The 10 Best Marine Chartplotters

This review has been updated 23 times since it was first published in October of 2016. For avid boaters, a marine chartplotter is a critical navigation tool for unfamiliar territories. Available for different budgets and useful for those in a wide variety of vessels, these devices can be used to chart a complex course across a lake at night, identify underwater structures for scuba diving, find shoals of fish, map out intricate coastline details, and help you avoid running aground. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the review.

Editor's Choices
Top 10 Marine Chartplotters

10. Lowrance Hook-7

  • Includes transducer and power cables
  • Optional high-def chart upgrades
  • Does not come with a cover

9. Lifetime 10 Foot Manta

  • Sd card slot for saving waypoints
  • Convenient gimbal mounting system
  • Setup can be a bit confusing

8. Lowrance Elite-5 Ti

  • Can record your sonar history
  • Helpful shallow water alarm
  • No side imaging capabilities

7. Garmin 44cv

  • Bright enough to see in full sun
  • Compact and highly portable design
  • Utilizes chirp sonar technology

6. Garmin Striker 7sv

  • Measures boat speed
  • Setup is quick and simple
  • Useful smartphone app

5. Simrad Go7 XSE

  • Can be flush or bracket mounted
  • Intuitive touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity

4. Garmin 53cv

  • Rapid gps position updates
  • Crisp object representations
  • Comes with a protective cover

3. Raymarine Dragonfly Pro

  • Will not fog up in the rain
  • Tracks depths to 600 feet
  • Menus are fast and responsive

2. Garmin 1040xs

  • Compatible with auto-pilot systems
  • Measures wind angle
  • Displays bottom contours accurately

1. Lowrance HDS-9 Live

  • Impressive image clarity
  • Available in 4 screen sizes
  • Powerful dual-core processor

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