with that little lever on the standard machines would get aggravating in any weather IMO. Cant comment on the others. Oh and get the color. I have a mono chartplotter and I occasionally run two friends boat that have them, I kicj myself everytime. Also if you do any night boating color is much easier to orient too at a clance.. Good Luck
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quote:Originally posted by Cracker:
Fishon2,
Don't deal out Garmin. IMO the best map chip on the market. The detail is great!!

From everything I can tell the C-MapNT+ charts are much better when it comes to detail and the flexiblity of removing layers of detail and adding them.

Secondly, if I go with Garmin and later decide I want to upgrade I won't be able to look at other brands without buying new chips because BlueCharts only work with Garmin.

Furono in my mind is on the right track in offering units that will handle Navonics Chips and C-MapNT+ chips.

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Something that I never see posted at this website is, "how is the chartplotter being used?" i.e. If you spend 90% of your time in open water, then color doesn't really do much for you. (Or does it?) If you spend a lot of time in channels that you don't visit often, then I could certainly see the value of color.

(Just thinking out loud.) Personally, you can put me in the "larger v. color" camp. I'd rather see more waypoints, then a blue background.

(I should qualify this by stating that I am currently shopping (sitting on the pot), and don't have any experience at all with plotters. I've been using a Magellan 315 handheld for 5 years.) The item that appeals to me most is the CP160, but the 182 is a close 2nd.
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I viewed this off another posts for cleaning electronics...Last summer I tried Windex to remove some salt spray and got streaks that never went away.

Last week I contacted Garmin's tech support to see what could be done to fix the screen and what I should use to clean it.

They had me send the unit back and they replaced/fixed the screen under warranty.

Here is what they said about cleaning:

"The best method to clean the screen is either with just water or soapy water solution. Any type of cleaning solution with alcohol should not be used."

Additionally, they saved my waypoints and upgraded the unit to the most recent software release.

Gotta love Garmin.

Just another thing to think about!
Not that Furuno wouldn,t do the same though.
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