The Multitasking Standard Horizon CPV350 Challenges Top-Performing Chartplotters and VHF Radios
A device of many hats, the Standard Horizon CPV350 chartplotter-VHF radio also has sounder, hailer, and fog horn capabilities. So if youíre short on space for mounting gadgets, this highly rated, multi-purpose device may be just the thing.
The CPV350 has a long list of features that go beyond the ability to transmit and receive. It has an integral 30-watt hailer with automatic and manual foghorn capability, sophisticated DSC capabilities with a second receiver for receiving channel 70 digital signals, an easy-to-access menu, and a large rotary knob for channel selection that doubles as a range and zoom tool for the chartplotter. It is WAAS and AIS capable (when coupled with an AIS receiver). Its 7-inch, high-resolution (800-x-480), color display is comparable to that of the Navman Trackfish 6600, Practical Sailor ís Best Choice among tall screen plotter/sounders reviewed in the June 2006 issue. The main drawback we see in the CPV350 is that by having one device that handles multiple duties, system redundancy is lost.