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Old 10-19-2006, 02:51 PM
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Don't exactly know how to search for this...

Was wondering if I could get some intro to the Marine Electronics world. I know what a Sounder is, GPS/Nav/Chartplotter etc.

What I don't know is how all these work together and ...
Not to get in a "Battle of the Brands" but what do some manufacturers feature exclusively that others don't etc.

Or, are the features pretty much the same across brands?

Do you know of a site that I can read that goes over all the details of a good Sounder/Chartplotter system. What's better/What's budget?

'preciate it!

Old 10-19-2006, 07:26 PM
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I think you found it. Look at the blue task bar upper left.

Dream up queries and use the SEARCH button. You can compare just about anything and discover pages of talk about various pieces of equipment and their attributes.
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Lowrance has a couple of good tutorials on sonar and GPS.

They also have some amazing product emulators that are free to download that look and operate exactly like the real thing, even the standard built in mapping of the entire US and local waters. You use the mouse cursor to press the buttons instead of your fingers.

As an example, the LMS 337C DF:

Download the emulator and the product manual, which has over 200 pages of information on how to use it. After about two weeks of practice you will know how to operate most GPS/Fishfinder combos.
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One of the first decisions to make is what "type" of system will best fit your needs. Single station or multi-station? If single station, do you want a combo plotter/sounder unit, or if space allows- separate plotter and sounder?
I'm one that likes redundancy as well as the extra space afforded by multiple displays. Do you plan on adding radar capability?

Most brands can be interfaced via NMEA 0183 or NMEA 2000, check to be sure each unit is compatible.
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Along with the helpful info you will get on this thread, you may want to post this over on By Owners Electronics(BOE)THT forum. It's Jim's business and he is really up to speed on the latest and greatest marine electronics. Plus his prices and service are really tough to beat [img]../images/emoticons/thumbsup.gif[/img]

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Get a copy of Consumer Marine Electronic's Catalog. It shows all major mfgs & what they have to offer. Great resource when trying to decide b/t mfg's.

Check with board vendors like BOE when you are ready to buy

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agreed..... BOE is the hot spot with great peole backing the phones...

Personal opin is Garmin and Raymarine - due to EZ user interface and good customer tech hot line contacts...

garmin actually answers their emails within 24 hrs!

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I can't really offer anything other then what's already been said other than don't be in a hurry. Once you start into it you'll find your head swimming with choices, especially when budgets get involved.

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