I spent a chunk of my time at the Miami Boat Show checking out the R435 because it introduces two new and significant plotter display features. Both are useful when you are underway and actively plotting. "Autozoom" regularly adjusts to keep you and your next waypoint always in view (and thus will smartly show more area and less detail on an open run, and vice-versa as you approach a mark). The other (shown), called ScreenAmplifier, simply offsets the display so you see more chart ahead. Both really help the R435's bright screen seem bigger than its modest six inches. This plotter also notably uses convenient Compact Flash cards for storage of nav data and the new Navionics Gold charts, which look good and include both tide and current predictions. The interface is a little different from Raymarine's Pathfinder series, but straight forward. $1,100.
Raymarine Phone: (800) 539-5539. www.raymarine.com.
This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.