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Old 10-07-2020, 12:04 AM
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Default Garmin user manual...lost in space

Does one even exist?
Looking for a detailed user manual for my 1242 Xsv touch and my Fantom 18 radar.
I've done google searches, Youtube, and looked all over the Garmin website.. to no avail.

Have to say, piss poor install directions, and even poorer user directions.

BTW, radar returns on the Fantom are crap. 40 miles offshore in the pea soup fog and almost ran head on to another boat.
Chart plotter swings wildly back and forth while running which makes it hard to navigate.
I don't want to have to work this hard trying to figure out what's supposed to be such a "user friendly" system.
Perhaps if I had a detailed user manual I could figure things out.

Practically sick over my decision to choose Garmin, but have only myself to blame as I just assumed Garmin was the latest and greatest and did minimal home work.
Last 5 boats have all had RM with no issues.

I knew I was in trouble when I fired up the new Garmin radar in my driveway and the return looked like my 9 year old thru a balloon filled with red paint on the screen.
When I did the same thing 8 years ago after installing my RM HD radar, my house was perfectly outlined on the screen.

Sorry for the rant, just frustrated as hell.
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Here you go ...

GPSMAP 1242 xsv Touch Manuals
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Here's the radar..

GMR Fantom 18 Manuals
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The owner's manual is embedded in your 1242xsv's software.

Accessing the Owner's Manuals on the Chartplotter

  1. Select Info > Owner's Manual.
  2. Select a manual.
  3. Select Open.


Tom

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Wow!
Thanks Tom!
appreciate it very much!
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Originally Posted by westbootie View Post
BTW, radar returns on the Fantom are crap. 40 miles offshore in the pea soup fog and almost ran head on to another boat.
Chart plotter swings wildly back and forth while running which makes it hard to navigate.
The chartplotter swings and your radar is unstable because you don't have a heading sensor installed - you need a $130 Garmin SteadyCast heading sensor installed into your NMEA 2000 backbone.
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Originally Posted by LI32 View Post
The chartplotter swings and your radar is unstable because you don't have a heading sensor installed - you need a $130 Garmin SteadyCast heading sensor installed into your NMEA 2000 backbone.
I actually have the HS for the auto pilot installed. Its a 9 axis heading sensor.
I just havent installed the pump yet or messed with any of the settings. Perhaps it's not turned on?
Is the steady cast different?
I'd gladly pay $130 bucks to stop the swinging back and forth.
Between the radar and the chartplotter issues , its become a safety issue
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Originally Posted by westbootie View Post
I actually have the HS for the auto pilot installed. Its a 9 axis heading sensor.
I just havent installed the pump yet or messed with any of the settings. Perhaps it's not turned on?
The HS for the autopilot will be perfect for what you need to do. It seems like the AP is not linked to the Garmin and thus not providing the heading data to it.
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Originally Posted by LI32 View Post
The HS for the autopilot will be perfect for what you need to do. It seems like the AP is not linked to the Garmin and thus not providing the heading data to it.
hmmm...
I think its connected to the NMEA 2000 backbone and the ECU and CCU are connected and powered.
only the pump isnt installed.
maybe its not configured in
planning on doing the AP install this weekend and Ill check things out
thank you!
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Originally Posted by westbootie View Post
hmmm...
I think its connected to the NMEA 2000 backbone and the ECU and CCU are connected and powered.
only the pump isnt installed.
maybe its not configured in
planning on doing the AP install this weekend and Ill check things out
thank you!
Exactly! The heading sensor for the pilot will not transmit heading info until it's configured during the autopilot calibration run.
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Exactly! The heading sensor for the pilot will not transmit heading info until it's configured during the autopilot calibration run.
So happy to hear you say this!
I'm asking myself this weekend, what the hell have I bought!
chartplotter was spinning around like it was possessed by the devil.

Thank you!
I've got a million more questions, especially regarding the sonar.
But one thing at a time...
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I printed mine out I’m more of a paper guy. But even the manual doesn’t explain ever option
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Garmin’s simulation feature is one of the best on the market .... it lets you play with you system & learn the functionalities in your driveway or pier side.

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Originally Posted by westbootie View Post
Does one even exist?
Looking for a detailed user manual for my 1242 Xsv touch and my Fantom 18 radar.
I've done google searches, Youtube, and looked all over the Garmin website.. to no avail.

Have to say, piss poor install directions, and even poorer user directions.

BTW, radar returns on the Fantom are crap. 40 miles offshore in the pea soup fog and almost ran head on to another boat.
Chart plotter swings wildly back and forth while running which makes it hard to navigate.
I don't want to have to work this hard trying to figure out what's supposed to be such a "user friendly" system.
Perhaps if I had a detailed user manual I could figure things out.

Practically sick over my decision to choose Garmin, but have only myself to blame as I just assumed Garmin was the latest and greatest and did minimal home work.
Last 5 boats have all had RM with no issues.

I knew I was in trouble when I fired up the new Garmin radar in my driveway and the return looked like my 9 year old thru a balloon filled with red paint on the screen.
When I did the same thing 8 years ago after installing my RM HD radar, my house was perfectly outlined on the screen.

Sorry for the rant, just frustrated as hell.
I don't think you are going to get a plug and play system these days. You have to do your part and understand the system and tweek it.
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Originally Posted by barrell View Post
I printed mine out I’m more of a paper guy. But even the manual doesn’t explain ever option
I agree.
im appreciative of the links that Tom provided, but wish they were more detailed with illustrations/ pictures

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