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Old 10-15-2011, 07:10 AM
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Garmin's web page says available 4th quarter 2011. Well its the 4th Quarter! Can anyone give us some idea when these units will be available? Will they be everything they have been hyped to be?
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Originally Posted by Ironworker View Post
Garmin's web page says available 4th quarter 2011. Well its the 4th Quarter!
Perhaps they meant it would be the 4th quarter of the 4th quarter 2011.

Now, its only the 2 quarter of the 4th quarter 2011.
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Well, while we're waiting....impatiently for the engineers at Garmin to get back from lunch, lets discuss the relative value of each product.

GSD 24 roughly $700 plus $700 transducer. What I've read is that its going to be comparable or slightly better than other products already on the market (Furuno) that are comparably priced. I find this hard to believe that Garmin is spending all this time just to stay even with the market. Normally a company would be looking to jump ahead of current market technology. I know that Garmins weakness has always been the depthfinders, but I'm hoping they are setting their goals a little higher than the status quo of the market.

GSD 26 roughly $1900 plus $1500 transducer. Bleeding edge of technology (maybe to bleeding). Simrads unit has not been a great success, Will Garmins be any better? Will it be worth the extra $2000 to jump into this new technology. At $10 per pound for fillets, I'm going to have to catch about 400# more snapper and grouper than I would have to break even on buying the GSD 26. If I buy this new fishfinder, I may have to get some new anglers!

So how many are considering one of these units and why would you choose one or the other. Right now, I'm giving strong consideration to spending the extra money on the GSD 26 but I can be talked out of it pretty easily. BTW, I'm bottom fishing in depths ranging from 300' to 1200'.
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i will find out in the spring.i am having a gsd 26 installed in my new hewescraft when it arrives in dec.i am going to the gsd 26 from a raymarine dsm 300 that i was happy with.hope i am happy with the garmin.
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Don't be surprised if the GSD24/26 take longer to come to the retailers.

Look for Garmin to focus on their Aviation and Recreational/Land mobile divisions ahead of their Marine Division.

Even less surprising would be if the GSD's remain static in development after they are introduced.

Hope I'm wrong but the signs are there.

http://garmin.blogs.com/pr/2011/10/g...ness-unit.html

http://www8.garmin.com/buzz/

http://garmin.blogs.com/pr/2011/10/g...-congress.html

http://www8.garmin.com/helicopters/
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Originally Posted by Big E View Post
Don't be surprised if the GSD24/26 take longer to come to the retailers.

Look for Garmin to focus on their Aviation and Recreational/Land mobile divisions ahead of their Marine Division.

Even less surprising would be if the GSD's remain static in development after they are introduced.

Hope I'm wrong but the signs are there.

http://garmin.blogs.com/pr/2011/10/g...ness-unit.html

http://www8.garmin.com/buzz/

http://garmin.blogs.com/pr/2011/10/g...-congress.html

http://www8.garmin.com/helicopters/
I'm really not following your logic here. Garmin has a design team, process engineering, manufacturing, QA, etc., already allocated and directed towards the marine division in gneral and the new gsd's in particular.

So what if they show aero and terrestrial a little marketing love? Did they have a staff reduction or budget cut in the marine division?

If not, whatever else they do isn't relevant. The issue of the gsd's being late to the party is more a function of design testing than investments in other divisions.

No matter, it's all hype until they ship something to real customers.
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Originally Posted by Ironworker View Post
Well, while we're waiting....impatiently for the engineers at Garmin to get back from lunch, lets discuss the relative value of each product.

GSD 24 roughly $700 plus $700 transducer. What I've read is that its going to be comparable or slightly better than other products already on the market (Furuno) that are comparably priced. I find this hard to believe that Garmin is spending all this time just to stay even with the market. Normally a company would be looking to jump ahead of current market technology. I know that Garmins weakness has always been the depthfinders, but I'm hoping they are setting their goals a little higher than the status quo of the market.

GSD 26 roughly $1900 plus $1500 transducer. Bleeding edge of technology (maybe to bleeding). Simrads unit has not been a great success, Will Garmins be any better? Will it be worth the extra $2000 to jump into this new technology. At $10 per pound for fillets, I'm going to have to catch about 400# more snapper and grouper than I would have to break even on buying the GSD 26. If I buy this new fishfinder, I may have to get some new anglers!

So how many are considering one of these units and why would you choose one or the other. Right now, I'm giving strong consideration to spending the extra money on the GSD 26 but I can be talked out of it pretty easily. BTW, I'm bottom fishing in depths ranging from 300' to 1200'.

My logic is this. I already have the GSD 22 and a B260. I understand that the GSD 24 will be about 600 and I can use an adapter to use my current transducer.

So for me - its all about whether or not the GSD 24 is 600 dollars better than the 22. I actually like the 22 - but if the 24 is supposed to be better - I will probably sell the 22 and buy a 24.


