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Old 01-25-2007, 06:47 PM
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Default Navman 8120 Pros Cons????

Does anyone have this unit or has anyone been on a boat that does


Old 01-25-2007, 09:52 PM
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Got one on my H/S 2800 Vector. You will need plenty of dash space for it but it works like a charm. They had a program going on when you buy one you get a FREE C-Map MAX chip of your choice. The new C-Map's are pretty cool. They have the navigation lights flashing on the screen like the actual ones do. The picture is great. I was worried about it being so large it would be grainy but it is sharp and clear. It moves between screens fast and the redraw speed is quick to. I like that I can save screen combo's like full chart plotter or full depth or a combo of other split screens. They are supposed to have the radar out this year.

The depth finder is great I was out in the Gulf a couple of weeks ago and could watch a 3oz weight go down and a grouper come back up. You could even see the short groupers going back down after we unhooked them. I have an Arimar thru hull transducer attached to the Navman and also used the NMEA output to go to my DSC radio. The hookup was easy and quick. I would buy another in a heart beat.
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I have a Navman 8120 too. Great plotter and as stated above you can customise the screen to any combination (up to four) of plotter, radar, sounder, smartcraft, fuel data, etc and save it to your favourites. The radar is out now but I have not heard any reports on how good it is. It will feature MARPA too with a software upgrade later this year.

The only problem I had was with the sounder. Navman had problems with their thru hull transducers. They are now sourcing these from airmar which seems to have fixed it. I went fishing yesterday in up to 3' seas with a 5' swell cruising mostly about 26 knots and it held bottom at all times.

Would I get one again? Maybe not. I would spend the extra money and get the best. Furuno.

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I had a Furuno on my last boat. With an Airmar thru hull. The Furuno and the navman are pretty close but I could NEVER see the fishing weight's going down with it. I really thought about the Furuno this time but am glad I didn't get it. The Navman seem's to read better. I know the transducer makes a BIG difference but the machine has to translate the signal. This Navman seems to do a little better job.

As far as the plotter function I can only compare it to the Standard cp150 I had on my old boat and the Garmin 276 on my flats boat. The Standard was monochrome so No Comparison. The Garmin is nice but alot smaller so it is hard to compare. Although the chart in the Garmin doesn't seem to have as much detail as the C-Map Max. The Garmin stops at the bottom side of Tampa Bay so you have to buy another chart if you want to fish both coast. Just more money to spend.

The Navman was OVER $1,000.00 less than Garmin's 12" system, and it included the dual freq transducer, the C-Map Max Chip, and fuel rate sensors for twin F250 Yamaha's.

No Brainer to me.
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I picked on up over Christmas, but have not installed it. I purchased after looking at Garmin and Raymarine, but for $1700 I could not go wrong and it had some pretty good reviews. The boat will not hit the water for another 4 months so I cannot comment on performance, but it looks pretty nice in the box....

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dtmackey - 1/26/2007 10:40 PM

I picked on up over Christmas, but have not installed it. I purchased after looking at Garmin and Raymarine, but for $1700 I could not go wrong and it had some pretty good reviews. The boat will not hit the water for another 4 months so I cannot comment on performance, but it looks pretty nice in the box....

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Where did you find one of these for $1700?
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I would be happy to share where I purchased. It was from Navaid Marine in FL and they shipped to my door. I negociated the price down $200 from where we started. I'm not plugging them, just answering the question www.navaidmarine.com

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Thanks DT.....I did not see that unit on their website.
Looks like an awesome unit.
I wonder if BOE would price match?
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Navaid Marine Good People. I got mine from them also. They gave me GREAT Customer service. I had a problem with mine out of the box (cracked screen) and they just replaced it with no questions. They even had the replacement shipped UPS Next Day to their store knowing I was going to install it that weekend. I will continue to do business with and recommend them.
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ReelDreams1 - 1/28/2007 11:41 AM

Navaid Marine Good People. I got mine from them also. They gave me GREAT Customer service. I had a problem with mine out of the box (cracked screen) and they just replaced it with no questions. They even had the replacement shipped UPS Next Day to their store knowing I was going to install it that weekend. I will continue to do business with and recommend them.
I was not going to play up their service, but they were very eager to do business, had the best price (by far) and I will buy from them again. I also learned that by tilted element transducer is full compatable with the unit and the new connector was only $8.00 to adapt it. This saves me about $300 from buying a new tranducer. Now I just need some warm weather to install the darn thing.




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Sorry for the multiple posts, but I just saw one on Ebay for $1499 in the box fatory sealed. Yikes, they are getting cheap.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NAVMA...spagenameZWDVW

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Install is easy. Except for cutting that GIANT Hole in your console. That was the scarry part. I bet I measured and moved it around Ten times.

One of the cool things on the unit is the buddy tracker. I hooked the unit to my DSC Radio for the Lat/Long and it is supposed to track your buddies from their DSC transmissions and show their actual position on the screen. Great way to keep track of your friends. One of my buddies lost his GPS offshore in the Keys last year and I had a tough time getting back together with him to get him back to port. If I had him on my screen from his last transmission it would have been alot easier.
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Glad someone started a thread on the Navman 8120. I bought the navman 6600 last year and now I wish I had spent a little more for the 8120. Recently found the Northstar m121 for less money than the navman and they appear identical - Made by the same company. Any one have thoughts on the Northstar m121? That 12" screen has got to be nice.
BTW, the "track your buddies" only work if both vessels use the Navman radios.
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I was told either Northstar bought Navman or the other way around. Either way it is the same unit. Are you sure it only tracks with another Navman? The way I read it, it should track from any DSC radio that respond's with it's position. The NEMA data should travel both directions, to and from the units. I know if someone sends a distress call it will track it on the screen. It should also do your buddies. It has a menu for the buddie list to put in your friends MMI numbers. I will have to try it with a couple of people I know.
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Default The DSC functionality is a product of the radio not the plotter

Your Northstar has a DSC Log function that can store a number of incoming DSC calls or reponses (Garmins can store up to 100 DSC msgs). Your VHF radio can be set up with a buddie list that you can use call individuals or as a group if you set up the group before hand. This is what the Garmin DSC Log looks like.

Short DSC Video ........

http://bluewaterpirate.phanfare.com/album/106135/121051

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Default DSC functionality is a product of the radio not the plotter

Your Northstar has a DSC Log function that can store a number of incoming DSC calls or reponses (Garmins can store up to 100 DSC msgs). Your VHF radio can be set up with a buddie list that you can use call individuals or as a group if you set up the group before hand.

Short DSC Video ........

http://bluewaterpirate.phanfare.com/...121051/8379912

This is what the Garmin DSC Log looks like.

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Nnorthstar or Navman didnt buy each other.

Navman was bought by Brunswick New Technology about 4 years ago, Brunswick New Technogogy then bought Northstar a couple of years ago. Navman never penetrated the US market that well, although it has in Europe and the rest of the world. So it was decided to convert some of the Navman products to Northstar branding as Northstar has a good reputaion in the USA.

After all that Brunswick are selling Bruswick New Tecnology.
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Corporate Deals!

Gotta Love them.

I figured Someone would know. Like I said, Either way it is the same unit.

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