If you own a boat, having a marine GPS chartplotter is essential for navigating your vessel safely. The technology used in these chartplotters has improved greatly in recent years, and they now make operating your boat a breeze. Let’s take a look at two of the most widely bought GPS Chartplotters – the Garmin echoMAP CHIRP 54cv and the Minn Kota Humminbird 409770-1.
Recommendations for the Best Marine GPS Chartplotters
Garmin echoMAP CHIRP 54cv
This is the one I use on my own personal boat. This device is able to let you know what is in the water around your boat, which means you are less likely to collide with any shallow areas. The device is fitted with high-frequency sonar which gives near-photographic images which offers detailed representations of objects, structure and fish. The Garmin also comes with CHIRP, which is able to send a continuous sweep of frequencies, allowing you to collect a wider range of information. CHIRP sonar is also known to be able to create crisper fish arches with better target separation.
With each unit, there are built-in maps and charts to help you plot your course. There is also clear scanning sonar. This series of chartplotter comes with built-in 500 W CHIRP traditional sonar, as well as CHIRP ClearVü scanning sonar. We loved the updates that the device offered, as it was able to update position and heading 5 times per second to ensure it has the most accurate positioning data.
Minn Kota Humminbird 409770-1
Another device we would recommend is the Minn Kota Humminbird 409770-1 ONIX10ci NT Combo Fishfinder/Chartplotter. We love the Multi-Function Display which comes fitted with a 10.4 inch color LCD screen. The Internal GPS/Chart plotter is able to make use of Humminbird, Navionics, or C-Map charts, depending on which maps you prefer to use. There is also Built-in Dual Beam Sonar, which ensures accurate positioning data is collected. It has High-Speed Ethernet networking allows you to add to your system, and make use of AIS and Radar. For peace of mind, the Minn Kota Hummingbird comes with a one year warranty. If you had any problems with the device, simply send it back to the manufacturers and you will be furnished with a new device.
Have you used the Garmin echoMAP CHIRP 54cv or the Minn Kota Humminbird 409770-1 on your boat? If so, let us know how you found using each device. Is there a better chartplotter device out there for sale at the moment that offers better value for money?