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Old 02-13-2012, 08:24 AM
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I am needing to purchase a small gps/depth finder for my Formula 292. I have the g2 vision card for my marine area that I will boat and I have the inland lakes and water way card for my inland cruising. The big question is should I get the 421s and save a few $$ and just install the corresponding map chip or does reading off the chip bog down the system. I know that on my 4212 the g2 card slows it down but it may just be my settings on how much data I want on the screesn.

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I am needing to purchase a small gps/depth finder for my Formula 292. I have the g2 vision card for my marine area that I will boat and I have the inland lakes and water way card for my inland cruising. The big question is should I get the 421s and save a few $$ and just install the corresponding map chip or does reading off the chip bog down the system. I know that on my 4212 the g2 card slows it down but it may just be my settings on how much data I want on the screesn.

Thanks for your info.

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I'm going to bump this thread, as I have the same exact question. I want to get a GPS for my 17 footer and I'm torn between the 441 & the 421.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:56 AM
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Originally Posted by rhysleo View Post
I'm going to bump this thread, as I have the same exact question. I want to get a GPS for my 17 footer and I'm torn between the 441 & the 421.
Regardless of the hardware, there's really no point in not going for the preloaded cartography. Without it, you'd need to spend at least another $150 or so just to get the same data on an SD card -- which winds up being at least as expensive (probably more so) as buying it preloaded. And on top of that, you would effectively lose access to your SD Card slot, because the chart card would need to be loaded at all times.

While I'm here, can I beat the drum for your stepping up to at least the 541s, if not the 546s? There is a whale of a difference in the screens on these models, which in turn makes a big difference in overall usability.



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Old 01-30-2013, 08:56 AM
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I wear trifocal glasses. I spent some time at the helm of a large boat with a small, 400-series screen, but I was used to my 545. I found the smaller screen acceptable, but I missed my 545. My other Cat has a 4208 at the Nav station and a 3010C at the helm. NOTHING BEATS BIGGER.

So if you have the space and the cash, buy big. If you don't, you can get there and back safely with a 4" screen. In fact, some long distance sailors have the smaller screen to save a few milliamps.
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I recently upgraded from a Garmin 76 handheld (1.6-inch screen) mounted at the helm to a Garmin 536s with a 5-inch screen. Obviously the screen size and the amount of information displayed increased quite a lot. The ease of reading the 5-inch screen with these 60-year old eyes makes a huge difference in being able to quickly see where you are on a chart. I looked extensively at 4-inch and 5-inchdisplays and even reproduced the same chart at the two different sizes and viewed them at the same distance as I would be reading them from the helm. The ability to read a 5-inch unit is much better than a 4-inch unit and well worth the extra cost. I would also get the higher resolution model with twice the number of pixels; a Garmin XX6 rather than the Garmin XX1 because ease of reading.
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