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Old 08-31-2011, 10:01 AM
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Anyone have ETecs like I do wired into the Garmin 52/62/72? If so, what do you get? (ps - I don't have iCommand gauges)
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:14 PM
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I have twin 3210's on the Mako and the two screens are great. I have a 5212 with the GSD22 and 4' Open antenna on the Topaz. The 5212 is great and I could not imagine anything faster would mean that much to me. If you have limited space on your dash than you should be happy with the image of the 5212 even with split screen. The touch screen is the way to go and Garmin gives you the best bang for the buck. I'm not sure but if the main difference in the 6212/7212 to the 5212 is the speed it is an expensive premium to pay. I do have room to flush mount another 5212 on the Topaz and will do that over the winter. Two screens are nice.



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Old 08-31-2011, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by superknt View Post
The 42XX set up will be just fine. For a moment think what are you doing with your boat? Do I need a processer that is twice as fast but gives me the same results? I would save the money. I travel all over on a 32 regulator, bahamas, south florida, north florida and have yet to have a speed issue that I couldn't live with. Loading weather maps, yes takes a minute or 2, but then again where are you going to be 2 minutes from now. Faster isn't always better there is always a trade off somewhwere. Save the money and upgrade the sounder.

What he said!
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by superknt View Post
The 42XX set up will be just fine. For a moment think what are you doing with your boat? Do I need a processer that is twice as fast but gives me the same results? I would save the money. I travel all over on a 32 regulator, bahamas, south florida, north florida and have yet to have a speed issue that I couldn't live with. Loading weather maps, yes takes a minute or 2, but then again where are you going to be 2 minutes from now. Faster isn't always better there is always a trade off somewhwere. Save the money and upgrade the sounder.
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:11 PM
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go garmin for everything else but go Furuno for Sounder. I have a 3210 and Garmin radar and sounder but use my Furuno 585 to see what is really down there...
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:34 PM
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Default I would look hard at a 4212 if you have the room.

I have a large screen area and my boat came pre packaged with a 5212 and GMR-18 HD and GSD-22 with a B-60. I hate the 5212 because,

1) It doesn't work with gloves.
2) The screen is always smudged.
3) People always touch it and it zooms in on that spot. I do this myself too and it's very annoying.

So I wanted to install a second screen and was not going to ditch the 5212 so I use the 5212 as the sounder because there's alot less reason to touch it. And I installed a 4212 next to it with is now used as a plotter. The speed of the 4212 seems to be the same as the 5212. The buttons are easy to use with or without gloves and I can still see the screen after a day of fishing. I do fish alot and there's always bass, tuna or blues on the boat and alot of slimey hands grabbing the wheel or flipping through the MFD looking for temps or tides or tracks or whatever else? I also ditched the b-60 and installed a B-164 and that made a difference and I'm waiting on the GSD-24 to come out. So if you can wait until the GSD-24 comes out then do it. The 22 is antique in the sounder technololgy.

One more note, The Garmin chartplotters rock. I've had the HDS-8 and Raymarine C-80's on my previous boats and Garmin is way easier to use. But the current sounder is not quite there.

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Old 08-31-2011, 04:55 PM
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i almost pulled the trigger on the 5212 package but a friend reminded me what i use the unit for primarily (here in the Gulf of Mexico) - sounder. navigation is not a big deal running out of dauphin island. i ended up getting an HDS 10 from Jim@BOE and saved about a grand.
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:55 PM
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I have the very same Garmin package including the B164 transducer. I am very happy with all of it. I spent the last week in BC, Canada in fog and some snotty stuff. I have the 5212 and the 5208 networked. Great system and pretty affordable. Lots of islands, reefs and inlets. Worked very well as usual. 2 years old and all you have to do is continue to update the system when Garmin makes the releases available. Go with the G2 Vision Chips.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by deltarome View Post
go garmin for everything else but go Furuno for Sounder. I have a 3210 and Garmin radar and sounder but use my Furuno 585 to see what is really down there...
dont forget furuno radar is better
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:36 PM
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I have compared my 6212 to a 4212. You will thank yourself for upgrading to the 72 over the 52. They are much faster.
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