I'm upgrading my GPS Chartplotter in the next couple of weeks. I'm looking at the Garmin line-up (2206, 2210, 3206, 3210) and the Standard Horizon CP1000C.
I have a 28' bowpicker and the display is mounted from the ceiling about 2.5 feet in front of my face. I have a seperate radar / sounder, but may eventually combine the GPS unit with a sounder for the simple reason of having a color sounder vs. the black LCD I currently have.
My first question for the rest of you boaters, is whether you feel that the 10.4 inch display on the bigger Garmins or the Standard Horizon is too big for a smaller boat. Right now, the boat has a Northstar w/ 5" display. Seems ok, but I want to expand my options a little with a newer unit.
Second question is whether you prefer the C-Map chart software versus the bluechart and built-in Garmin maps. Any pro's or con's would certainly be appreciated.
Lastly, I haven't used the Standard Horizon so I'm not familiar with all of it's features, but I'm curious if anyone has one and whether they can tell me if the GPS will read a cross track error (XTE) while running routes. Ie... can it tell me in feet / nm's how far "off course" I am.
Kind of an important issue if we start commercial fishing where line boundary's are.