from Chocowinity, NC United States
Recently purchased a Garmin GPSMAP 4208 for use as chart plotter and radar (18" 4kw) in the lower helm of our trawler. I like the built in maps, fast drawing speed, good chart integration between plotter and radar, bright display. Not crazy about the unit's heat (it gets quite warm) and magnetic field (they do say 1 meter away from your compass and with this unit, you had better believe it). Creating routes and waypoints is straightforward although I would like to have seen an interface to a laptop included which would, I think, speed up route planning/saving/editing. The NEMA interface works fine with my older auto pilot. The 8" display is plenty big and easily viewable from 5-8' away. Overall, while not the perfect instrument, it is an excellent value...good bang for the buck.
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