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Old 09-07-2011, 08:07 PM
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Default $4-5k budget for GPS/DF-FF/Radar?

Been looking at the NSS/package8 from Simrad, but am getting closer to pulling the trigger.. Below is what i am replacing. Radar isnt a requirement since the current one is working just fine but hoping i may be able to fit it in my budget.
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Currently have Furuno Radar (not sure of the model but circa 2000ish)
L750 DF/FF
951X GPS

I dont want to be limited by what my local retailer sells but they really are pushing the simrad.
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:14 PM
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O man.. for a bottom machine I would be looking hard at a Furuno 585L if you have the room, and garmin 4208-12 or 52 series if you have the room .
I was able to put my dream package together and I had a furuno FCV1100 with a garmin 4208, navnet and gp 32.. Yeah I could have went bigger but my main concern was bottom machine. If I was building a system now I would start with a furuno 585L and garmin 42 or 52 series for plotter back up bottom machine and radar.. If you don't like Garmin the navnet is really nice. The navnet bottom machine is better than average, the radar is solid but the chart plotter was not as good as garmin. Just my 2 cents.. enjoy whatever you buy..
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:44 PM
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You should follow the advice from your local retailer. NSS8 and the 3G Braodband radar will give you the latest, most modern and also the best technology available. NSS has taken user friendliness to a whole new level, the plotter is very good and the fishfinder excellent. The 3G BR24 radar won the 18' dome shootout in the UK magazine Practical Boat Owner this summer where the offerings from all the major vendors where participating.

I have a NSS7, and I'm very happy with the unit.
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:07 AM
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What would be the closest competitor to the NSS8/12? HDS10? I want to be sure I check it out too. abbor seems to be the only one i can find that has a NSS and he does love it the though I realize it is still semi new to the market so i am not discounting any others.

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Old 09-08-2011, 07:51 AM
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If you like Furuno, check out the Navnet3D. I have used it since Feb and love it..takes a little getting used to and does have more buttons that some of the others, but once dialed in, it is pretty sweet.
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HDS-8/10 are the closest alternatives to Simrad NSS-8/12. They are not competitors, both products come from the same company, Navico, and share the same technology platform. This means they can use the same radars, sounder modele and StructureScan as well as that the underlying software is the same.

The difference between HDS and NSS is the user interface. NSS has both touch, rotary button and knobs, the menu system are different, there are also a few differences how the different graphical displays look like. The advantage HDS have over NSS is the ability to do data overlay in stead of using seperate data boxes which reduces the screen are for the charts and sounder. According to what I've heard the probability of NSS getting data overlay in next software version is quite high.

I have a HDS-8 and two HDS-5 in addition to NSS7. NSS and HDS can be networked to share the internal sounder modules. This means a HDS-5 can be used as the sounder module for NSS12. NSS7&8 have built-in sounder module and GPS antenna, NSS12 is like NSE and requires external BSM sounder and GPS antenna/receiver.

With software version 4.0 in HDS and a new Navionics chart the zoom and redraw speed of HDS is suprisingly fast and very close to NSS. The hardware in NSS is supposed to be faster than HDS so hopefully the next NSS software release will be optimized to be even faster.
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