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north coast
03-13-2010, 05:19 AM
Allright guys,I've been a loran-C guy for 30 years. As we all know, that recently came to an abrupt end. (Thanks again Obama)I really loved and miss my loran! So, I recently bought a furuno GP32. I've been screwing around with it a few times now and find this to be one of the most UN user friendly pieces of hardwear I've ever seen. I'm really uncertain if I'll be fishing soon If I have to count on this thing.This is REALLY hard to use.(for me anyway) I'm tempted to uninstall this unit and go with something much easier to use.
So, My question is:What is the MOST user friendly unit out there? I'm not a genius when it comes to electronics. I need something REALLY easy to use. what do you guys recommend?


SageBoy
03-13-2010, 05:34 AM
Generally speaking most Garmin units are user friendly. To say what model for you is hard to say. Not sure what your needs are but there are plenty of models to choose from.

Ethan
03-13-2010, 05:35 AM
X2 Garmin.


north coast
03-13-2010, 05:40 AM
Generally speaking most Garmin units are user friendly. To say what model for you is hard to say. Not sure what your needs are but there are plenty of models to choose from.


Thanks sage, My needs Will probably be near the same as yours,(Seeing where you're from.) Simple is good for me ,I need to get to stellwagen, Maybe peaked hill, various inshore humps,and home in the fog. that's about it.:)

north coast
03-13-2010, 05:47 AM
X2 Garmin.

Hi Ethan, Which Garmin would you suggest?
And, if I get one ,Will you stop by and give me as few pointers?:grin::rofl:

Hey, I am building a few real High end rods for tuna. one of them for a guy I think you know. Scott? Parker? NH? He said he knows you.

Have you been out yet this year?

Ethan
03-13-2010, 08:09 AM
If you like, you can just come down to the boat at Pickering Wharf anytime. I'd be glad to help you get familiar with the Garmin user interface. How bout today or tomorrow?

Sportfisher236
03-13-2010, 08:13 AM
Garmin is the easiest to learn. And most all Garmin models work pretty much the same way.

abbor
03-13-2010, 09:04 AM
Here is a test of plotter user interfaces, and the winner is NOT Garmin

Mad Mariner Test of User Interfaces (http://madmariner.com/equipment/electronics/story/CHARTPLOTTER_COMPARISSON_FOR_BOATS_111609_EE)

north coast
03-13-2010, 02:38 PM
Here is a test of plotter user interfaces, and the winner is NOT Garmin

Mad Mariner Test of User Interfaces (http://madmariner.com/equipment/electronics/story/CHARTPLOTTER_COMPARISSON_FOR_BOATS_111609_EE)


I'd like to read this ,but the page is cut in half with no way to scroll to the right half.:banghead:

boatmanalso
03-13-2010, 02:40 PM
Standard Horizon cp500 is the upgraded cp1000 which is Soooooooooooo easy to use.:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

HONDAM
03-13-2010, 03:12 PM
Here is a test of plotter user interfaces, and the winner is NOT Garmin

Mad Mariner Test of User Interfaces (http://madmariner.com/equipment/electronics/story/CHARTPLOTTER_COMPARISSON_FOR_BOATS_111609_EE)

I dont mean to take anything away from that article but most of the poeple i talk to the Lowrance is one of the hardest units to use and definately not the easiest like the article suggests.

You cant go wrong with the Garmin GPS units, they are great units.

pastaman1234
03-13-2010, 03:44 PM
Here is a test of plotter user interfaces, and the winner is NOT Garmin

Mad Mariner Test of User Interfaces (http://madmariner.com/equipment/electronics/story/CHARTPLOTTER_COMPARISSON_FOR_BOATS_111609_EE)

I didnt open the link but let me guess which one it is........um........ummm
.............ummmmmm............ummmmmmmm

Oh i know.........LOWRANCE?????

If it was a different manufacturer would you still have posted the link???

number9
03-13-2010, 04:00 PM
The only ones I've ever tried and that was just recently were Navman/Northstar and Lowrance. Found both to be extremely easy to use programs.
;cool; beans...

Ethan
03-13-2010, 04:12 PM
No wonder your having trouble with the Furuno GP 32, it's not a chartplotter. It's a GPS receiver only.
What were all runnning here is light years ahead of just a simple receiver.
I have a Garmin chartplotter for you that runs on batteries too, you can borrow it till you buy one.
Call me tomorrow, I'll bring it over.

