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Old 12-15-2003, 06:49 PM
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As a winter project, I have asked my marina to replace my old Micrologic unit that no longer works. The problem is that I want to mount the new unit in the dash and it will have to fit in the existing hole (approx 4 1/2" sq) that was cut in the dash when the Micrologic unit was installed. I have seen a couple of Garmin color units that look to be about the right size but I am still suffering from sticker shock at their $2,000 price tag. Is color the only way to go or should I settle for a b/w unit, if I can find one that fits, and save approx. $800. Peter
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Try the Standard Horizon cp170 c , Great unit and with the cmap provides excellent info.

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Old 12-15-2003, 08:06 PM
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I can second the cp170c. I had one in my previous boat and was very happy with it. I compared side by side with the garmin and could not justify the cost difference. It's entirely viewable in the sun and very fast. About the only difference in price I could see was the number pad on the garmin. That makes entering waypoints easier. For me, that wasn't an issue, since I only had a few points saved.

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Old 12-15-2003, 10:03 PM
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Here's a link to a Garmin 2006C for $1679 new (beats the typical $2000 price):

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Old 12-15-2003, 10:44 PM
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Quit shopping to fill the hole. Find the plotter that is right for your needs and then build the mount around it. There is this wonderful stuff called starboard, you can work magic with it.

Sure, get the color, you'll nag yourself if you don't.

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Old 12-16-2003, 05:01 AM
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Bingo: Thom hit the nail right on the head, again!

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Old 12-16-2003, 03:55 PM
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Color is great, especially for the maps and markers on the inlets and rivers. I have a Furuno, for sale,with chip from Ft. Pierce to Jupiter. $700.00, I moved up to a combo unit.

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If a thrifty guy (cheapskate) like me can spring for color it must be a good idea.

Whatver model(s) you are considerring, do a search here to get some idea of how good they are and what bugs to watch-out for.
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Old 12-17-2003, 02:38 PM
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I did a lot of depating about this subject when I bought mine 2 years ago. I had trouble justifying the price difference (about double). I decided that this was one thing that I was not going to compromise with and went for the Garmin 2006c. I love it. It was one of my better diecisions I've made.

From what people have told me, that if you have monichrome already, you'll be OK with it again. If you don't, you'll be sorry you didn't go with the color. Very easy to use, very easy to see.

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I just purchased the 168 monochrome GPS/Sounder. I have quickly felt regrets for not getting the color. I recommend the color as well.
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Go with the color,i have garmin 182 c and very happy.You can see the color of buoys ,which is really nice
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Rocky- I might be interested in your Furuno. Send me the details please. I tried E-mail to you but it came back.
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I agree with Thom. Don't buy to fit the hole. That would be unwise. Ditto as well on selecting a color display. Go to your favorite store and LOOK at them side by side with the monochrome screen of the same brand.

There will be no doubt in your mind after comparing them that way. Color is the only way to go.

Finally, compare the color screen quality and resolution brand-by-brand in the store. I selected my Garmin 182c that way. Given the good service I had with my previous Garmin 182c, my new boat will receive a Garmin 2006 or 2010 in color soon.


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While we are on the subject of color GPS I have an additional question.
Do the channel markes also show up in their colors as well (i.e. green & red Markers and so on)
I am sold on the color ff (i have a Furuno 600l) and I am in the market for a new chartplotter this winter. My boat came equipped with a Furuno GPS 33 and I also have a Garmin map176 for backup.
I would like to upgraded or just add a chartplotter this winter and I am looking at the Garmin 182c's and comprable units but have never used a color GPS

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quote:Originally posted by tprice:
While we are on the subject of color GPS I have an additional question.
Do the channel markes also show up in their colors as well (i.e. green & red Markers and so on

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Old 12-19-2003, 07:13 AM
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Scot I will post photos and the model info, I have the box and all paper work, it has been a great unit.
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Old 12-19-2003, 06:41 PM
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If you enjoy looking at something and everytime you see it wishing you had gotten something else then go ahead and get monochrome.

Otherwise GET THE COLOR and everytime you see it, say to yourself I sure am glad I listened to Thom and the rest of the guys.
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