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Old 07-12-2012, 11:43 AM
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Just had this discussion with my neighbor (at work) who works on boats and cars. He and I both agreed that Garmin has the easier, more intuitive interface when it comes to MFD's.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:50 AM
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I have had a garmin 4012. After it tore up for the 3rd or 4th time, I requested that they give me MSRP trade in for it and they did, if I'd buy a 6012 at MSRP. So, I did that. I've had the 6012 for a yr now. I went out to start the boat up the other day........LCD wouldnt come on. Checked everything out, getting power, could hear it beep when the sd card would be inserted, but LCD wouldnt come on. I called Garmin, and wanted them to ship a unit out by giving them a cc, but the guy said since the 6000 series is fairly new, they will not do that. It is a repair only unit, not replace. Tells me the turnaround time will be over 2 wks. I'm pissed...........I grouched at him a bit and he offered overnight return service comp'd.
I think their cust svc is pretty good, but my track record with their chartplotters is poor. I cant recall sending in any other units I've had in the past 5 yrs, and that's quite alot of marine stuff......garmin radar, furuno 585 x 2, humminbird 989 and 1197c. Now that I think about it, I did have to send a leaking autopilot pump into Garmin.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:33 PM
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I use only garmin products in cars and on previous boats I've always used garmin too going all the way back to Garmin 176C and 276C Car/Boat units.

When I went to outfit my small center console boat this time around though, I ended up with a Simrad NSS-7. I like the Garmin 740S and the Raymarine E7 but for my style of use the Simrad had great features.

The Garmin to me was slower to use because it is all touch screen. I found it faster to operate the raymarine and the simrad because they have both a rotary knob and the touchscreen.

In the end though, the Simrad has been great so far. I'm looking forward to one day adding another display and some of the add on's like structurescan.

I think Garmin is great though and it all comes down to personal preference and what unit has the features you need in particular these days.
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:02 AM
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I own a 4208 and last year bought a 4212 for another boat. I am very pleased with the units. Very easy to use. I have the GSD 22 on one boat with a TM 260 (which made it into an new FF) and I have the GSD 24 with a TM 260 on the 4212. I'm not sold on the GSD 24 yet. The GSD 24 works pretty well on the 200 hz side but Garmin still needs to do some software work on the 50 hz side (I have the latest SW update). Amittedly, I am using the unit in probably the most demanding place possible which is North Eleuthera.

I looked at the newer stuff but hands down for the price on the 42XX models they were the best deal. I'd rather buy moderate priced stuff and change it out every 5 or 6 years to new stuff that to buy top of the line marine electronics.

My one complaint about both units is the quality of the power cables. They are just too light for marine use

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Old 07-13-2012, 05:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Ironworker View Post
I own a 4208 and last year bought a 4212 for another boat. I am very pleased with the units. Very easy to use. I have the GSD 22 on one boat with a TM 260 (which made it into an new FF) and I have the GSD 24 with a TM 260 on the 4212. I'm not sold on the GSD 24 yet. The GSD 24 works pretty well on the 200 hz side but Garmin still needs to do some software work on the 50 hz side (I have the latest SW update). Amittedly, I am using the unit in probably the most demanding place possible which is North Eleuthera.

I looked at the newer stuff but hands down for the price on the 42XX models they were the best deal. I'd rather buy moderate priced stuff and change it out every 5 or 6 years to new stuff that to buy top of the line marine electronics.
I've had the same experience with the gsd24 in deep water. The resolution falls waaaayyy off past 600 feet for all depth levels. I's not that I care what is 600 feet or 1000 feet down, I don't. I care what is between 50 and 300 feet down, and it shows those returns like little dots trying to scale to the full depth. Even when zoomed it's pretty useless.

At one point, I had a huge school of porpi playing around and under my boat, but damned if I could see a hint of it on the sounder. If I were in 150 feet, the screen would have been ablaze.

And this is the rub I have with Garmin. They are a lot like microsoft. They engineer their products wide and shallow for the 80% of boaters who use their gear four or five times a season. To them, a heavy duty cycle is 100 hours. That's three trips for me.

So I catch crap when I say they are a consumer class company. If you want commercial quality, buy it. Otherwise put up with getting 80% of what you want or need.
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by gerg View Post
I've had the same experience with the gsd24 in deep water. The resolution falls waaaayyy off past 600 feet for all depth levels. I's not that I care what is 600 feet or 1000 feet down, I don't. I care what is between 50 and 300 feet down, and it shows those returns like little dots trying to scale to the full depth. Even when zoomed it's pretty useless.

At one point, I had a huge school of porpi playing around and under my boat, but damned if I could see a hint of it on the sounder. If I were in 150 feet, the screen would have been ablaze.

And this is the rub I have with Garmin. They are a lot like microsoft. They engineer their products wide and shallow for the 80% of boaters who use their gear four or five times a season. To them, a heavy duty cycle is 100 hours. That's three trips for me.

So I catch crap when I say they are a consumer class company. If you want commercial quality, buy it. Otherwise put up with getting 80% of what you want or need.

Gerg,

I share your experience with the GSD 24. Its a decent unit up to about 450 to 500' but after that its just not up to snuff. I'm waiting on the Furuno Chirp units.
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:04 PM
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For me its always been Garmin Gps and Furuno bottom machine
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Old 07-14-2012, 02:07 AM
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I bought a 720s unit just so I had something to get a boat i bought in MDR Ca. to Ensenada Mexico. I was planing on putting it on one of my smaller boats later, turns out I like that little sucker, even went & bought a 1200 dollar xducer for it and a Blue whatever card for it as well ( been away haven't tried the card yet) The only dissapointment I have with the 720 s is I cannot interface it with more Garmin screens so it will remain a stand alone unit on the new boat.
If you are looking for a simple sounder/gpsmap unit I would recomend the 720s Garmin product. Also I would recommend buying it from BOE marine electronics, those people have done right by me. Good luck
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:12 AM
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I've never owned anything but Garmin and I've never had a repair issue knock on fiberglass. Customer service has been excellent when I've called with some questions and I really like their HomePort software (just started really playing around with it). And their units are easy to use.

I have no complaints.
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