Birdman
03-13-2010, 10:16 PM
Here is a test of plotter user interfaces, and the winner is NOT Garmin

Mad Mariner Test of User Interfaces (http://madmariner.com/equipment/electronics/story/CHARTPLOTTER_COMPARISSON_FOR_BOATS_111609_EE)

:rofl:

THAT is one of the FUNNIEST things I've read in quite a while!!! Thank you VERY much, I've been sick for a few days, and needed something to lift my spirits, really, thanks!!

North coast,
Get yourself any one of the Garmin plotters, and it will take you all of 5 minutes to master 90% of the features on it. The other 10% you'll learn on the way out on your 1st trip. If you go all the way, and get a touchscreen unit, you already know how to operate it. ;) Yes, it's that easy.

abbor
03-14-2010, 05:56 AM
I didnt open the link but let me guess which one it is........um........ummm
.............ummmmmm............ummmmmmmm

Oh i know.........LOWRANCE?????

If it was a different manufacturer would you still have posted the link???

Not if it was Humminbird winning:rofl::rofl::rofl:

I'm actually using a Raymarine E80 as plotter and radar screen in my boat and I find the unit extremely logical and simple to use. I also have a HDS-5 in the same boat, and I was very surprised they found the Lowrance simpler to use than Raymarine.

Maybe the Raymarine interface is what is often refereed to as designed by engineers for engineers. Since I'm an EE I'm probably used to following a similar type of logic as the embedded systems engineers designing the Raymarine interface.

pastaman1234
03-14-2010, 07:20 AM
Not if it was Humminbird winning:rofl::rofl::rofl:

I'm actually using a Raymarine E80 as plotter and radar screen in my boat and I find the unit extremely logical and simple to use. I also have a HDS-5 in the same boat, and I was very surprised they found the Lowrance simpler to use than Raymarine.

Maybe the Raymarine interface is what is often refereed to as designed by engineers for engineers. Since I'm an EE I'm probably used to following a similar type of logic as the embedded systems engineers designing the Raymarine interface.

:thumbsup:

Yea i know.....I have an uncle that has (2) C-80's on his boat and while i use them fine i find that they were the hardest to learn quickly out of the box. Garmin, HB and Lowrance seemed much easier to use right off the batt IMO.

caltexflanc
03-14-2010, 08:25 AM
Note that the Furuno GP 32 is NOT a chart plotter. So his problems are not necessarily a "Furuno thing". So what we are recommending here is going from a straight GPS unit to a plotter, and spending some money to do so. I don't remotely see how a GP 32 is harder to use than a Loran, but ergonomics are a pretty personal issue.

As for Loran, its funny how everyone is against government spending for things that benefit only a few people, up to the point you are one of those few people!

TTaxi
03-15-2010, 12:41 AM
For basic color chartplotter, IMO the most user-friendly one ever made was probabaly the Northstar 952XW. Discontinued years ago in favor of newer, pricier multifunction models but still frequently available used.

north coast
03-15-2010, 06:26 AM
Note that the Furuno GP 32 is NOT a chart plotter. So his problems are not necessarily a "Furuno thing". So what we are recommending here is going from a straight GPS unit to a plotter, and spending some money to do so. I don't remotely see how a GP 32 is harder to use than a Loran, but ergonomics are a pretty personal issue.

As for Loran, its funny how everyone is against government spending for things that benefit only a few people, up to the point you are one of those few people!

Thanks for the responses,I'm still up in the air on what to do here. I think I'm going to go play with a few units at an electronics place.I've been getting beat over the head for years, from buddys, to get a chartplotter. maybe it's time to bite the bullet.
My loran had a keypad with numbers.Enter a number ,new or saved ,enter go(R+) and move the cursor to steering. off you go. this gps requires you to Enter numbers by scrolling:roll then hitting enter several times(I guess) then I'm not quite sure what from there, I haven't figured it out yet:o:rofl: Harder to use.

I think you would be surprised how many people were still using loran-C.
I know a lot of commercial guys and charter capts.Many of the guys,(that just I know) were still using it. I Imagine If I,alone, know several . There were many thousands more. Guys I know are still using td's even though they are on a GPS L+L system. Most of my buddys give me numbers in the "13 and 44 lines.(which are TD's, not L+L) Even though they are using GPS
I think it's an old/long timer thing.;?



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