Northstar 951x charts

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Where do I go to get basic charts? I remember the easy days of walking into cmap and it was done. So I had a navionics chart come with it for the wrong area. Tried talking to them, they are unsure if the new charts will work for it. I need some upgrade to a 2003 unit. This is just a back up but still. Looking for a chart that covers cape cod.
 

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I think I have one floating around - will check my basement this weekend. Your also welcome to my old 951 for parts....
 

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If you want new, give chris (Wharf Rat) a call at Precision marine. He is ordering one for my 958.
 
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The Northstar 951/952 and 957/958 were in my opinion (and many others) the greatest chartplotters ever built. Shawn, I would certainly take up Larry on his old 951, as those units are bulletproof. If he also finds that chart, jump on it, as the prices on the Navionics Classics skyrocked from $99 dollars 3 years ago to $299 MSRP!! In fairness, the coverage was increased, but it's not like they added blowjobs to the chart cards. We sell them for $265, but it's still more than the Platinum Plus or Gold Charts. And to top it off, they plan on discontinuing production of the Nav-Chart format (Northstars and Furuno style) once stock is depleted of the actual chart cards. I have a 952x that I bought from a customer with the intention of having that as my backup for my boat that still does not exist as of this moment, but the chart card I have, the 674L, is from 2005, and I know from experience that channels and markers change, and off Red Bank in NJ this season was navigating on my friend's boat when we realized the entire channel was marked differently, and this was on a 2009 Navionics Gold Chart. So I'm trying to hustle Navionics to give me some sort of 'trade in' dealer discount on some updated data, but in the meantime, check the data on the chart if Larry does find it. If it's as old as mine, you might want to think about springing for a new chart, especially considering it's your emergency plotter. Just my 2 cents. You can always give me a call with any questions, ask BlueFin, I kept him on the phone for a half hour tonight while we were looking at boat listings. Thanks again Kyle. Awesome Samson, BTW!
 

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I dont know, let me ask you this... If I am going to spend $300 for a chart and this is for my backup, why not get a Garmin 421 for $340 and I think there is a sale at WM.

Just a thought...
 

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Legitimate question, but the honest answer is that the Northstar, even today, is a superior machine to the Garmin 400/500 series. People hoard those machines, and routinely pay $400 and up for software updates. Just a very dependable, easy to use, straight-forward GPS Chartplotter. But, you could always sell that 951 for $400 on eBay, and put it towards a Garmin, or maybe an NSS7 backup. With the rebate, you can get into one for around $850, and even network it to the NSS8 you have. Those Garmin's are ridiculously cheap now with that price drop, and they aren't bad machines, I just prefer the Navionics charts to the Bluechart G2 data. It's really up to your preference.

*PS: The reason for the price drop is because of Garmin's announcement of their new displays at METS in Amsterdam last week. See Panbo's Report here: Garmin's 2013 Lineup
 
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Why did you have to tell me about the simrad rebate!!!! Maybe I will sell my 951...
 

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Sorry Shawn! I thought you knew..

Either way, you'd have to also add some cabling, SimNet and Ethernet, and if you don't have one already, a Network Switch to connect each device. Click the links below to see the diagrams showing what would be needed on both ends if you were to add an NSS7.
Ethernet Diagram
SimNet Diagram

I obviously don't know the exact cable lengths you would need, as I'm not sure where you would be placing each display and switch, but you can adjust accordingly. Let me know if you want to actually go down that path, because the network switch alone is $200. It was just a thought, I didn't mean to get you going. Sorry buddy.
 

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Let me see, you may just have put me down the path... because I could run the NSS7 on the radar only on the overhead... damn u! If I go down that path I will talk with you first on that as you got the idea started...
 

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Just picked up a new card for my 951 . $212.00 at voyager marine. Don't think I would let that unit go so fast. It's a great unit.
 

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Hmm, I know I know...

That NSS7 is a tease in the high 800's!!! LOL

Robert, how long did it take for, is it Jim? at Voyager to get it?
 

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Voyager in Essex ma. Think it took him a few days, but he said he was going to order a few for stock . That was mid summer.
 

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