The first chart plotter, 1985 & Italian

... written for Panbo by Ben Ellison and posted on Dec 30, 2005


C-Map owns this ‘historic’ machine, which is supposedly the first chart plotter (bigger here) ever sold in the U.S. That was around 1985, when Navionics founders Giuseppe Carnevali and Fosco Bianchetti developed the first crude vector charts and this Datamarine-labeled plotter to show them. (Bianchetti soon went off to found C-Map). Wasn’t it about 5 years later that the first PC charting program came out? At any rate, we’ve come a hell of long ways in 20 years, and Carnevali and Bianchetti—who still run their companies—deserve some of the credit.

Now, would anyone care to predict what marine electronics will look like in another 20 years? 10? 5? With that, I wish you all a wonderful new year.


I have a datamarine chart link in good working order and like sell it.1 631 205 9560

Posted by: tom at October 3, 2013 4:06 PM | Reply

Hi, I'm writing from Italy
I inherited this machine without instructions on connecting the antenna and without antenna. Do you have some information about it?

Posted by: Giampietro Giudice at February 13, 2014 5:00 AM | Reply

how much are one of these worth

Posted by: Alexander DeFilippi at April 3, 2014 1:26 PM | Reply

Tom please call Fusion at 866-870-8015

Posted by: Anonymous in reply to tom at February 3, 2017 11:03 AM | Reply

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