Check out our pick of the best chartplotters on the market
For a stand-alone device you will need a sunlight viewable colour screen, with simple-to-use menus and – of course – some decently drawn maps. Here’s our pick of the best…
GPSmap 400 or 500 Series
The Garmin name is synonymous with GPS so you won’t go far wrong with a plotter or combined plotter/fishfinder from either the GPSmap 400 or 500 Series. Try the GPSMAP 556 which comes with preloaded marine charts for the UK and Ireland.
From £600, Garmin
The new Raymarine A-Series has all the intuitive functions of the E-Series along with Navionic’s cartography and high-resolution screens in three sizes – 5in, 5.7in and 6.4in. Any model with a D suffix also utilise HD digital fishfinding technology.
From £700, Raymarine
Lowrance HDS is a new range of plotters and fishfinders from marine electronics developer Navico. Available in eight models with screens from 5in to 10in, the fishfinder versions use the exclusive broadband sounder technology, which matches exceptionally low power with efficient long pulses for even greater sonar sensitivity.
From £600, Lowrance
AdvanSea is the new name for the Navman brand and offers a range of products made by Navimo. Three versions will be available, one of which is a combination plotter/fishfinder that will be launched at next year’s London Boat Show. Interesting features include a snapshot function to allow JPEG images to be saved from the screen to an SD card, and a quick-release mounting bracket
Standard Horizon CP180i
Compatible with C-MAP NT+ and MAX charts, the Standard Horizon CP180i is water resistant and the LCD colour display copes well with direct sunlight. It also comes with dedicated mark and route keys that allows for routing right on the chart page and the creation of a single waypoint. An optional fishfinder is available and considering the price it is hard to beat this little plotter.
From £300, Standard Horizon