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Old 08-08-2010, 04:32 PM
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Default Standard horizon cpv 350

Anyone running this unit, need a new gps and love the large screen, plus I want a second VHF on the boat.
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Old 08-08-2010, 08:37 PM
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Wow, no one using it?
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:39 AM
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We have been running the CPV 350 for three years on our C-Dory 25. We use the fishfinder as well as a si tex mds 9 radar. Generally a nice combination, unobtrusive at the helm and we have had zero issues with.. It has very limited expandability, and no extra nmea inputs. The radar overlay capability as far as I can tell is only theoretical, we have never been able to make it work despite two different multiplexers and multiple calls to tech support. Radar works fine as a full screen or side by side display. CMAP is CMAP, you loose information as you scroll out on charts but we usually have a lap top running with the noaa charts or navtech, as well as paper charts.

If you are looking for expandability I wouldn't recommend it but if you can live with the capabilities it has its really a nice little unit and has taken us 5000 miles on our great loop trip without a hiccup.

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Old 08-09-2010, 09:02 AM
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Thanks Helm, two questions if you can. are the maps not detailed enough or are they just slow in scrolling? And do you like the 7" screen and does it show well in sunlight?
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For us the 7 inch screen is just right, but thats because of the helm design of the C-Dory, the display is over the wheel but whoever is at the helm can see over the top of the display.

The charts are fine, no problems with refresh time or scrolling, I just think as you zoom out on your charts to get the big picture you loose a lot of the detail necessary to make a decision about your course. Since we are on the great loop we are always on unfamiliar water - thus the combo of the CPV 350 running C-Map, laptop with noaa charts and paper charts.

I don't think screen brightness is an issue but again in our C-Dory the helm station is inside, never out in the direct sun, I doubt in would be an issue.

Take a look at the Standard Horizon website, I think you can down load a simulated CPV 350 that will run on your computer.
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