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Old 03-24-2007, 07:48 PM
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I am looking for a nice GPS/ chartplotter (7" minimum ), any recommendations?? I am putting together a new electronics package and considering a couple of options, Either individual units (FF,GPS plotter & Radar)or a network system such as Raymarine's C 120 (w/Radar, FF & GPS), or Furuno's Navnet vx2 (10.4" or twin 7" displays)........I would prefer individual units , any suggestions ??
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Have you thought about a Garmin? I have a Garmin 2006c (discontinued) and it has been great for me. Also, I think I and others on this site believe that the Garmin chartplotters are the best available. You may want to give Garmin some thought...
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I faced the same dilemma a year ago, I went for separate units. For GPS I went with a Lowrance GlobalMap 6600 HD. The included charts are good, the screen resolution is great and is a very easy to see display. Mine is a 7 in, they also have it in an 8.4 and a 10.4 in. Good bang for the buck. Good luck.

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I just got a Lowrance 7300CHD from Jim at BOE for under 1000.00 Cant beat that price for a 10.4 inch color screen with built in maps.
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I like the Furuno's for radar and FF.
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Thanks for the suggestions , I guess I'm not the only guy to prefer to have seperate electronics. I will definitely look into the Garmins and Lowrance units for Chart Plotters, Furuno for radar and FF. Has anyone had any experience with Sitex ???
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We are currently investigating Chartplotters. We have a very good fishfinder(Furuno) and are thinking of using two. One to read the bottom and one to read the diff. water columns. We looked at a Raymarine C120. The only thing I didn't like is that you have to buy a black box seperately to hook up the transducer(thru hull) and that runs 1k. We got a price of around 3800 for everything. That is what Boaters World quoted us. We also looked at the Lowrance and it seems to be a good price for what you get. We will probably look at the Garmin 3210 w/blue charts to compare.
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I would go Garmin Chartplotter & Furuno 620 or 585 for the fishfinder. As far as radar Furuno is the best but if your not looking for birds & just want it for navigation to see whats out there Garmins will be fine. I went threw the same decision a while back & I went with the Garmin 3206 & the Furuno 585 & for what I am planning on using the radar for (navigation) it will probably be Garmins. Very happy with both units.

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Hey Sharkfisher, How do you like the Carolina Classic ? have you had any problems with the outdrive/ jackshaft?
I would imagine that the ride is more like a "big" boat with that heavy engine in the center of the hull. Which outdrive do you have , Volvo composite by any chance?
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Put the 2 largest displays that your helm can handle. If space & budget allow, install 3

With 2, even w/o networking you should be able to feed GPS to both displays via NMEA so you have:

Display 1 - Plotter & Radar

Display 2 - Plotter & FF

By changing the display options you can get maximum flexibility. Of course if they are networked, you can get any config you want


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