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Old 05-15-2008, 03:58 PM
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picking up my new boat next thursday and was looking for some feedback on electronics. boat is a Pioneer 197 sportfish with Suzuki 150. boat will be used for near-shore king fishing and spanish macks. what would you put on it? combo gps/sounder? separate units? what has worked for you? thanks guys.
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I think a lot of people would agree that Garmin is one very good option to consider. There is currently great pricing on the 3210 10" multifunction GPS display either by itself or bundled with a sounder, weather module and port expander.

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On my 20 foot Proline I use a combo unit. I would opt for a larger screen. If this is a 2007/2008 than your Suzuki will be NMEA 2K compliant so get a unit that can connect up to the NMEA 2K buss and display all your engine and fuel management info in addition to GPS/Chartplotter and FF.

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Thanks for the feedback. Will the Garmin 3210 connect to a NMEA 2k port? My Suzuki DF150 is a 2008. Can you flush-mount the 3210?
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I would also look at the Lowrance units. Definitely a better fishfinder then the Lowrance, Garmin is always said to be a better GPS so I wont argue that point. NEMA interface is much easier with Lowrance but Garmin is getting better.
Right now Garmin weather is awsome, Lowrance isnt out yet.
For me a better fishfinder was more important then a possible marginial better GPS unit.
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First of all & most important I assume you have a good compass (they still work). For flats, freshwater & nearshore (under 100' of water) get an economical Garmin WAAS enabled handheld GPS and the best saltwater compatable fishfinder you can afford. Remember KISS: keep it simple stupid.
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tango2echo - 5/16/2008 6:23 PM

Thanks for the feedback. Will the Garmin 3210 connect to a NMEA 2k port? My Suzuki DF150 is a 2008. Can you flush-mount the 3210?
No, the 3210 is a NMEA 0183 unit. This summer there will be a NMEA 2K gateway out that should convert the 3210 to NMEA 2K, the NGW-1. See this link below. Yes, you can flush mount the 3210. I have a 3010C flush mounted, very simliar to the 3210 except not with the preloaded maps.

The Garmin 4XXX and 5XXX units are NMEA 2K compliant.

http://www.actisense.com/HTML/Produc...%201/index.php

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I think a good choice for your boat would be http://www.lowrance.com/en/Products/...pecifications/

It has an excellent FF & GPS/CP, and for about $42 for the cable, it can be interfaced with your Suzuki engine on the N2K. And if you buy one before Jule, you'll get a free fishing HotSpots chart chip, or whatever you choose from their list. Intuitive to use, and has a brilliant, sharp display.
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Look at the Garmin 4208 or 4210 for NEMA2000. Great units and expandable for radar, xm stallite, depth, gps, etc. Do a google search on Garmin 4208 bundle or just call Jim at BOE marine. He can get you set up. He's a sponsor of the site and has his own forum off the main page.
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Furuno Navnet 3D or Garmin 4xxx or 5xxx units. I tried the Bluecharts for the Eastern Great Lakes yesterday and they were very accurate. I'd get the 12" screens because the little 5 inch(525) I used wasn't too great when scaled to a few miles or more.

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all good advice guys. thanks for the feedback. for the record, i have always carried a handheld gps and a handheld vhf on every offshore trip on every boat i have ever owned, regardless of the boats electronics. you can always use a second and third line of com/nav. i also verify my compass and make my own deviation cards for each. sometimes just for fun we will run a "dead-reckoning" course to a wreck 20-25 miles offshore with only speed and a compass bearing to follow. if it is fairly calm and you stay on your bearing i can usually put you within 200 yards of the wreck. i learned to do things the old way from guys who made their living running 21 ft skiffs with semi-reliable engines to the stream. beleive me, i love having sharp displays, redundant gps's, multiple radios, and gadgits as much as the next guy, but you still have to know how to get home when the worst happens and nothing works. when i decide on electronics for the new boat i will post it here and see what you guys think.

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Do the Garmin 4000x series have NEMA 2000 components and will they hook up to a Yamaha F150?

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