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Old 02-25-2004, 09:31 AM
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I had intended to only go with Furuno products, but I am no considering using the Furuno 10" Navnet as my radar and depth sounder. Then get a Garmin 2010c as my main chartplotter. I have no experience with the Garmin products, but hear really good things about them.

Other than redraw speed being faster than Furuno, what does the 2010c do better than the Furuno? Does it have more or better features?
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I just purchased a Garmin 2010C to go along with my Furuno 1610 Depthfinder/GPS. I love the Furuno as a depthfinder but the GPS has a lot to be desired and will only be used as a backup GPS unit now. I think the Garmin are the easiest to use GPS units on the market, plus the Bluechart data is really awesome as it's like looking at a NOAA chart on your screen. When I looked at both units side by side the Garmin had a much brighter screen in full sunlight and with the Furuno standing directly in front of you were fine, but if you were off to the side the screen was much harder to read. Just go into a retail store and compare them side by side and find out which one is easiet for you to use.

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I think the Garmin units are more intuitative - ie. easier to use, whereas I find many of the Furuno units not very intuitative. I had a Furuno Loran many years ago and one of their GPS's several years ago and was constantly having problems remembering how to operate them - my problem I know, but I was operating the Garmin 2010 long before I had to look something up in the manual. Like the NavNet units, the 2010 requires a lot of space so be sure you have the room.
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Garmin is constantly updating their software and it is easy for the end user to update their unit. That may not really be a selling point but I agree with the others on the ease of use and outstanding charts with the Garmin.
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How about storing waypoints? Easy? Does Garmin give you a lot of room to properly name your points?
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quote:Originally posted by Buck Wild:
How about storing waypoints? Easy? Does Garmin give you a lot of room to properly name your points? I had a 2006c (same as 2010c, but slightly smaller). Storing waypoints was easy for me. The unit could have used a few more spaces for characters for naming some spots with long names, but abbreviations worked just fine. (Not sure if the 2010c has more spaces for characters...) I liked the Garmin 2006c enough that I'm buying another one for my next boat.
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IMO the 2010 has sufficient waypoint room. Once you decide on a short quick reference name scheme, their long name box is longer than most.
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I believe you have 10 characters for naming a waypoint on the 2006 & 2010.

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Yes, 10 characters for the quick name, and then maybe 30 or 40 for a more detailed description. I think it holds 2000 waypoints - wish I had the time and the means to need 2000 waypoints.
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I haven't used it yet on the water but one nice feature I looked at while comparing units is that the Garmin will let you choose a waypoint by either name... or by closest proximity too you. Could be convenient if you have a long list of waypoints.

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Thanks guys. I think I'm going to go with the 2010 and the Nevnet unit.

I understand that the Garmin is real easy to connect to a computer for waypoint maintenance. Is this true?
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$45 interface cable and a PC with Garmin Mapsource loaded. I loaded the latest version of software (5.30) and it's very easy to work on your waypoints to edit names & icons and then upload it to your Garmin. Just make sure you delete all your waypoints on the Garmin first before you upload the new waypoints, otherwise you'll end up with double listing. So far it's been working very smoothly without any bugs or glitches.

The only bad part was the interface cable only comes with a old style serial connection and not the new USB connection... I then had to buy another USB to Serial adaptor for $40

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