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Old 08-30-2011, 06:58 AM
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Let's say I went with this setup:

Garmin 5212 display / charplotter
GSD22 for depth and fish finder
GMR18HD for radar

How long do you think this setup will last before someone would want to upgrade it? Now I know that's a tough question to answer but what I'm getting at is in about 2 years am I going to want to upgrade or is this high enough up the totem pole of Garmin's product line that it should last me for say 5+ years? I'm really not trying to break the bank on upgrading electronics.

The other question is, would it bother anyone to just have one display? I really don't have much room up top on my console. Here's a pic:



If you were me what would you do? Would you:

A) Leave the existing Garmin 178 as a backup and add the 5212
B) Remove the Garmin 178, install the 5212, never look back
C) Remove Garmin 178, Add 5212 and add another screen
D) something else
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Originally Posted by keithelder View Post
Let's say I went with this setup:

Garmin 5212 display / charplotter
GSD22 for depth and fish finder
GMR18HD for radar

How long do you think this setup will last before someone would want to upgrade it? Now I know that's a tough question to answer but what I'm getting at is in about 2 years am I going to want to upgrade or is this high enough up the totem pole of Garmin's product line that it should last me for say 5+ years? I'm really not trying to break the bank on upgrading electronics.

The other question is, would it bother anyone to just have one display? I really don't have much room up top on my console. Here's a pic:



If you were me what would you do? Would you:

A) Leave the existing Garmin 178 as a backup and add the 5212
B) Remove the Garmin 178, install the 5212, never look back
C) Remove Garmin 178, Add 5212 and add another screen
D) something else
I think the 5212/GSD22/GMR18 is a great package. Before I go on, I will say that it is clearly not Garmin's newest setup. Having said that, the pricepoint makes the package very attractive.

Your looking at a savings of over $3k when compared to a 7212/GSD24/GMR24HD. Conceptually you will have the same thing, all in one 12" touch screen display with a fishfinder and a radar. Is it the latest/greatest/best on the market? Not at all.

I would get the setup and not look back. As for your Garmin 178, perhaps overhead can be a new home as the bracket mount looks like something I had on my 1988 Boston Whaler 15 Sport.
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That set up will work and at an affordable price..it just might be a good balance in this economy.

If anything I would at lest go with the newer sonar unit that will be coming in November ..the GSD24. Just make sure it is matched with a top of the line transducer.

The whole point is to put yourself on fish..and upgrading the sonar will help do that more than getting a newer chart plotter.

I see you are running Etec's.....I love those units.

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Originally Posted by keithelder View Post
The other question is, would it bother anyone to just have one display? I really don't have much room up top on my console. Here's a pic:
I have a single 3210 on my 28 Hydra-Sports and I usually have it on split screen sonar/ map. Of course, bigger is better, but there's no problem with having both screens up there at the same time. It wasn't that long ago that we all made do with a bunch of 5" and 7" screens, because that was the biggest thing that existed for pleasure craft. Given that your tight for space, this seals the deal in my mind that one display is totally fine.
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@I'm on a boat / @semperfishing

Good feedback guys. You both mentioned the GSD24 which is coming out. Do you both really think this is just going to be just so much more awesome than the 22?

@semperfishing - I love my ETecs! One of THE main reasons I bought this boat.

@noahchanin - good feedback, I'm totally OK having just one screen, but really like the idea of keeping the 178 around as a backup you know? I was a boy scout and that whole always be prepared thing comes to mind.
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Great combo..I installed same setup before splashing her..LOVE the touch screen. I kept my 545s as second unit , but never really use..love the 12in screen for these tired old eyes lol

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Originally Posted by R220Robalo View Post
love the 12in screen for these tired old eyes lol
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I have a tired young eye!

Had several surgeries on my left eye because of a detached retina a couple years ago. Bigger is definitely better.
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To answer your question. I could easily see the 5212 lasting you 5 years plus. It is a robust and reliable system. Garmin is also great with supporting units once they are out of production, and making everything backwards compatible. So you can upgrade things as you go if needed.
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I have almost that exact set up and love it. Only thing I would change is the xducer. The default/std xducer is fine for <250' but gets flakey afer that.
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Good feedback guys. You both mentioned the GSD24 which is coming out. Do you both really think this is just going to be just so much more awesome than the 22?
The gsd 22 could never be accused of being awesome, so you have to modify your question.

The 22 is a very good depth sounder, as long as you aren't looking for depths less than 2 feet (why does anyone need a depthsounder for 2 feet anyway?). But as a fishfinder, it's basically adequate as long as you don't expect too much.

Nobody has a 24 or 26 yet. The only people who have seen them have only seen demo's. We don't know for sure how good they are but even if they are as good as the better units available, it will be a big plus.
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Originally Posted by keithelder View Post
@I'm on a boat / @semperfishing

Good feedback guys. You both mentioned the GSD24 which is coming out. Do you both really think this is just going to be just so much more awesome than the 22?


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I have most positive thoughts about the new GSD-24...I am lukewarm on the GSD22 especially if you are running only a marginal transducer.

I have heard a great deal about the amount of time and effort put into the new design of this unit...Garmin is sparing no expense to put some quality engineering into it. This just may be a feather in their cap.

But then ...I am the eternal optimist by nature.

I always think my next fishing trip, my next sonar, my next wife will be the best one yet!

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Originally Posted by keithelder View Post
@I'm on a boat / @semperfishing

Good feedback guys. You both mentioned the GSD24 which is coming out. Do you both really think this is just going to be just so much more awesome than the 22?
Semperfishing is pretty much the authority on sounders.
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I have a 6212 with that exact setup. I am very pleased with the performance of the entire unit. I have a airmar 260 1kw trans. I have held bottom at 1500' I would seriously take a loook at the 7212 if you are wanting to do the most up to date. The 42 and 52 series have been out for a few years now.
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Trust me I would love to install the 72 and 62 they are just so dang expensive. I know my wife will kill me for sure. I'm going to *try* to go to the 62 if I can but right now just don't see it happening.
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I just read another forum post comparing the 5212 and the 7212. It seems the 7212 is just way faster. As a computer programmer I hate waiting on things, especially computers. I may have to roll up to the 7212 and just bite the bullet.

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Originally Posted by keithelder View Post
I just read another forum post comparing the 5212 and the 7212. It seems the 7212 is just way faster. As a computer programmer I hate waiting on things, especially computers. I may have to roll up to the 7212 and just bite the bullet.

Dear future children I may have someday. I'm sorry but I spent your inheritance. Sincerely... Dad.
Or better yet: "Dear Future Ex-Wife. Yes, I spent more money on boating and electronics than I did on you; hundreds of thousands in fact. Yes, you sacrificed a lot so that I could have my selfish pleasures. I didn't buy diamonds or gold or real estate. You can't get back anywhere near what I spent on these during the settlement. I'm just going to consider this a pre-tax expense and not look back. And btw, those fishing rods and reels really cost $1400 a piece, not $140. Sorry about that chief."
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I think you were holding too much back on that last rant, tell us what you really think!

Trust me brother, been there, done that!....I know just how you feel.
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Actually I'm still on number 1 and have been for 25 years. If you count the time we've been together before being married, it's 34 years. I was just using hyperbole.

Yeah, that's it.
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i know its quite alot if price difference but look hard into the 7212 or 6212... if you can afford it, your gonna hate the redraw speeds with all those attachments.... but still thats a great setup if thats what you can afford
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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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