No matter where you plan to take your boat, a chartplotter is a must-have piece of equipment. While there are still a few people out there who will try to convince you that you don’t need one, the safety and convenience they provide make them well worth the investment – which is why I’ve listed options here for the best plotter for yachting for you to choose from.

There are three main producers of the best chartplotters for yachts: B&G, Simrad, and Garmin. If you’ve spent any time shopping for marine equipment, you’ve probably noticed these are leading names in the market. All three brands offer some great plotters, so we’ll be diving into a few different devices from each one.

Before you go on, though, remember to take note of which ones come bundled with a transducer and which ones don’t. All chartplotters rely on a range of sensors and other equipment for input, so to get the most out of your chartplotter, you’ll want to make sure you have all the other equipment it needs to function correctly.

Choose the best plotter for yachting

1. Garmin GPSMAP 78S

This plotter might look small and unassuming, but it packs a lot of features. The essentials are all there: a full-color world map with shaded relief and a fast,