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Old 05-12-2008, 08:52 PM
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Default Raymarine C120 vs Garmin 4210

I'm wondering if anyone out here can help me. I'm fairly new to boating. This past summer I purchased a Pursuit 2470 Center Console. Currently I'm having a new custom T-Top fabricated for the boat and updating the Simrad CE34 with either a Raymarine C120 or a Garmin 4210.

I would welcome any opinions from some seasoned boaters regarding the electronics. Many thanks for any advice.

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You will like either unit. If you bottom fish I think you will like the Raymarine fish finder better. Garmin is hard to beat as a GPS, but Ray is very good and the Navionics charts are excellent. If you plan on adding radar the Ray unit is great. Finally, look at the Raymarine E Series if 3D charts and digital radar are important to you. If not the C Series is good.
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I just went through the same research and MrPat has it right. None of the manufacturers seem to be the best at everything. (Maybe the new Furuno Nave Net stuff but that's out of my league) Based on everything I learned Garmin has the best chartplotters, pretty good radar, and so so fishfinders. Raymarine has great fishinders, good radar and the chartplotter isn't quite up to garmin but still good. For my needs (mostly offshore trolling) I need a really good chartplotter with good bathy charts that is easy to use. I also need a really good fishfinder and my radar needs are just to keep from bumping into things. The way I fish I need to stay right on the contours and watch for bait in the water column.

Another factor for me was that I didn't want to be splitting my MFD screen up into 3 sections. My eyes are getting older and I really need a decent sized screen. So that led me to using the MFD for two things and having the third as a stand-alone.

I decided on the 4210, which I'll eventually add garmin radar to. I'm going to change my current 500 watt fishfinder to the Furuno FCV585 1KW. This combo will work well for what I do but your needs may lead to a different balance.
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My father runs a Ray c80 package and I run a Garmin 3010c package (the E-Series Ray is probably more on par with the Garmin 4000 series units). I like the Garmin much better because it of the chart plotter and charts. The Ray fishfinder is in higher def but the garmin fishfinder isnt all that bad. .. Good luck!
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Thank you so much for all your inputs. I greatly appreciate it, very helpful.
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I ended up going with the Raymarine C120 with radar! Got an excellent deal and if you're into fishing, Garmin doesn't come close to the High Def sounder that Raymarine puts out!

Thanks again for all the help.
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I have the Ray C 120 w/ DF, Radar, and AP. Great networked gear. Most seem to think Gasrmin's chartplotter is a little better than Ray's but many of us feel Ray has the best overall functionality compared to the Garmin series. Good Luck!!
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Default Re: Raymarine C120 vs Garmin 4210

Anyone with the Garmin GSD fishfinders have any images to post, to compare them?
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birdman, here is my old unit (2010c) with the out-dated GSD20. I still run the GSD20 with my 3010c.... While the fishfinder isnt in as high def as the Ray, it certainly marks the bottom and fish well. To me a mark is a mark and I would rather have the best plotter available.



If I have a Judge 27 built I will most likely go with the 4210c with GSD22..

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