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Patrick – Laptop with Navigation vs. Chartplotter, on Nov 16, 2014 asked:

I have an older 26 ft. Campion Sport Cruiser and I am researching which chartplotter gives me the best bang for my money. I keep coming back to a hand held GPS (or mounted antenna) in combination with a cheap laptop with navigation software installed. For the cost of one of the new chartplotters I can get a much bigger screen, better resolution, more computing power, a multi-functioning machine that I can replace four or five times before I come close to matching the price of one of the new HD chartplotter/fishfinders that are mentioned in the latest Pacific Yachting issue. Why wouldn't I do this and spend the money saved on a new fishing rod and an electric downrigger?

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Tom – Raymarine ST60 Instrument Covers, on Sep 17, 2014 asked:

Hope things are well with you. Everything has worked perfectly since the installation of our chartplotter/sounder. Very happy. However, in a wind storm two of my sun covers blew away off my Raymarine ST60 instruments. Raymarine does not stock them anymore. So if you happen to be replacing any of those units with some newer electronics and have some sun covers I would be interested in buying a couple. The ST60 Plus is available but unfortunately is a different shape. By the way I enjoy your articles in Pacific Yachting.

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Anne – Marine Cameras, on Jun 16, 2014 asked:

Does PYS sell any equipment that allows us to fish while viewing a screen showing where our boat is heading via a mounted camera? We currently have Garmin electronics.

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John – Chartplotter and Transducer, on Mar 09, 2014 asked:

What makes the Furuno 1870 a good choice for a chartplotter/sounder? Also, what would you recommend for a new in-hull transducer? I understand a through-hull will work better, but my main concern is to see bottom structure at anchoring depths of less than 60 feet.

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Ed, on Dec 02, 2013 asked:

I have a Standard Horizon CP2000 chart plotter on the command bridge and my Furuno Radar at the main helm station. I generally prefer to pilot from the command bridge. What is needed to have the radar image overlaid onto the plotter screen?

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Ken, on Dec 05, 2012 asked:

I have a Standard Horizon CP 175C chartplotter. The mushroom shaped GPS pick up was turned upside down for winter storage outside and was full of rust. Can I buy a generic GPS unit that will work with Standard Horizon? Also, I am looking into a laptop-based system as a backup navigation unit. I would want to hook it to the laptop too. The Standard Horizon GPS seems higher priced than some of the others. What are your thoughts?

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Iain, on Oct 23, 2012 asked:

Which chart plotters accept C-maps?

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Markus, on Jul 16, 2012 asked:

I have a Garmin GPSMap 276C chartplotter on my boat, but I am not able to receive a satellite signal. Do you know what the problem could be?

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Tony, on Sep 28, 2011 asked:

I just read your PY article and wanted to ask about my Garmin 178C GPS Chartplotter. The depth display is blank or shows a very small value (~2 ft) even in deep water and the speed is sometimes off as well. Is this something that can be repaired?

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Mark, on Sep 21, 2011 asked:

I recently had an AIS transceiver added to my existing Raymarine C Series chartplotter on my boat. I noticed that the little AIS icon at the top right of the screen has changed to a Red "X", even though the AIS seems to be working fine. What does the "X" mean?

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