Product Reviews: Chartplotters

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The Garmin GPSMAP 7412 Chartplotter

PROs:

  • Supports radar, autopilot, instruments, multiple screens and digital switching
  • Simplified SOS calling allows you to tap a button on the touchscreen
  • Axis and FLIR camera support

CONs:

  • Only compatible with other Garmin products

Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 smartAIS Class B Transponder

PROs:

CONs:

  • Creates its own WiFi network on board
  • Uses an existing VHF antenna
  • Fully waterproof

Bad Elf GPS Pro Bluetooth

PROs:

  • Functions as standalone GPS
  • Free Bad Elf GPS utility app
  • Upgradeable Firmware

CONs:

  • No support for Android

Nobeltec TimeZero Catch

PROs:

  • Instrument connection through NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183, and Furuno NavNet network by Ethernet
  • Supports MM3D Jeppesen, Navionics, or MapMedia charts
  • Free ocean data including Sea Surface Temperature and Altymetry

CONs:

  • Requires 40GB of free hard disk memory

Raymarine a9/a12 MFD

PROs:

  • 10Hz internal GPS and external antenna support
  • Video over IP support for security cameras
  • Built-in Bluetooth for remote control of music

CONs:

  • RMK-9 wired remote and RCU-3 wireless steering remote not included

Garmin Helm and Marine Wi-Fi Adapter Kit

PROs:

  • Record button in the app to save a video of the chartplotter display to your mobile device
  • Power options for 120/240VAC or 12/24VDC
  • Includes 2 Power Over Ethernet (POE) injectors for use with AC or DC

CONs:

  • No Android support

Lowrance Elite-4 HDI Fishfinder/Chartplotter

PROs:

  • Regular fishfinding and downscannning
  • DownScan Overlay technology overlays DownScan Imaging onto Broadband Sounder
  • Multi-Window Display features pre-set page layouts

CONs:

  • No NMEA 2000 support

Standard Horizon CPN700i /CPN1010i Chartplotter

PROs:

  • Supports a XM Weather Receiver
  • USB connection supports a memory stick
  • Pair with iOS devices using free Plan2Nav app

CONs:

  • Tilt, rotate and chart keys requires upgrade of C-Map 4D

Simrad GoFree Wireless Technology

PROs:

  • Multiple mobile devices can view and control the MFD
  • Create custom apps using the open protocol wireless solution
  • Send NMEA 0183 data to apps that support a TCP/IP link

CONs:

  • No technical support for 3rd party WiFi access points
  • GoFree Toolkit (N2K) will not be supported until RTM 3.0 release

Garmin GPSMAP 741

PROs:

  • 60% more processing power than previous generation models
  • 10 Hz Garmin GPS leads to very fluid vessel movement on plotter
  • Three mounting options: ball, flush and flat

CONs:

  • No networking (e.g. radar, sounder etc...) on the 741sx model
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