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5in. All in one chart plotter + AIS receiver for less than £500!

SC500_00The Digital Yacht SC500A GPS Chart Plotter with built in AIS Receiver is really the sort of thing that the ill fated Raymarine RC400 could have evolved into.

To be fair I have used the RC400 mounted at the helm of my 32ft yacht, and despite all its faults and initial hiccups in getting it to work at all I must say that it has withstood both hell and high water and worked very well for the past 4 years. The trouble is that it doesn’t link to anything and connecting it to PC based chart plotting/planning software is useless- er, yes I do know about RNS…!

So the Digital Yacht range of 5” colour chart plotters caught my eye especially when you see some of the sophisticated things it can do.

Firstly it is a modern device unlike my poor old RC400 and benefits from all the technical hardware innovations of the past 5 years – for example there is an ultra bright display with 256 colours and a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels.

The unit also uses the C-Map cartography which means that you get all of the following features…

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C-Map 4D - are they joking?!

Jeppesen Marine has launched their new C-MAP 4D product in Asia, and it is pre-loaded into the Raymarine E Wide Hybridtouch series! This is really interesting in itself since you have had to use Navionics charts if your want Raymarine electronics up to now. By the way the E Wide series is touchscreen but retains the buttons – which I think are easier to use when underway – unlike the Garmin GPSMap 5012 which has touchscreen only.

What Jeppesen say is that “time” is the 4th dimension, but what they mean is that they will update the chart data “continuously”, ahem , actually content is updated “at least” twice per year, and in some regions three times per year. This is not exactly continuously but to be fair it is more often than any one would actually update their charts normally. So 4D…well its sounds at least one better than 3D doesn’t it? – I just hope it isn’t the same as the fee paying annual service they launched called Quick Sync

So what can you expect of C-Map 4D. Well its the pretty much the same as the Navionics Platinum+, and the BlueChartg2 Vision. All offer full 3D charts, satellite image overlay, port and harbour aerial photography and detailed port information.


C-Map 4D


Navionic Platinum Plus

Bluechart g2

BlueChart g2 Vision

But C-Map make the following additional claims for their 4D software:

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