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Old 02-09-2012, 10:53 PM
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Default Garmin 740 GPS/ plotter? others? what would you buy?

GPS. plotter, ect. budget is 1800-2k. what would you buy and why?
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:05 PM
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You have lots of options.

740s now under $1300, the new Raymarine e7D under $1600.
C90W's are now mid $1500, even the C140W's are at $2000.

Lots of options out there.
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:14 PM
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I should probably give more info....

boat will be mostly for cruising, I want to have the option to expand. Im really not into fishing, but I wouldnt mind learning. I do usually dive once or twice a week, so adding sonar/ fish finder would be almost a must.

at this point radar is not too important. I do not run far, nor in bad weather. I would like the option to add later. I have been eyeballing the 740 for a while, I was sold on it for a bit, just never pulled the trigger. Now it seems the market is getting broader for the budget friendly units, with out being no frils.

I plan on attending the new england boat show this coming week,(mid week) so I can spend some time looking and talking to the vendors about options ect.

Thanks guys,
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That the thing to do..hit the boat shows.
Walk and talk.
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thank you Semper-fi
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:23 AM
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Do u have to have touch screen? I'd go to a 4208 or 5208 if u have the money. It allows to get a good sounder with the gsd 24. And if u ever want to add another screen or take this stuff off ur boat if u get another.
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Originally Posted by Knot Pursuit View Post
I should probably give more info....

boat will be mostly for cruising, I want to have the option to expand. Im really not into fishing, but I wouldnt mind learning. I do usually dive once or twice a week, so adding sonar/ fish finder would be almost a must.
If you're in a boat, you should have sonar regardless of whether you fish or dive. Sonar helps to keep you from taking a boat with a 4' draft into water that's 3' deep.
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Old 02-10-2012, 06:13 AM
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Right now, for your budget...i think i'd go 740 for gps only and a Furuno 620 OR HDS7 gen 1 if you can still get the rebate.

Separate units is the only way to fly imo and the 740 is such a smooth intereface. The E7 is pretty slick too and i like the knob zoom function but it is more expensive and unless you can use the wifi function i think the 740 would be just as handy.
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I use a Garmin 740 and Simrad NSS8 .... I love my Garmin it's easy to use and has rock solid over the two years I've been using it. but for the money the NSS7 is the best MFD for your money. You can get one for $1379.00 from BOE comes with embedded FF beats the Garmin 740 by light years plus it's networkable and gives you expandibility. I played with a Ray E7 for over five hours before choosing to buy the NSS8. Got it for $1879.00 from BOE.

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First, get the biggest screen that your dashboard and your wallet will comfortably support.

The Lowrance HDS (Gen 1) units are a great deal right now, and if you buy before 2/12 there is rebate money ($200) available as well. You may be able to get an 8 or even a 10" screen in your price range. I picked up an HDS-7 Insight unit this week for well under $1K.
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The 740 is a great GPS and probably the most easy to use right out of the box that you can buy. For the average boater looking for a decent screen it really is a good deal. The only weak link in my opinion is the sonar and the lack of ability to be able to add a seperate higher quality sounder which is where the Garmin network plotters come in to play. This probably would not be a very big deal for you since you are not big in to fishing. Plus the way you would be using it, you could always get a better Airmar transducer than the stock Garmin and it would be all you would ever need.
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I have a 4212 Garmin as the main MFD on the boat.
After a (hidden) fuse failed on the 4212 as we were outbound from Boca Grand last year leaving me without being able to see land and no Sonar/GPS I decided I needed a backup...
I have added the 740s to the panel this past week...
It works just fine with the Airmar Garmin 200/50 inhull transducer... This is an economical combination... West Marine sold me the 740s for 200 off their price and the transducer for 71 (Fort Myers Beach store on Summerlin Rd.)
For those in the area see Big Mike at the store and ask for his best price...
I am not an angler, but the unit shows lots of fish on the ICW at 6 knots...
Now my only decision is which unit to put the radar to...

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Originally Posted by rwidman View Post
If you're in a boat, you should have sonar regardless of whether you fish or dive. Sonar helps to keep you from taking a boat with a 4' draft into water that's 3' deep.
I should rephrase- what was meant by my statement of a sonar being a nice option. As a diver, and having an interest in starting to fish. I am interested in something with more than a basic depth sounder. I am looking for something that has a decent fishfinder, built in

After looking around at my local West Marine store, I am now liking the Raymarine E7D. I will be attending the New England boat show tomorrow. I intend on finding the right unit for me and my needs.

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Guys, Thanks for all the help. I was at the boat show last night, and I purchased my new unit. I ended up purchasing the Raymarine E7D, Platnum+, and B60 transducer. I received an excellent show price to boot. I stopped at every booth selling electronics, and talked with sales guys at each booth. End of the day, I feel I made the right choice. Its an all in one device, its extremely versatile, and expandable, all this and its very easy to use. I would have really liked to get the 9" version, but I didnt feel the difference in screen size was worth the money at this time.

Thanks again guys,
Tom

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Knot...sent you a PM. Looking for same basic system and heading to the show tonight. Curious who you dealt with.
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