When shopping for a used boat, the last thing we wanted to spend money on is still functioning, but old and out-of-date electronics. I’d rather there be no electronics on the boat than 5 yr old stuff that the seller feels is still worth what he paid for it, but that has really lost most of its value. The Maramu that we just purchased is completely absent of a chart plotter, which in my mind, is perfect. It does have a Furuno radar system which appears to be still functioning. I have next to no experience with radar though so we’ll have to see how that goes.
We really like the Garmin chart plotters.
I created a thread on the ZTC Facebook Page asking readers to post what brand of chart plotter(s) they have on their boat, and their experiences with it(them), positive or negative. At a glance, the Garmin systems are popular, and thought of. That jives with my personal experiences too. I really like the Garmin 546 that we have on ZTC. I found it much easier to use than the Raymarine C80 that was originally on the Leopard, and the C95 that we replaced it with. I also like the Garmin cartography better too.
For our initial trip to Grenada, we’ll be relying upon the Garmin Bluechart Mobile app on our iPad. After that, who knows. Feel free to post your thoughts on chart plotter (and radar) systems. Positive and negative reviews are both appreciated.