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Old 03-13-2007, 02:06 PM
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I'm looking at getting top of the line gear two screens that will toggle back and forth, share data the whole nine yards. Which is best?

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Toyota vs Honda?? Both have strengths and weaknesses..
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Old 03-13-2007, 03:26 PM
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Raymarine. Not as user friendly but built much better. Go with Furuno or Northstar if you want the best.
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Raymarine. Not as user friendly but built much better. Go with Furuno or Northstar if you want the best.
You really think so? Garmin has had screen fogging issues in the past, but I'd say their build quality is good and getting better. The new units look like some rugged hardware.

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Old 03-13-2007, 06:29 PM
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I think 2 years ago most "experts" would say raymarine - but the new Garmins look great. Plus - I dont have any experience with Raymarine's service - but I cant see how anyone can compete with Garmin. Lets face it - no matter how well something is built - every manufacturer can have issues - especially when you run a boat off a 4 ft wave doing 35 knots in the salt spray. And I know that if my Garmin has issues - they take care of it fast, and free (even when it was a year out of warranty). All that being said - I do like the raymarine units alot. I dont think you can go wrong - both are great.
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I have been evaluating both and IMO the Raymarine has a better quality look and feel. I have been looking at the C series vs the 3210 as a combined radar and chart plotter. The Ray radar seems to be better accepted. The Garmin G2 charts don't work for me because their depth contour lines only go out to 30 feet of depth or so, after that it is just spot soundings. We troll structure here, and having those contour lines in 70 to 200 feet are a must.
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evaluate the new 4000 and 5000 series garmins look and feel!
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Simrad if you want Best otherwise you'll just think you have the best
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evaluate the new 4000 and 5000 series garmins look and feel!
Maybe, but I am not what you would call an "early adopter" when it comes to stuff for my boats. I won't buy something the minute (or even the first year) it comes on the market. and, unfortunately (for my application) they have the same G2 cartography.
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Simrad - CX44-e Navstation
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Old 03-13-2007, 09:44 PM
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I'd look at the new 4000 and 5000 series Garmin's if you want top of the line. The 3200 series are great, but the new ones look great. I haven't seen one in person yet.

Northstar is top of the line also.
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Old 03-13-2007, 09:47 PM
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evaluate the new 4000 and 5000 series garmins look and feel!
Maybe, but I am not what you would call an "early adopter" when it comes to stuff for my boats. I won't buy something the minute (or even the first year) it comes on the market. and, unfortunately (for my application) they have the same G2 cartography.


That is a very good point and I agree. I have the 3010c bundle and I want to add another screen so i am looking at the 4000 series - but I dont want to be first - But I thought you should......

All kidding aside - I do agree about not wanting to be first - but with Garmin, the service is so good, I might be willing to.
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I like the Garmin stuff and always have. Been using them on my boats for roughly a decade now, and I still buy their stuff for plotters.

I prefer Furuno for the sounder, but when it comes to plotters I've not found anything I like better.
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I have been evaluating both and IMO the Raymarine has a better quality look and feel. I have been looking at the C series vs the 3210 as a combined radar and chart plotter. The Ray radar seems to be better accepted. The Garmin G2 charts don't work for me because their depth contour lines only go out to 30 feet of depth or so, after that it is just spot soundings. We troll structure here, and having those contour lines in 70 to 200 feet are a must.
Did you look at the Garmin bathy charts? Much more detail than the regular charts.
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Old 03-14-2007, 08:37 AM
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Did you look at the Garmin bathy charts? Much more detail than the regular charts.
I looked at the 3210 with maximum detail enabled. Did not know about "bathy" charts... are these add-ins for the Bluechart G2? Garmin sales lit and web site seems to indicate that the 3210 has all the possible charts except the canyon stuff pre loaded. I am on the Great Lakes so canyon stuff does not help me.
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Look at the website for bathymetric charts. They are depth contour anf fishing charts moer that they are nav charts. Im pretty sure they have 1 for the great lakes - but check.
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Here's what the G2 Canyon Bathy's look like.

Embedded G2 offshore detail ......



Add on G2 Bathy detail ......

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As of right now, I view the Garmin plotter much better but the ray fishfinder is much better. You need to determine what is more important to you.

I would look long and hard at the new Northstar equipment if you have Mercury/Mercruiser/Cummins as it links up easily with smartcrat so you can also monitor engine systems through your big screen units. They have a whole new line of offerings that look impressive.
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:12 AM
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evaluate the new 4000 and 5000 series garmins look and feel!
Maybe, but I am not what you would call an "early adopter" when it comes to stuff for my boats. I won't buy something the minute (or even the first year) it comes on the market. and, unfortunately (for my application) they have the same G2 cartography.

The G2 Vision is new and different.

A photo of the G2 vision can be seen at this link. http://www.garmin.com/marine2007/index.html
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:13 AM
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Yes, the bathymetic charts are an a optional G2 add in specifically intended for fishermen. They show all the contours and wrecks for an area. Similar the the Navionics Fish 'n Chip data.

I just checked Garmin's site and it looks like they have them for the Great Lakes. I'm on the East coast, so that's all I had looked at. I assumed they had it for all the major regions. Looks like Garmin only for the east coast, gulf coast and Alaska. Bummer - this probably would have done what you wanted. Kind of silly area to leave out, unless there just isn't data available to make the charts.
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