Check out our pick of the best chartplotters on the market
If money is no stumbling block and you want the most up-to-date kit available, then an integrated system will be the thing for you. These clever devices incorporate a GPS chartplotter, radar and depth instrument within all in one place. All these systems are displayed on a single screen, although you can opt for numerous others to create what is known as a ‘glass bridge’.
Raymarine E-Series and C-Series Widescreen
Raymarine’s new Widescreen versions of the basic C-Series and its more sophisticated E-Series have the benefit of easier-to-read screens and digital radar compatibility. Furthermore, the Widescreen units can be doubled up whereas the ordinary C-Series models are only single-station units. Both series offer plotter, fishfinder, radar, video, instrument and engine data and the E-Series includes an excellent on-screen ‘qwerty’ keypad for naming waypoints.
Screen size options: 9in, 12in and 14in
Prices vary, Raymarine
Furuno NavNet 3D
The Furuno NavNet 3D combines a plotter, fishfinder, radar, video, instrument and engine data into a multi-station system. This latest model uses high-resolution satellite photography to overlay the charts and keeps the controls simple and functional. To keep redraw times to a minimum and create a seamless perusal of the chart, Furuno uses TimeZero technology. This allows the operator to scale up or down in an infinite number of steps rather than being stuck on set ranges.
Screen size options: 8.4in and 12.1in multifunction displays or 15in and 17in displays with a black box processor
Prices vary, NavNet
Simrad Glass Bridge System
This flexible package allows you to create a tailor-made navigation solution whatever your requirements. In addition to radar, weather data and an echosounder, the more recent GB65 model lets you use up to 12 screens for vector charts, photos, radars, navigation information, raster charts, 3D and video inputs.
Screen size options: 12in, 15in or 19in
From £6500, Navico
Raymarine’s G-Series offers the very latest in electronic navigation, including digital radar and wireless remote keyboards. The system provides a central display for navigational data, instrument information, video and on-board cameras, radar, fishfinders and cartography. It comes pre-loaded with worldwide maps from Navionics, showing navigation charts, 3D topography, aerial photographic views of ports, port data and animated tides and currents.
Screen size options: 12in, 15in, 17in and 19in
From £3000, Raymarine
Simrad’s new NSE units have a professional, robust feel to them, and as Simrad is part of the Navico group they can utilise Navico’s super-clear Broadband radar technology. The system combines a plotter, fishfinder, radar, video, instrument and engine data. The NSE range has high processor speeds and the redraw time is barely noticeable, so you are continually finding new angles from which to view your progress.
Screen size options: 8in and 12in
Prices vary, Simrad
Garmin 6000 and 7000 Series
Garmin has upped the ante in the battle of the big electronics companies with the launch of two new ranges. It has taken its current 4000 and 5000 series of plotters and given them dual processors to incorporate Garmin’s G Motion technology, which offers vast improvements in speed, smoothness and clarity when panning and zooming. With blazing-fast map redraw and refresh rates, you’ll have near real-time data to guide you, while both systems allow the addition of sonar, radar and weather features. This is as sophisticated as it gets.
Screen size options: 8in and 12in (6000 series) and 12in and 15in (7000 series)
From £2500, Garmin