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bevan
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Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:39 pm
Any input on which platform is the best for the money? Always used Lowrance hds, just wanting to hear some other's opinions on Garmin, Simrad, etc.
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wavescrash
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Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:53 pm
Everything is good nowadays, just depends on what interface you are most comfortable with.  
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Capt.Barbosa
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Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:13 pm
wavescrash wrote:
Everything is good nowadays, just depends on what interface you are most comfortable with.


x 2 I would recommend going to a store that has them all displayed, play with all of them and see which "operating system" you like. I compare Garmin to apple and simrad/lowrance more like android or windows. Like wavescrash said they all have the same capabilities, it is just all about the preferred interface. Also if it is touchscreen make sure it has some type of knob or buttons to control the unit, cause the touchscreen is a PITA while in rough seas or with wet hands.
I'd say the top two are probably Simrad and Garmin. The new raymarine stuff looks pretty nice also.
  
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Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:08 pm
Capt.Barbosa wrote:

I'd say the top two are probably Simrad and Garmin. The new raymarine stuff looks pretty nice also.


The new Furuno stuff is pretty awesome as well. That's the direction I will probably go on my next boat.
  
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Capt.Barbosa
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Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:08 pm
wavescrash wrote:
Capt.Barbosa wrote:

I'd say the top two are probably Simrad and Garmin. The new raymarine stuff looks pretty nice also.


The new Furuno stuff is pretty awesome as well. That's the direction I will probably go on my next boat.


Man you are right, just did a little reading on the new furuno machines. They are pretty damn impressive, and pricing is in line with the new simrad and garmin stuff. I'd like to get my hands on one and see how the processor handles everything. Anyone?
  
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Bharbaugh
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Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:35 pm
Don't forget to do your research on Customer Service after the fact. There is 1 particular manufacturer that I hear has cleaned their act up, but I would go back to triangulating of my compass before I bought another one.
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FrankieB
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Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:12 pm
I love my garmin units !
I have the 74dv
And a handheld
And my iPhone
My garmin vhf is tied into the 74
Lately I added the garmin BlueChart mobile app to my iPhone
What I like - and I didn't know it did this when I bought it- the 74
Has wifi
So my iPhone connects and downloads all my waypoints to it from the 74 through wifi in a second !
Makes it a snap for emailing #s and sharing with folks
The micro sd card can go from my handheld into the 74dv as well
Garmin was super helpful on the phone when I called for assistance on which wires went to which between the 74 dv and my vhf
Overall very pleased - but the long skinny transducer needs a shield
  
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bevan
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Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:20 pm
lots of good opinions here. Thanks!
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Capt.Barbosa
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Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:35 pm
FrankieB wrote:
Makes it a snap for emailing #s and sharing with folks


Who in the heck does this???? lol, jk. Don't let ur friends catch all ur fish.

Most new units will do all that u just described. Atleast i know the simrad evo3 will.
  
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lwr37
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Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:41 am
You can't go wrong with Garmin electronics IMO. User friendly interfaces and the auto settings are the best I've seen if your not a tweaker. I have a complete Garmin package and very happy. I've fished a few other boats with Garmin packages and all of them are happy as well.

The comments above are correct though. Most brands have good products. Each brand has some things it does better. If its possible for you to get on a boat to look at them that would be the way to go but not always possible.

Good luck on your search and if there is anything I can help with let me know.
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twoturnin
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Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:05 am
Am looking at a Garmin 1042xsv on my 24 99 Albie.
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Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:09 pm
I'm running the A series Raymarine stuff.
I have the side scan module HD digital radar and the older S1000 Auto pilot through the Seatalk NG interface. I'm going to upgrade to the Axiom for the 3d with one of my plotters. Like the 76 series Garmin the chirp sounder moudule is built in for 1K without having to buy a module or black box. I'm waiting till they have the Auto Pilot upgrade in the software update out before I purchase. I've gotten so use to AP fishing by myself I don't want to be without it
  
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Capt_John_C
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Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:07 am
I am running the Raymarine A series stuff as well. HD color Digital Radar, Downscan imaging, HD Digital Sonar, Autopilot, Engine interfacing, AIS, and more. Love my Raymarine system.
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twoturnin
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Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:17 pm
settled on a 1242xsv with a B-175CHW transducer-Gxm53 for XM
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