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    Default Garmin 451- any good?

    Looking at getting a Garmin 451 plotter, for reasons of space and budget. It has free charts preloaded covering the UK and Ireland, and I'm wondering if they are actually any good?
    The other option would be the SH180 with the deal on a C-Map card which would cost a bit mroe and probably take up too much bulkhead space.

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    Rob, we have the slightly larger 5 series. Superb bits of kit, and easy to connect AIS to it if you want. Menu easy to find your way around. Automatically dims for night time use which I only realised when it suddenly got brighter as dawn approached.

    We have added the Vision 2 chart but it wasn't really essential as the standard chart shows down to our pontoon level anyway.

    One of my better purchases.

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    we have one also basicaly happy with worth a bit xtra to get the s version
    so you can fit a depth trans' unit for 50

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    in the end its all down to how much your willing to spend.me personally also have the 5 series which is 1" larger screen which as my eyes are not the best a little easier to view.mines in an open bowrider and viewable in direct sunlight and not afraid to wash it down with the hosepipe at the end of the day.as previously stated the s version can have sonar connected either via transom mount about 50 or the thru hull mount 80 which i fitted and whatever you choose you'll be happy.i know its a big investment but worth every penny.g2 vision charts can be added too so if you go elsewhere in the world you can get quality chartwork there too.

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    PM me, I have one in my garage fitted last year by previous owner and replaced with SH 300.
    Beneteau First 31.7 owners Site http://www.beneteaufirst317.webs.com/

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    I find the 5 series excellent for pilotage but not so good for passage planning.

    Yoda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robwhelton View Post
    Looking at getting a Garmin 451 plotter, for reasons of space and budget. It has free charts preloaded covering the UK and Ireland, and I'm wondering if they are actually any good?
    The other option would be the SH180 with the deal on a C-Map card which would cost a bit mroe and probably take up too much bulkhead space.
    Brilliant piece of kit.

    - W

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    Quote Originally Posted by yoda View Post
    I find the 5 series excellent for pilotage but not so good for passage planning.

    Yoda
    Who would ever use a plotter for passage planning?

    - W

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