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Old 11-28-2003, 02:04 PM
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I am currently equipping a KenCraft Challenger 215CC with electronics and being new to the GPS and Fishfinder world (and THE HULL TRUTH), I would appreciate your advice on GPS and Fishfinders. I really enjoy the advice you guys share on the site.

I am currently leaning towards Furuno having been told many times that they are hard to beat and after reading one or two comparison articles.

However, I need help in deciding first between a combo unit (GPS and Finder in one) or separate GPS with a separate Fishfinder. I have used a Furuno 1650WF once and was reasonbly impressed in the short time I got to play around with it.

What do you guys think is best (single unit combo or separate)? And why?

If seperate, which models make a good combo package?

I will mostly be fishing for King Mackerel, Dolphin, Wahoo and some occasional bottom fishing for Grouper, Snapper, etc. Coastal NC area.

Thanks so much, in advance for the advice.
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Old 11-28-2003, 02:44 PM
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Cant go wrong with either Furuno or a RayMarine unit. Both are high quality equipment. Take a look at your mounting area and of course your budget.

Take a look at these.......

http://thehulltruth.com/6/ubb.x?a=tp...4&m=7196063684



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Old 11-28-2003, 02:51 PM
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Wow..
Loaded question.
How deep are you're pockets, and how much room do you have on you're console?
I run a Furuno bottom machine and Garmin GPS chartplotter with Bluechart, and am very happy with both units if that helps you any.

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Old 11-28-2003, 03:22 PM
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I have two seperate units. already had the gps when i bought a new boat so all i had to add was the fishfinder. combo units may be a little cheaper and won't take up as much room on your console. only thing I know of is if you have to send it off for repairs then you would not have either if its a combo unit untill you got it back. I have a garmin gps with bluechart and garmin fishfinder. no problems with either one. easy to learn to use.
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Old 11-28-2003, 03:55 PM
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If the space limitations permit it I prefer seperate units. My reason is that the technology has, and is likely to continue to, advanced much more rapidly with navigation equipment than it has with bottom machines. So if you are much inclined to keep pretty up to date equipment in your boat you'll have to upgrade your GPS about 3 times as often as your fish finder in my experience. With separate devices you can do that, when they are combined you have to sell it all and buy it all allover again. Basically you get rid of a perfectly good fish finder to get another one just like it and the transaction costs you money. With separate units you only pay for the GPS upgrade. That's how I see it beyond the question of if half breaks its all broken.

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Old 11-28-2003, 04:43 PM
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FWIW, a starting point for selecting electronics........

The National Marine Electronics Association announced this year’s recipients of the product awards distributed at NMEA’s Annual Convention and Exposition at Sanibel Harbour Resort in Fort Myers, Fla. October 22-25, 2003.

The NMEA product awards recognize excellence in design, performance and reliability in marine electronics products. The awards are selected by votes from marine electronics dealers, distributors and other industry professionals. According to the rules, each active, non-manufacturer member of the NMEA and each NMEA-certified marine electronics technician are allowed to cast one vote.

This year’s winners were comprised of 21 companies in 24 different product categories. One hundred and twenty nine products were nominated.

And the winners are...
Autopilot- Recreational Simrad AP20 Series
Autopilot- Commercial Simrad AP50
Compass- Electronic Simrad RFC35R/RC25
Compass- Gyro Simrad RGC50
Electronic Cartography- C-Map NT+
GPS/DGPS/WAAS Position Receiver- Furuno GP-37
Instrumentation- Furuno RD-30
Integrated Navigation System- Furuno NavNet
Marine Antenna- DigitalAntenna 529-VW
Marine Specialty Product- Digital Antenna DA4000 PowerMax
Navigation Plotter- Northstar 952
Navigation Software- Nobeltec Visual Navigation Suite 7.0
Radar- Recreational- Furuno NavNet 1800/1900
Radar- Commercial- Furuno FR-2105 Series
Satellite Communications- KVH Tracphone 252
Shipboard Power Systems- Newmar Phase Three Charger
Sonar- Furuno CH250
SSB Radiotelephone- ICOM M802
Stabilized TV Antenna- KVH TracVision 4
UAIS- Furuno FA-100
VHF Radiotelephone- Fixed- ICOM IC-M602
VHF Radiotelephone- Portable- ICOM IC-M88
Video Sounder/Fishfinder-Rec. - Furuno FCV582L
Video Sounder/Fishfinder- Com.- Furuno FCV-1100

Best of Show! The 2003 vote for Best of Show resulted in a tie vote for the Raymarine DSM 250 and the Sea Tel WaveCall 3000.

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Old 12-10-2003, 02:09 PM
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Guys,

Thanks for all the advice. I will try to put it to good use as I am trying to make a decision this week. I will let you know how it turns out.

If you have any more comments send on and I'll read um.

Thanks again.
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Old 12-10-2003, 03:26 PM
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If you were looking for actual suggestions that one would be easy for me. I'd pick up a Garmin 2006, with color if the budget allowed, the appropriate chip for it, and then plunk down the cash for a Furuno 600L and transducer. Its a small boat dream application to tell the truth, not to big, not to small, not to expensive, extremely high quality for both, and on top of good coustomer service from both companys there are a zillion people on line with the same setup who can help you with any questions you might have.

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Old 12-10-2003, 03:31 PM
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I would recommend againsta combo unit. I have found them very annoying to use and whatever you want to look at is always 2 screen changes away.
For GPS I'd go Garmin, their quality is very good and customer service is out of this world! The 162 is the best bang for the buck IMO.
I have been very impressed with Furuno for bottom machines.
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Old 12-10-2003, 04:46 PM
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I bought a new 21 Seacraft this summer and was faced with the same decision. I put a combo unit-Garmin 188-But now wish I had separate units. Just like Latitude said you seem to always need to change screens. Don't get me wrong I really like the Garmin especially the Gps. But from all I have read if I could change my decision I would probably get a Garmin GPS and a Furuno color fishfinder.
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Old 12-10-2003, 05:05 PM
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I have the 1850dgps from furuno and am pleased with the unit. Due to space limitations(I have everything in E Box on TTop radar vhf stereo)
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Old 12-11-2003, 09:40 AM
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The Garmin 2006C is a great gps and is easy to use. I have a Furuno 600L ff, and it's a good unit also, but a little tricky to use to its' potential.

With that said, I'm considering a new boat for next spring. I'll still go with the Garmin gps, but I might check into the Garmin 320 ff, since I hear it's good unit and easier to use than the Furuno...

Personally, I prefer seperate units.

Good luck.

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Old 01-18-2004, 10:50 AM
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I went with the Garmin GPSMAP 2006 (monochrome) and the Furuno 600L Fishfinder (color).

I mounted the Garmin up at the front of the center console lockable compartment (glove box) so that I could close the cover and protect when not in use. Didn't have enought room to do the same with the FF so mounted it on the dash of the console. Made my choice of mounting positions based on the past Garmin 2006 screen issues (inside the compartment allows more protection from the elements - just in case) and lack of room for both units inside the lockable console compartment on this boat. Didn't want the FF up top in the T-top electronics box as I didn't think I would use like I ought to up there.

Anyway, thanks for all the advice.
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