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Old 10-08-2011, 07:51 PM
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Does anyone know if there has been any talk of Lowerance coming out with a 12 inch screen unit . I'd like to upgrade my old furuno with the new Lowerance but I would rather have the bigger screen if I'm going to spend the money . Is it worth the extra bucks to go with the Simrad even though they are basically the same company .
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:34 AM
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I would say it's worth it due to the NSS user interface. With a 12" screen I guess you plan to run several functions in parallel, then the faster processor and the larger memory of the Simrad will give you a faster system.

Lowrance is targeted towards small to medium sized sport fishing boats so I don't expect they will come out with a 12' unit. Simrad is brand targeted for the part of the marked requiring larger screens.
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:49 AM
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Absolutely worth going to the Simrad. That is an awesome unit with a razor sharp display and Droid-like touch screen. I love my HDS-10, but the menus get tedious especially when time is of the essence.

Simrad, while part of the Navico corporate structure is genetically related to Kongsberg in Norway...a great company. Abbor, am I saying that right?
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The link between Simrad Yachting and Kongsberg Group has become quite weak. Simrad Yachting was previously a subsidiary of Kongsberg, but Kongsberg is now only a minority shareholder in Navico, the parent company of Simrad and Lowrance.

I hope the technology heritage from Kongsberg is still part of the Navico culture. The EVP Research and Development of Navico, located here in Norway, is coming from the previously Kongsberg owned organization and he is also leading the autopilot development at a daily basis according to what I've understood.
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Company culture endures for quite a while though. Raymarine used to be Raytheon and as a big red retiree, I can see the "genetic markers".
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