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Old 09-12-2019, 05:00 PM
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Default Are 3 year old electronics really the best bang for your buck?!

Ive been researching electronics and came to the conclusion that the Simrad G09 XSE appears to be the best bang for your buck. That full package with radar and transducer for around $2,300 seems like a good deal.

But then I realized the G09 XSE came out in 2016. So my question is, is that really the best bang for your buck technology wise?
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:12 PM
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Most of those packages have the Totalscan transducer....the newer units have the 3 in 1 Active imaging ..a much better transducer.
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:25 PM
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Buy what you can afford and serves your purpose. Chasing technology will cost you a small fortune. There’s always next years latest and greatest.
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by mikee332 View Post
Buy what you can afford and serves your purpose. Chasing technology will cost you a small fortune. Thereís always next years latest and greatest.
yes I agree with that, but I donít want to upgrade yearly. Iím not familiar enough with marine electronics to know how long they are good for. Id like something that will last for quite some time.
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Originally Posted by mikee332 View Post
Buy what you can afford and serves your purpose. Chasing technology will cost you a small fortune. Thereís always next years latest and greatest.
We're going to see this pretty soon with black Friday coming up!
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by MuleyBuckFever View Post


yes I agree with that, but I donít want to upgrade yearly. Iím not familiar enough with marine electronics to know how long they are good for. Id like something that will last for quite some time.
They donít necessarily go bad, just obsolete as new features are added to the newer models. If you can live with the features on the above unit compared to a newer one, and you think itís a good deal, then it should afford you years of service.
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Originally Posted by mrcllusb View Post
We're going to see this pretty soon with black Friday coming up!
assuming good electronic deals go on sale for Black Friday?
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But some of the newest features are frivolous just so they can say "look at the new features". Really, how many people need to fly a drone via their boat's MFD? There'll be a few who just got to have that, but not me.

My electronics are at least 7 years old (came with the boat when I bought it). I get something new when they stop working (if I don't sell the boat before that).
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But some of the newest features are frivolous just so they can say "look at the new features". Really, how many people need to fly a drone via their boat's MFD? There'll be a few who just got to have that, but not me.

My electronics are at least 7 years old (came with the boat when I bought it). I get something new when they stop working (if I don't sell the boat before that).
agreed. I have no need for that. Personally Iíd like 2 screens but I have an iPad so Iíd like to get a setup where I have a main screen and then use my iPad on a mount for the 2nd screen. I do like Navionics chart plotter on my ipad but everywhere Iíve read has said do not use only an iPad. Iíd like radar, depth finder, fish finder, and I like side scan too. If you have any recommendations to look at that would be great.
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Originally Posted by mrcllusb View Post
We're going to see this pretty soon with black Friday coming up!
Do they normally go on sale?
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The GO series is the latest mid range series from Simrad. The 9" model was introduced 3 years ago, the 7 and 12 models 2 years ago.
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Old 09-13-2019, 03:28 PM
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The GO series is the latest mid range series from Simrad. The 9" model was introduced 3 years ago, the 7 and 12 models 2 years ago.
Yea I just think for the price that bundle with the g09, radar, and the total scan for $2,300 is the way to go. I'll probably wait until Black Friday and see if any crazy deals come up. The only downfall is no networking but that's just is what it is. I can still use my iPad on a mount with Navionics and run fish finder on the g09. Not the best setup in the world, but it will be pretty good I think.
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If you get a GS25 and a NMEA 2000 starter kit you can run radar overlay, this will save screen area.
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Itís kinda funny. I really get into the new wiz bang electronics all the way up to the point I get in my boat. Then I donít care
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I will say this: I stuck with my HDS Gen 1 units too long. I didn't upgrade, and didn't intend to upgrade, until the Overton's 40% deal. When I installed the Gen 3 and Carbon units I realized just how far behind the times I was (ironically they're obsolete as well).

If the newer electronics are a major step change from where you're at, go for it.
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I would spend a little more and see if you can get an EVO series. the Go's are nice, but being able to turn a dial when it gets rough is very nice, IMO. Plus a few more features like dual chirp and being able to link them.
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:34 PM
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Bang for the Buck can only be determined by:

How much Bang you want.

How much Buck you have.
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You buy the biggest screen, with the most watts RMS sounder and transducer you can afford.
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The issue is how well/long does the manufacturer support their products with software updates? I have found the first several years of a new product are dogs. There are untold issues they never considered. A product that has been on the market for 3 years has been well tested. The other issue is parts availability. For example I had a 15 year old microwave, the maggie finally died, none were to be found. I've been working on 25 year old Furuno RADAR. The boat was demasted in Maria. The unit works, but the frame is so badly bent, the cover won't seat.
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Originally Posted by MuleyBuckFever View Post
Yea I just think for the price that bundle with the g09, radar, and the total scan for $2,300 is the way to go. I'll probably wait until Black Friday and see if any crazy deals come up. The only downfall is no networking but that's just is what it is. I can still use my iPad on a mount with Navionics and run fish finder on the g09. Not the best setup in the world, but it will be pretty good I think.
IF you don't need the transducer, you can sell for $150-$200 in the classifieds. yes, getting the bundle is like getting a free screen almost. I've seen people get the bundle and then sell the Go9 AND transducer just to save $ on the 4G total cost.

I got the 4G/Go9 bundle last fall and sold the transducer.
If I only had one screen, I think the 9" is rather small. I have a Go12 from the original boat purchase last year and networked the 2 together just for the added capabilities but the networking was not a big deal.
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