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Old 11-20-2019, 11:21 AM
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Looking at a possible build, which brand and why?: reliability, integration, support, pro's and con's etc. I fish inshore and offshore, but no pelagic fishing ( fish in SWFL ). Need sidescan. I know there are fanboys of both and will likely get some entertaining responses, have at it.
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Lowrance/Simrad sidescan is a lot better than Garmins
Old 11-20-2019, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by UncleLuke View Post
Lowrance/Simrad sidescan is a lot better than Garmins
I don’t know which ducer you speaking about but my gt51 is way better than what I had with Lowrance. The only reason I would go to simrad is for Cmor mapping. I may have a Simrad next to a Garmin in my boat in the future.

I also really like having Active Captain on my phone. I have access to all my numbers and can even add numbers sitting in the house. If a friend wants a number I can just pull it up on my phone.
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I’m having simrads being installed on my boat being built now... most my Budd’s use Garmin on theirs.
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Reliability - Garmin
Intiegration - Garmin: Plug nmea 2000 engine interface and it's practically automatic. Simple, set it up in 2 minutes. Plug one into a Simrad, or Lawrance... good luck. Go thru pages and pages of bullsh!t. Very frustrating.
Support - Garmin: Never had a bad exprience with Garmin Customer Service. With Navico, sit on hold for 30 - 45. Explain problem, get transferred, explain all over again... fun.
Garmin - easy to use, simple and intuitive.
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Garmin. I replaced Garmin/Furuno with Simrad, I regretted it. Simrad brutal from my experience. Units (3) would turn off unexpectedly. The support sucked. Would not recommend from my experience. Note- I'm a marlin fisherman.
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One thing about Garmin is that they lock you into their maps. Can't run any non-Garmin maps on their chartplotters, none at all.
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Their are loyal fans of both manufactures products. In general, I would say Garmin is the Apple of marine electronics, in that Garmin products are generally more intuitive than Simrad, or others. I would say, again in general, the most important consideration when selecting marine electronics is the who sells which brand and can supply service in one's specific area. The second level of determination, in my opinion is cost.

In my personal case when I bought my new boat in 2015 and planned doing the procurement and installation myself, I selected the manufacture who I evaluated as to providing the most elegant solution. Elegant being defined as simplest and easiest to install and use. I selected Garmin components with NEMA 2000 plug and play connectivity. This included the VHF set, even though, on a performance level preferred ICOM or Standard Horizon for VHF sets. I did not want to have any difficulty with GPS VHF interface between the chartplotter and the VHF handset.

Go to a marine electronics store or a West Marine location and play with the various manufactures products and see what you prefer. Bottom-line, should the doo-doo hit the fan you do not want to have to figure out how the damn thing works.
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I am a Garmin fan, I have had Garmin in my airplanes since 2000 or so and have never had any issues. I put Garmin in my Pathfinder that I am trading and the new boat has Garmin. I have never had an issue with them, but don't have anything bad to say about the other choices.
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Originally Posted by Drako View Post
One thing about Garmin is that they lock you into their maps. Can't run any non-Garmin maps on their chartplotters, none at all.

Except these: https://www.standardmap.com/blank
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The only complaint I have with Garmin is the speed at which the chart updates my position. It is so slow that this off-season I will be adding a heading sensor to hopefully fix the issue. I hate having to spend the $150 on the sensor but the units work so well otherwise it will be worth it (7607xsv and 7608xsv).
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if you want any other kind of chart. The Navico products are your choice. But you deal with NAVICO support. If you want a reliable simple to use product you buy a Garmin. Gamin has the best support in the industry in my opinion. Garmin recently bought NAVIONICS so there charting has improved.
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Simrad for me!. I have worked with Navico before and they were great to work with. The maps on my Simrad are better, all boat and motor functions are easy to link .. . My opinion now and not knocking Garmin ..
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our last boat had a garmin 741xs, that was very good.
New boat (june) we got a Simrad Go 12. And have been impressed.
Besides just being bigger, i 'see' more detail.
Simrad does something with their screens, easy to see in sunlight and with sunglasses on.
Glad I went with it
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I had the latest & greatest simrad put on in 2015 evo2, 4g, BSM3, & (2) RS-35. I had no problem figuring out how to run it, so intuitive enough.
BSM3 worked for a few weeks...Replaced under warantee. but was without for a tournament.
3 years later...one day I had radar, the next not. My service guy said they had been having so water intrusion issues...but sadly not mine they said. Offered a replacement at a discount.
4 yrs later one of the RS-35's speaker stopped working, the hand set speaker worked though, and the speaker would beep loud and clear while in setup mode...I paid full price to fix that.

All in all the system performed pretty well day to day, it got from point A to B no problem, I caught fish, but the BSM3 was just ok.
I am very disappointed that after all the money I spent, things broke down way more than I thought reasonable. And yes Simrad's cust service were not the friendliest!

My mantra used to be go with what your tech likes the most. Next upgrade I might keep the EVO2 for navigation radar & backup, but I will be looking at what Furuno and Raymarine has out for day to day use.
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Garmin= it thinks like you think.

simrad = you have to scratch you’re elbow to scratch your back

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Don’t you basically have to go with Simrad if you have Mercs? The communication between them has always been excellent.
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Originally Posted by jdps150 View Post
our last boat had a garmin 741xs, that was very good.
New boat (june) we got a Simrad Go 12. And have been impressed.
Besides just being bigger, i 'see' more detail.
Simrad does something with their screens, easy to see in sunlight and with sunglasses on.
Glad I went with it
You are comparing a 7" vs a 12" screen.
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Originally Posted by waheero71 View Post
You are comparing a 7" vs a 12" screen.
yes, but the clarity is nite & day. Especially w/ sunglasses.
The polarization of the Garmin, w. sunglasses I would have to tilt my head to see the screen. not with the Simrad, I thought it might be the orientation of the lens, but I can't get it to 'black out'
without sunglasses, I would need to fairly straight on. Simrad can view screen at an acute angle.
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Originally Posted by jdps150 View Post
yes, but the clarity is nite & day. Especially w/ sunglasses.
The polarization of the Garmin, w. sunglasses I would have to tilt my head to see the screen. not with the Simrad, I thought it might be the orientation of the lens, but I can't get it to 'black out'
without sunglasses, I would need to fairly straight on. Simrad can view screen at an acute angle.
I've never had that problem on my garmin devices. Im currently running a 742xs and have had 542 and 492 before that. I wear Costa's and Maui Jim's and never had ro tilt my head to see the screen.

I wonder if there is something with your particular unit.

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