AND - at this point - I wont install it until April anyway - so I dont care when it comes out. Id like to see the boys in Florida get it and use ot for a few months before I get mine anyway!!!
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Here are my expectations...

GSD 24 establishes new standard for digital fishfinders on the market.

GSD 26 such a leap forward in fishfinder technology that everyone that bought anything else just wants to dump the old stuff and buy the GSD 26.


I guess my expectations may be a little on the high side?
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Originally Posted by Ironworker View Post


I guess my expectations may be a little on the high side?
Not at all...any fisherman worth his salt needs to be an optimist.

When I go fishing I always expect a favorable outcome.

Nothing wrong with having high expectations concerning marine electronics....its what keeps us broke and the manufactures wealthy...
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My days of hardcore fishing are over. These days I get up at 7:30 am and have breakfast, get down to the dock around 8:30 am. Stop at the ice house on the way out at 9:00 am and lines in the water by 9:30 am. Normally we are back at the dock around 1:00 PM sometimes 2:00. The fish are cleaned by 5:00 and blender is going full speed around 4:30 PM.

If this new GSD 26 could knock off 30 minutes of my fishing trip that would be a few more Mango Bangos I could get down before lights out at 9:00 PM.
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Originally Posted by Ironworker View Post
Well, while we're waiting....impatiently for the engineers at Garmin to get back from lunch, lets discuss the relative value of each product.

GSD 24 roughly $700 plus $700 transducer. What I've read is that its going to be comparable or slightly better than other products already on the market (Furuno) that are comparably priced. I find this hard to believe that Garmin is spending all this time just to stay even with the market. Normally a company would be looking to jump ahead of current market technology. I know that Garmins weakness has always been the depthfinders, but I'm hoping they are setting their goals a little higher than the status quo of the market.

GSD 26 roughly $1900 plus $1500 transducer. Bleeding edge of technology (maybe to bleeding). Simrads unit has not been a great success, Will Garmins be any better? Will it be worth the extra $2000 to jump into this new technology. At $10 per pound for fillets, I'm going to have to catch about 400# more snapper and grouper than I would have to break even on buying the GSD 26. If I buy this new fishfinder, I may have to get some new anglers!

So how many are considering one of these units and why would you choose one or the other. Right now, I'm giving strong consideration to spending the extra money on the GSD 26 but I can be talked out of it pretty easily. BTW, I'm bottom fishing in depths ranging from 300' to 1200'.
So the 24 wont use someone's existing Garmin transducer?
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Originally Posted by dreamin-on View Post
So the 24 wont use someone's existing Garmin transducer?

Its my understanding that it may or may not. I'm hoping that it will but still for comparative purposes at standard high performance transducer is still cheaper than the CHIRP transducers.
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Originally Posted by dreamin-on View Post
So the 24 wont use someone's existing Garmin transducer?
The GSD 24 will work with the current Garmin transducers but needs an adapter as the connectors have changed from a 6 pin to 8 pin.
I will include the adapter for my customers so it will be seamless.

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Originally Posted by Ironworker View Post
Here are my expectations...

GSD 24 establishes new standard for digital fishfinders on the market.

GSD 26 such a leap forward in fishfinder technology that everyone that bought anything else just wants to dump the old stuff and buy the GSD 26.


I guess my expectations may be a little on the high side?
I just heard a rumor that the GSD 28 (Garmin says 2012) actually will cause fish to jump into your boat. This way you don't need to waste time with the whole process of catching them.
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I just heard a rumor that the GSD 28 (Garmin says 2012) actually will cause fish to jump into your boat.


The GSD 28 works on the principle of transmitting the collected speeches of Barack Obama on 500 different frequencies and at a cone angle of 90 degrees.

The Beta units still have some bugs to work out..so far the fish have not gone as far as jump into any boats..most of them just floated to the surface quite dead.
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The GSD 28 works on the principle of transmitting the collected speeches of Barack Obama on 500 different frequencies and at a cone angle of 90 degrees.

The Beta units still have some bugs to work out..so far the fish have not gone as far as jump into any boats..most of them just floated to the surface quite dead.
No, what I herd is they have changed the voice to Sarah Palin, and now the fish ARE jumping into the boat!!!
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No, what I herd is they have changed the voice to Sarah Palin, and now the fish ARE jumping into the boat!!!
Must be a dual mode unit...
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Sarah Palin? Heck I'm jumping in the boat as well!
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any of the dealers here have any idea of when these might actually be released? anyone ever seen screen shots or anything like that from the 24?
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Having worked for a high tech company for the last 15 years, I do know that when they say the release is scheduled for the 4th quarter - or any quarter, that normally means the last day of the quarter at 11:59 PM. So assuming their quarters match up with the calendar year, that means Dec 31st at 11:59, right as they pop the cork for the new year. To expect anything else is setting yourself up for disappointment.
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