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Garmin 3205 vs 545

Old 08-16-2007, 08:27 PM
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I am installing a gps in the upper station tower of my bay boat. It will not be flush mounted. I can get a 3205 for about $700 or a 545 for about $120 more. I know the 545 is newer technology, but I think the horizontal setup of the 3205 will work better up on the tower and the interface seems more user friendly. One problem with the 3205 is that I will have to flush mount a garmin antenna and there is already one up there (for the old Garmin 188c flush mounted in the lower station). The 545 has an internal antenna.

Any opinions or other suggestions? Are the advancements in the 545 such that I am being foolish to even consider the 3205? I don't think that I will ever use the satellite imagery technology of the 545 should I purchase it. Thanks.
Old 08-16-2007, 10:06 PM
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Default RE: Garmin 3205 vs 545

Curry ......

Go with the 545 ..... the internal antenna will be very useful in your install. It will fit very nicely and is a breeze to use. I have one on my boat. If you want to add XM Weather all you need to do is purchase the GXM 31 standalone antenna. The antenna acts as the black box. Here's what it looks like on my Whaler. The GXM 31 antenna is to the right of my compass in the picture.

Slideshow of the XM Weather displays. id=362929&section_id=498537

Slideshow of some of the 545 functionality. id=267343&section_id=367376

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Old 08-17-2007, 04:54 PM
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Default Re: Garmin 3205 vs 545

I prefer the vertical orientation of the 545. I'm more concerned with what's ahead of me than I am with whatever I'm passing! The 3205 controls are comfortable for any one used to previous models, but I'm getting to like the new approach. I will be moving back and forth from one to the other, just as you will, so there will be some "muscle memory" to get over.
The best reason for going with the 545 is the photos of marinas and other services, especially if you are going to someplace new! I'm NOT sure how much I'll use my vision card, tho.

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