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Help choosing new GPS/Chartplotter

Old 10-13-2011, 06:42 AM
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Default Help choosing new GPS/Chartplotter

My GPS is on the fritz... keeps losing signal, turns itself off, screen gets all pixelated, etc... It's a Lowrance 3500c and is about 5 years old. So, I'm in the market for a new one. I have done a little research, but am looking for some real-world experience.

Main use of the chartplotter is for fishing. I fish from AC New Jersey to Ocean City, MD, Chesapeake & Delaware Bays (it's a trailer boat) and am typically well in-shore. However I do run out for inshore tuna a couple times a year... generally within 40 miles. I do alot of wreck fishing too. I was happy with the unit I had overall... however there were a few things I didn't like about it.

First, I'm looking for something up to $700 or so, including accessories & charts. I'd like to have an instant waypoint button. When drift-fishing, i like to mark the place where i get a fish. On my Lowrance unit, i had to go through a bunch of menu's to get there. Even if it was a MOB button that i could use repeatedly & change to a waypoint later, I'd be content with that. I'd also like to be able to program waypoints on my laptop. It is difficult on my current unit to program at sea, especially while the boat was rocking. Since i fish a pretty big area, I generally plan out where I'm going to go in my office before I leave.

Last thing... I have always been confused by the different chart types. Navionics Gold, Platinum, Fish-n-chip, etc... I just want a high detail chart showing all the navigation aids, bottom contours, etc... I've been looking at the Garmin Bluechart Vision compatible units and I do really like the 3D views, but I dont know if i really need it. They do look really cool though!

I've done a little research and the units that I have in mind are the Lowrance HDS-5m and the Garmin 541. Looks like Garmin offers Homeport software which would allow me to program the card on my PC. I didn't see that option with Lowrance. I haven't looked at Raymarine or any other manufacturers yet either.

Sorry for the long post. Just wanted to get all the info I have out there. If anyone could help me out with some real-world experience, I'd really appreciate it.

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Old 10-13-2011, 10:21 AM
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Default Standard cpv350 chartplotter w/integrated vhf

I had to replace an old gps and had limited space. I tried this GPS, STANDARD CPV350 CHARTPLOTTER W/INTEGRATED VHF and was very impress by the unit. Plus you get a backup VHF in the deal. Looks like you can get one for $790. You can read the specs here
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:37 AM
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Lots of good units out there.

Here is some information on Raymarine.
With the rebates of $450..that will put the A57D at $650. with preloaded charts and transducer.
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