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Old 03-16-2021, 05:17 AM
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Default Simrad Go series or a Evo......?

So I need to update my electronics and i am lookin at going with a plotter and radar package. I am a Simrad fan but considered Garmin. My only question is, what am I leaving on the table if I use the Go series VS. The Evo series.....? The vessel is a 41 express used for Vacationing and I would be installing a 12" screen......
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If you're networking ANYTHING, do not get the GO - go with the EVO series. If you have the cash, just grab the 12" Evo3, or splurge for the new Evo3s. The GO is a good basic unit that will provide touchscreen navigation and works well with any of the Navico transducers.. but in terms of resolution, processing speed, etc... go with the EVO.

I just upgraded from the 9" GO to the 9" Evo3 and it is a worlds difference in resolution, speed, etc. You're adding radar? You must go with the EVO series
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When you say vacationing, what exactly do you mean. Are you going to use the boat every month or few times a year? If the boat is not going to be used much and you just need something for running around in the area, you can get by with the Go series. If you are using the boat a lot, fishing, running around, etc. go with the Evo. I have both and in addition to the benefits above, I really like using the dial on the Evo, especially when it gets sporty out there.
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Originally Posted by ByrdmanFL View Post
When you say vacationing, what exactly do you mean. Are you going to use the boat every month or few times a year? If the boat is not going to be used much and you just need something for running around in the area, you can get by with the Go series. If you are using the boat a lot, fishing, running around, etc. go with the Evo. I have both and in addition to the benefits above, I really like using the dial on the Evo, especially when it gets sporty out there.
We plan to use the boat for trips...( 100 mile and better from home ) and the vessel curently has 2013 technology on it now with a Garmin 740 and radar. As well as Simrad AP but again older.....
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Is the autopilot AP24 or older?
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Originally Posted by abbor View Post
Is the autopilot AP24 or older?
Truth be told I am not sure, however now I have to ask why does it matter...?
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Originally Posted by galantnole View Post
If you're networking ANYTHING, do not get the GO - go with the EVO series. If you have the cash, just grab the 12" Evo3, or splurge for the new Evo3s. The GO is a good basic unit that will provide touchscreen navigation and works well with any of the Navico transducers.. but in terms of resolution, processing speed, etc... go with the EVO.

I just upgraded from the 9" GO to the 9" Evo3 and it is a worlds difference in resolution, speed, etc. You're adding radar? You must go with the EVO series
Why must you go with EVO series if you are adding radar??
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Originally Posted by Blaugrana View Post
Why must you go with EVO series if you are adding radar??
you don't have to, but I assumed there would be further networking there in the future.

I haven't used the GO w/ the Radar, but have used GO and EVO, and if cost wasn't a major player, I'd pick the evo 100% of the time.
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Originally Posted by galantnole View Post
you don't have to, but I assumed there would be further networking there in the future.

I haven't used the GO w/ the Radar, but have used GO and EVO, and if cost wasn't a major player, I'd pick the evo 100% of the time.
Understood - I made a similar decision Based on costs and knowing I am upgrading from 20year old electronics so anything would be better.

When you say networking, are you referring connecting directly into the EVO and all the ports they have or the NMEA2000 network? If NMEA2000, what shortcomings would one unit have vs the other outside of processing?

Havenít used my units yet but just trying to set expectations
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If you go with the GO series, only the radar and waypoints will show up on more than one unit. GO's are pretty much stand alone units for smaller boats that only need one MFD. If you have other stuff attached to the NMEA 2000, everything will communicate with each other with the EVO series. I have both on my boat, but if you have multiple MFD's and you have a Navionics card, it will show up on all MFD's if they are Evo's. GO's need a card for each unit. Same goes for traditional sonar, sidescan and downscan transducers. For a 41' boat and traveling 100's miles, I would have multiple MFD's and I would want everything communicating with each other.

Yes, you can get by with only one, but for a complex boat, you will need more than one eventually. Why cut corner's?
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Originally Posted by ByrdmanFL View Post
If you go with the GO series, only the radar and waypoints will show up on more than one unit. GO's are pretty much stand alone units for smaller boats that only need one MFD. If you have other stuff attached to the NMEA 2000, everything will communicate with each other with the EVO series. I have both on my boat, but if you have multiple MFD's and you have a Navionics card, it will show up on all MFD's if they are Evo's. GO's need a card for each unit. Same goes for traditional sonar, sidescan and downscan transducers. For a 41' boat and traveling 100's miles, I would have multiple MFD's and I would want everything communicating with each other.

Yes, you can get by with only one, but for a complex boat, you will need more than one eventually. Why cut corner's?
I feel like this is a very good discription of what i was asking thank you......
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I like having buttons on the evo. The go is all touch screen. Much easier to use buttons with wet fingers on a boat. I had a go and upgraded to the evo3.
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I have 1 GO XSE and 2 NSS Evo2's and would swap in another NSS for the GO in a second if an NSS E2 or 3 or 3S would fit in the tower console. IMO the NSS's are superior in several ways mentioned above, and definitely worth the price difference.
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If I’m looking at the EVO3s and would like to leverage all of the scanning options, which transducer do I need to go with? New to the game and will be wiring my 20ft NauticStar dual console this week...
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Originally Posted by JThorntonUF View Post
If Iím looking at the EVO3s and would like to leverage all of the scanning options, which transducer do I need to go with? New to the game and will be wiring my 20ft NauticStar dual console this week...

For transducer..we need to know your fising paramaters....how deep... bottom or midwater..and if you want a transom or thru hull..?
And if you want side scan?
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I have a 20’ DC and my Go9 is perfect, if I had a bigger boat, EVO all the way.
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I love my Go9 but then again it is on an 18' CC.
If you can afford a 41 Express, get the best you can find. IMHO.
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A GO12 XSE is not a bad choice for this boat.
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Originally Posted by abbor View Post
A GO12 XSE is not a bad choice for this boat.
Have one on a 43 Hatteras me and my brother run. Itís an aft cabin motor yacht so it only has a single station. We didnít need the networking capabilities as this is the main display on the vessel. There is another unit that is strictly for backup in case of emergency. We have a simrad 3G dome on it and travel down the west coast of Florida from a little north of Clearwater down to key west in the fall then back in the spring. We donít feel like the unit is lacking capability for the type of boating we do. If fishing was your main goal and you needed a higher power sonar or you had multiple stations or displays that needed to be networked I would say spend the extra cash on the NSS but if you donít need the features I would consider the GO12
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Nice thing about the 12" Evo takes up more dash space than a 12" go.
I do like the buttons/knob of the Evo on a friend's boat though.
My radar networks to either Go but the Transponder can not, thus I have 2 transponders on my transom so I have a backup.

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