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Old 04-12-2019, 09:46 AM
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Looking for advice on this chart plotter, I have a 22 Triton LTS and go around 10 miles in the gulf regularly and 8-10 times per year around 35 miles out. I don't have any experience with the new plotters and need to upgrade. I chose this one because there is less bezel than others that I compared. Not stuck on this one, just found it more compact but weights more than some other OEM's. Any advice is appreciated. User friendly, clarity etc.
Old 04-12-2019, 12:22 PM
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I am also looking at the Axiom 9 with RV ducer. I have been researching them for a while and finally got a chance to play with them at a boat show and was impressed. Good screen even in daylight, touchscreen was responsive, I like the UI. The Realvision seems to be very detailed and will help with both fishing and anchoring (we will be using it in the Caribbean where we need a good wide view). I'm just not sure how ithe transom mount ducer will work on an inboard boat. But the feature that intrigues me the most is the Drone capability. It may be a gimmick but I saw a demo and it seemed very slick. You can slave a DJI Mavic Pro drone to the unit and it will follow the boat at a fixed altitude and show the camera feed on the Axiom screen. That will be perfect for navigating into unfamiliar coves or for spotting baitfish. When you're done you just tap return to boat and it will fly up slowly so someone can grab it.

I'm looking at a Axiom 9 RV, Raymarine 24C Wifi radar, Ray 73 AIS VHF, and the DJI Mavic Pro.

Unfortunately I missed out on the sale that Defender was having 2 weeks ago, they were giving you a free RV ducer which made it about $400 less. I was still in research mode and now I wish I had bought it.

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Old 04-12-2019, 01:01 PM
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Unfortunately I missed out on the sale that Defender was having 2 weeks ago, they were giving you a free RV ducer which made it about $400 less. I was still in research mode and now I wish I had bought it.

Dave I'm looking at this one for $1650, seems like a good price, here's the link. Thanks for the input, I didn't know about the drone.

https://www.ganderoutdoors.com/rayma...iABEgJzK_D_BwE
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10 months ago I bought a boat which had a 9" Axiom touch screen only. I bought a 7" hybrid screen (about the same physical size as the 9" touch screen) plus the Wi Fi Quantum RADAR. I have been using Garmin for the last 9 years, and find that Garmin is more intuitive and easier for me to use....I do not have the "Real Vision".3 D sonar--but do have down scan and CHIRP. The "Real Vision" looks nice, but I wonder if it is really of value for most of us, who might fish in deeper water. From RayMarine forum:
RealVision 3D sonar imaging is supported in depths up to 300' when using a RealVision Transducer(s).
I have found at at low speeds and calm water I use the touch screens only. But when it gets rough--then I migrate back to the manual controls--buttons, and knob.

The resolution of all the chart plotters and depth finders are all good, as are the radars. This is my first venture into digital RADAR and I like it. (Been using RADAR for 40 years).

The Axiom with LightHouse 3 seems a bit more intuitive than Lighthouse 2. Latest processors are fast. I like the ability to mirror the MFD screens on the I Pad. For example I can have my wife watching RADAR, and I am eyes on the water, with occasional glance to the MFD when running at night or in low visibility.

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has anyone compared the axiom pro 3D to the Simrad Evo3 3D? I'm leaning toward Raymarine because it doesn't require a separate module and I have a pad along my keel so I can get by with the single 3D+chirp transducer (0-5 deg). I'm just curious how the 3D tech compares as I mostly spearfish in 70-120' so I think it will be very handy to have.
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I recently purchased the Axiom 9 RV from the defender sale. I currently have two Garmin 4212's and thought I loved them. My friends 7612 is pretty nice, but after installing this new one, I am convinced that I need to switch to the Axiom 12's when it's time to upgrade.

I bought the 9 to fill a hole left from a stereo upgrade and to be used for a stereo remote/ guage display etc. BUt after using it a bit I love how this operates, even my friend with the 7612 likes this better.

Good luck in your decisions. I know this didn't help much based on how your using this, but it is well worth the bucks. JMO.

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