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Old 12-25-2009, 08:03 PM   #1
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I have only used a gps on a friends boat I dont have any expereance with a chartplotter.my ? is if you have a chartplotter for instance (raymarine A70) would a gps still be nesisary? I mainly plan on bottom fishing and trolling edge and nipple. I saw on raymarine site they have a raystar gps sensor is this a must have addition to the A70D. I guess Iam confused on the roll a chartplotter plays in conjuntion or stand alone to strait gps .
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:01 PM   #2
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Chartploters have the gps build in, the gps alone just gives your coordinates where as the chartploter shows you where you are in relation to your gps location or allows you to plot a course, see where you have been, and view a way points location on the map. The gps alone would only give you direction to said location. You still need the gps antenna, be it built in or external as most of the larger units have. The raystar 125 is just the antenna for the A70.
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Old 12-25-2009, 10:37 PM   #3
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1st I say screw Raymarine.



Go Garmin. The chartplotter shows you as a little boat on a map according to the position that your at.



Garmin is MUCH more "User" friendly.



I now own 4 Garmin units.












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Old 12-25-2009, 11:03 PM   #4
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I have a Garmin 188c sounder/plotter with an external antenna, and it is right on, all the time. You can even use the old "track lines" to navigate if the fog sets in unexpectedly. I launch at Navy Point and have never had any deviation on my tracks at any time. Being a combo unit, it saves a lot of space on the dash too. - Ric
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+1 on the Garmin....I have the Garmin 182C gps and a combo HDS 5 Isoley useas a sounder and a redundant gpsif needed..I like being able to locate my spots with 2 full screens a blazing asI need all the help I can get.lol

as for fog, you can depend on the track but not the obstacles that have found there way in the track while you were away....only radar will help avoid collisions with other vessels but floating debris isanothermatter to be concerned with...

Good luck with your gps/sounder needs!

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